Catura: 13 definitions
Catura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Chatura.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
1) Catura (चतुर).—One of the 108 karaṇas (minor dance movement) mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 4. The instructions for this catura-karaṇa is as follows, “the left hand with Añcita, (i.e., Alapallava) gesture, the right hand with Catura gesture, the right feet in Kuṭṭita (i.e. Udghaṭṭita) pose.”. A karaṇa represents a minor dance movements and combines sthāna (standing position), cārī (foot and leg movement) and nṛttahasta (hands in dancing position).
2) Catura (चतुर, “clever”) also refers to a specific gesture (āṅgika) made with the eyebrows (bhrū), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. These gestures of the eyelids (puṭa) are supposed to be performed in accordance with the corresponding gestures of the eyeballs (tārā) and the eyelids (puṭa). These gestures form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).
(Instructions): slightly moving and excending (?) the eyebrows in a pleasing manner. (Uses): in love (śṛṅgāra), sportiveness (lalita), pleasing object (saumya), pleasing touch and awakening (sukhasparśa).
3) Catura (चतुर) also refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), 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).
(Instructions): The four fingers stretched and the thumb bent near the middle finger. (Uses): It is to be applied in representing policy, discipline, penance, cleverness, a young girl, a sick person, perfidy, gambling, proper words, salutary truth, and tranquillity.Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
1) One of six movements of the Brows: Catura: the brows meeting and faintly quivering. It is used in touching one another’s face, heart’s bliss, and excitement.
2) One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta):—Catura: the thumb is bent to touch the base of the third finger, the first and adjoining fingers outstretched together, and the little finger extended (separately). Usage: musk, a little,gold, copper etc., wet, sorrow, aesthetic emotion (rasāsvāda),eyes, difference of caste, oath, playful converse (sarasa), slowstepping,breaking to pieces, seat (āsana), oil or ghī, etc.
According to another book: in the Patāka hand, the thumb is made to touch the middle line of the third finger, and the Kttlefinger is stretched out. It originates from Kaśyapa, who usedthis hand to show the way to Garuḍa when he wished to steal thenectar. Its sage is Valakhilya, its colour variegated, its racemixed, its patron deity Vainateya. Usage: gorocana, dust, playful converse, red paint (laktaka), concentration of mind (or attention), camphor, eye, chin, earring, face, brow, side glance, beloved, policy, musk, sugar, honey, oil, ghī, cleverness, mirror, gold, diamond, emerald, sufiiciency, a little, a moderate quantityof anything, indigo, white colour, mixed caste, sword, cheek, tip of the ear.Source: archive.org: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style (natya)
Catura (चतुर) refers to “expanding the eye-brows slightly up”, and is classified as one of the seven movements of the eye-brows, which forms a part of upāṅga (minor body-parts) in Nāṭyaśāstra. Catura can be used in amorous gestures, grace, calmness, touching.
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).
India history and geogprahySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Catura.—cf. caturaka; a square. Note: catura is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
catura : (adj.) clever; skilled; shrewd.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Catura, (Deriv. uncertain. Perhaps from tvar to move, that is quickly. Sk. catura) clever, skilled, shrewd J. III, 266; VI, 25.—Der. f. abstr. caturatā cleverness Vbh. 351 (=cāturiya). (Page 261)
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
catura (चतुर).—a (S) Shrewd, sagacious, intelligent, ingenious, clever.
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cātura (चातुर).—a (S Common in poetry and ballads.) Shrewd, sagacious, intelligent, ingenious, clever.
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cātūra (चातूर).—a (cātura S) Shrewd, sagacious &c.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
catura (चतुर).—a Shrewd, sagacious, intelligent, ingenious, clever.
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cātura (चातुर).—a Shrewd, clever.
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Catura (चतुर).—a. [cat-urac]
1) Clever, skilful, ingenious, sharp-witted; सर्वात्मना रतिकथाचतुरेव दूती (sarvātmanā ratikathācatureva dūtī) Mu.3.9; Amaru.15.44; मृगया जहार चतुरेव कामिनी (mṛgayā jahāra catureva kāminī) R.9.69;18.15.
2) Quick, swift.
3) Charming, beautiful, lovely, agreeable; न पुनरेति गतं चतुरं वयः (na punareti gataṃ caturaṃ vayaḥ) R.9.47; Ku.1.47; 3.5;5.49.
-raḥ 1 A round pillow.
2) Crooked gait.
3) An elephant's stable.
-ram 1 Cleverness, ingenuity.
2) An elephant's stable.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) 1. Dexterous, ingenious, clever. 2. Visible, perceptible. m.
(-raḥ) 1. A round pillow, one for the cheek. 3. An elephant stable. E. cat to ask, Unadi affix urac.
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(-raḥ-rī-raṃ) 1. Perceptible, visible. 2. Speaking well or amiably. 3. Driving, one who drives, a driver, a charioteer, &c. 4. Clever, able, ingenious. 5. Relating to four. f. (-rī) Dexterity, ability, cleverness. m.
(-raḥ) A small round pillow for resting the cheek upon. n.
(-raṃ) a four-wheeled carriage, a cart holding four people. E. catura dexterous, or catur four, aṇ affix; also with kan added cāturaka.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Catura (चतुर).—I. adj., f. rā. 1. Dexterous, [Pañcatantra] 161, 2. 2. Ingenious, [Pañcatantra] 158, 9. 3. Charming, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 8, 94. 4. Quick, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 3, 176; ºram, adv. 188. Ii. n. Cleverness, [Amaruśataka, (ed. Calcutt.)] 20.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Catura (चतुर).—1. [adjective] swift, quick, dexterous, clever, skilful in (—°); [abstract] tā [feminine], tva [neuter]
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Catura (चतुर).—2. (—°) v. catvār.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Catura (चतुर):—[from catasṛ] 1. catura mfn. ifc. = tur (cf. upaand tri-, [Pāṇini 5-4, 77], [vArttika]; a-,vi-,su-, [Vopadeva vi, 29])
2) 2. catura mf(ā cf. [gana] arśa-ādi)n. (√cat, [Uṇādi-sūtra]) swift, quick, [Kathāsaritsāgara x, 108; Rājataraṅgiṇī iii, 176]
3) dexterous, clever, ingenious, shrewd, [Raghuvaṃśa; Vikramorvaśī; Kumāra-sambhava; Pañcatantra] etc.
4) charming, agreeable, [Raghuvaṃśa; Bhartṛhari]
5) visible, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
6) m. a round pillow (cf. cāt), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) the fish Cyprinus Rohita, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]
8) ([scilicet] hasta) a particular position of the hand, [Purāṇa-sarvasva]
9) n. = -tā [gana] arśa-ādi
10) an elephant’s stable, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
11) Cātura (चातुर):—1. cātura mfn. ([from] catur) drawn by 4 (a carriage), [Pāṇini 4-2, 92; Kāśikā-vṛtti]
12) 2. cātura mfn. ([from] 2. cat) clever, shrewd, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
13) speaking kindly, flattering, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
14) visible, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
15) governing, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
16) m. a small round pillow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. galla-cāturī)
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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Ends with: Acatura, Ardha-catura, Avadacatura, Didacatura, Didhacatura, Kacatura, Khanda-catura, Laukikacatura, Lilacatura, Padacatura, Prapancacatura, Prayogacatura, Priyacatura, Sucatura, Tricatura, Upacatura, Vicatura.
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The Mirror of Gesture (abhinaya-darpana) (by Ananda Coomaraswamy)
Satapatha Brahmana (by Julius Eggeling)
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
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Verse 3.3.44 < [Part 3 - Fraternal Devotion (sakhya-rasa)]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
The Natyashastra (by Bharata-muni)
Khadira-grihya-sutra (by Hermann Oldenberg)