Atatala, Ata-tala: 2 definitions

Introduction:

Atatala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Atatala refers to a “rhythm with three beats” of music and dance play, as defined in Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—Madavi sang and danced with the four parts, ukkiram–first line, turuvai–second line, ābokam–third line, prakalai–last line, playing the rhythmic syllables in the right order, adding music. Then she started with ata-tala (rhythm with three beats) having three svaras in every beat, and then she finished in eka-tala (rhythm with one beat) which has one svara for one beat.

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context information

Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṭatāḷa (ಅಟತಾಳ):—[noun] a variety in the rhythmic beating in keeping time in Karnāṭaka music system, having fourteen units of equal length, in each cycle.

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Āṭatāḷa (ಆಟತಾಳ):—[noun] a variety in the rhythmic beating in keeping time in Karnāṭaka music system, having fourteen units of equal length, in each cycle.

context information

Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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