Avasaniki, Āvasānikī: 1 definition


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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āvasānikī (आवसानिकी) refers to a type of song (dhruvā) according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32.—“The āvasānikī-dhruvā should have feet of metres which rest between Gāyatrī and Atiśakkarī. The āvasānikī-dhruvā which falls between the Śakkarī and Atikṛti metres, consists of a foot and a half of these. The foot of an āvasānikī-dhruvā should be made up of short and long syllables, according to the rules of yati, metre and its measurement in mātrās. For the superior and the middling characters the āvasānikī-dhruvā should be Caturasra, and for the inferior characters it will be Tryasrā. When the dhruvā is full of meaning in all its parts vṛtta should be applied in it. On the strength of the vṛtta the dhruvā should be āvasānikī.”.

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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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