Gandharvashastra, aka: Gāndharvaśāstra, Gandharva-shastra; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Gāndharvaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Gandharvasastra or Gandharvashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Gāndharvaśāstra (गान्धर्वशास्त्र, “theory of music”).—Monier-Williams explains this term, by equating it with gāndharvakalā, i.e. “art of the Gandharvas, song, music”. Since gāndharva is often used in the epics to indicate music—the art which, according to the ancient Indian opinion, was especially practised by the celestial musicians (gandharvas)—gāndharvaśāstra in the context of Dattilam 1 obviously refers to the theoretical aspect of music, because this treatise deals with the theory of music.

(Source): Google Books: Dattilam: A Compendium of Ancient Indian Music
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

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