Avrittidipaka, aka: Āvṛttidīpaka, Avritti-dipaka; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Āvṛttidīpaka can be transliterated into English as Avrttidipaka or Avrittidipaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Avṛttidīpaka (अवृत्तिदीपक) refers to one of the 93 alaṃkāras (“figures of speech”) mentioned by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century) in his Kāvyavilāsa and is listed as one of the 89 arthālaṃkāras (figure of speech determined by the sense, as opposed to sound).—Ālaṃkārikas like Mammaṭa etc. have admitted mālādīpaka and not āvṛttidīpaka. Perhaps Jayadeva is the first to admit āvṛttidīpaka. In the Kuvalayānanda of Appayyadīkṣita āvṛttidīpaka gets mention.

Jayadeva’s definition of āvṛttidīpaka has been accepted verbatim by Cirañjīva. When the illuminating word which connects both the contextual and non-contextual thing are repeatedly mentioned it is the figure āvṛttidīpaka.

Example of the āvṛttidīpaka-alaṃkāra:—

sudhāṃśurbhāti yāminyā kāminyā bhāti kāmukaḥ
latayā bhūrūho bhāti bhūsuro bhāti vidyayā ||

“The moon shines by the night, the lustful person shines with an woman, the tree shines with a creeper and a Brahmin shines with his learning”.

Notes: Here the Brahmin is contextual and the moon, the lustful person and the tree are non-contextual. They are tied up together with the illuminating word (dīpaka) bhāti which is repeatedly used. So it is an example of āvṛttidīpaka.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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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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