Ghantikajala, Ghaṇṭikājāla, Ghantika-jala: 1 definition

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Ghantikajala 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.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Ghaṇṭikājāla (घण्टिकाजाल) refers to a “string of bells” and is classified as a type of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the ankles (gulpha) to be worn by females, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Ghaṇṭikājāla is composed of the sanskrit words ghaṇṭikā (bells) and jāla (net, snare). Such ornaments for females should be used in cases of human females and celestial beings (gods and goddesses).

Ābharaṇa (‘ornaments’, eg., ghaṇṭikājāla) is a category of alaṃkāra, or “decorations”, which in turn is a category of nepathya, or “costumes and make-up”, the perfection of which forms the main concern of the Āhāryābhinaya, or “extraneous representation”, a critical component for a successful dramatic play.

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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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