Bahutva: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Bahutva (बहुत्व, “amplification”) refers to the opposite of the reduction (alpatva), and is one of the ten characteristics (gati) of the jāti (melodic class), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 28. It is also known as bahutvagati or bahutvasvara. Jāti refers to a recognized melody-type and can be seen as a precursor to rāgas which replaced them.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra 28.95, “the amplification (bahutva) is the opposite of the reduction (alpatva). The reduction as well as the amplification always occurs from convention (lit. early fixation) in relation to particular notes of the jāti, and the reduction is of two kinds”.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bahutva (बहुत्व).—

1) Abundance, plenty, numerousness.

2) Majority or plurality.

3) (In gram.) The plural number.

Derivable forms: bahutvam (बहुत्वम्).

See also (synonyms): bahutā.

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

Bahutva (बहुत्व).—n.

(-tvaṃ) Plurality, multitude, muchness, abundance. E. bahu much, tva aff. of the abstract.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bahutva (बहुत्व).—[bahu + tva], n. 1. Multitude, Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 997. 2. Majority, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 73.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bahutva (बहुत्व).—[neuter] multiplicity, multitude, majority; the plural number ([grammar]).

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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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