Bhavakatva, Bhāvakatva: 1 definition


Bhavakatva 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 Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)

Bhāvakatva (भावकत्व) refers to one of the experienced forces of poetical compositions producing  aesthetic pleasure according to Bhaṭṭa Nāyaka.—Bhāvakatva drives away all worldly attachments or adversities from the minds of the spectators. The generalization of dramatic characters (vibhāvas) being completed by the function of bhāvakatva, the function of bhojakatva becomes operative. . According to Abhinavagupta the function of bhāvakatva which brings about the vibhāvas in their generalise aspect is nothing but a proper use of guṇa and alaṃkāra in a poem and in a drama by the four types of acting to awake rasa through the function of suggestion, and is present both in the words and in the sense. Abhinavagupta also says that the acceptance of bhāvakatva is not necessary because a man with trained intellectual powers can generalize the vibhāvas and other appearing objects. He opines that this generalization is created by revelation of one’s blissfull consciousness and this revelation is produced by vyañjanā. So Bhāvakatva is totally similar to vyañjanā.

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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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