Dolapada, aka: Dolāpāda, Dola-pada; 2 Definition(s)

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Dolapada 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)

1) Dolāpāda (दोलापाद).—One of the 108 karaṇas (minor dance movement) mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 4. The instructions for this dolāpāda-karaṇa is as follows, “the Kuñcita feet thrown up, and two hands swinging from side to side in a manner befitting the dance.”.

A karaṇa represents a minor dance movements and combines sthāna (standing position), cārī (foot and leg movement) and nṛttahasta (hands in dancing position).

2) Dolāpādā (दोलापादा) refers to a one of the thirty-two cārīs, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 11. The Dolāpādā-cārī is classified as a ākāśikī, or “aerial”, of which there are sixteen in total. The term cārī  refers to a “dance-step” and refers to the simultaneous movement of the feet (pāda), shanks (jaṅghā) and the hip (ūru). From these cārīs proceed dance as well as movements in general.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Dolapādā (दोलपादा).—A type of aerial (ākāśikī) dance-step (cārī);—Instructions: one Kuñcita foot thrown up and moved from side to side and then caused to fall on the ground as an Añcita foot.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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