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

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Gandharvashastra 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.

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 MusicNāṭyaśāstra book cover
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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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