Dramaturgy: 1 definition


Dramaturgy 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: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (natya)

Dramaturgy is an important topic of the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—As the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa primarily follows the Nāṭyaśāstra, a huge influence of the Nāṭyaśāstra on the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa is seen. The rules of Sanskrit dramaturgy as found in the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa have already been discussed in chapter III. Besides, the Sanskrit dramas, the Aṅkīyā Bhāonā of Assam, Kūṭiyaṭṭam of Kerala, Kathakalī of Kerala, etc. also contain many elements of Sanskrit dramaturgy. Aṅkīyā Bhāonā is a special kind of drama created by Srīmanta Śaṅkardeva, the great Saint of Assam. Kūṭiyaṭṭam is a kind of theater and Kathakalī is a kind of Dance-drama of Kerala. Most of the elements of Sanskrit dramaturgy such as the auspicious starting, right projections of costume and make over, necessary gestures, projections of appropriate sentiments through acting etc. are seen to be maintained in these dramatic performances.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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