Avahittha, Avahitthā: 5 definitions

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Avahitthā (अवहित्था, “dissimulation”).—One of the thirty-three ‘transitory states’ (vyabhicāribhāva), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 7. These ‘transitory states’ accompany the ‘permanent state’ in co-operation.

2) Avahittha (अवहित्थ) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘combined hands’ (saṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

3) Avahittha (अवहित्थ) also refers to a type of posture (sthāna) for women (strī); defined in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 12. Accordingly, “The sthāna will be maintained by a dancer till any movement begins. For during a dance the sthāna is at an end when the cārī (‘dance-steps’) has begun. This is the rule of the sthāna for women and for men as well.”

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

1) One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-four combined Hands).—Avahittha (dissimulation): two Alapadma hands are held on the chest. Usage: erotic dances (śṛṅgāra-naṭana), holding a playball, the breasts.

2) One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-six combined Hands).—Avahittha: Śukatuṇḍa hands held against the heart. The patron deity is Mārkaṇḍeya. Usage: debility, wasting of the body, eager interest, thinness.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

1) Avahitthā (अवहित्था, “dissimulation”) is the concealment of appearance. It is caused by determinants (vibhāva) such as shame, fear, defeat, respect, deceit and the like. It is to be represented on the stage by consequents (anubhāva) such as speaking like another person, looking downwards, break in the speech, feigned patience and the like.

2) Avahittha (अवहित्थ).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with combined hands (saṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): When the two Śukatuṇḍa hands meet each other on the breast and are bent and then slowly lowered, the Avahittha hands will be the result.

(Uses): It is to be used in indicating weakness, sigh, showing one’s body, thinness [or the body] and longing [for a beloved].

3) Avahittha (अवहित्थ).—A type of sthāna (posture) for women.—Instructions: The left foot will be Sama and the right (lit. the other at the side) foot Tryaśra (obliquely placed) and the left waist raised up.

(Uses): This Sthāna is known (lit. remembered) as natural for women during conversation [with anyone], in determination, satisfaction and conjecture. In representing anxiety, amorousness, sportiveness, grace, the Erotic and the like [Sentiments] and looking towards the way of someone [coming or going] this Sthāna is to be used.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avahitthā (अवहित्था) or Avahittha (अवहित्थ).—

1) Dissimulation in general.

2) Dissimulation or concealment of an internal feeling, regarded as one of the 33 subordinate feelings (vyabhicāribhāva); भयगौरवलज्जादेर्हर्षाद्याकारगुप्तिरवहित्था (bhayagauravalajjāderharṣādyākāraguptiravahitthā) S. D.; or according to R. G. व्रीडादिना निमित्तेन हर्षाद्यनुभावानां गोपनाय जनितो भावविशेषोऽवहित्थम् (vrīḍādinā nimittena harṣādyanubhāvānāṃ gopanāya janito bhāvaviśeṣo'vahittham); for ex. see Ku.6.84, or Bv.2.8.

Derivable forms: , avahittham (अवहित्थम्).

See also (synonyms): abahitthā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avahittha (अवहित्थ).—nf.

(-tthaṃ-tthā) Dissimulation. E. a neg. vahir outer, sthā to stand; an irregular form: what does not shew outwardly.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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