Gandharvashastra, Gāndharvaśāstra, Gandharva-shastra: 2 definitions

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

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Source: Google Books: Dattilam: A Compendium of Ancient Indian Music

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.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gāndharvaśāstra (गान्धर्वशास्त्र).—song, music; यद्गन्धर्वकलासु कौशलम् (yadgandharvakalāsu kauśalam) Gīt.12.28; Ks.12.27.

Derivable forms: gāndharvaśāstram (गान्धर्वशास्त्रम्).

Gāndharvaśāstra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gāndharva and śāstra (शास्त्र). See also (synonyms): gāndharvakalā, gāndharvavidyā, gāndharvaśikṣā.

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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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