Gunakirtana, aka: Guṇakīrtana, Guna-kirtana; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Gunakirtana in Natyashastra glossaries]

1) Guṇakīrtana (गुणकीर्तन, “extolling virtues”) refers to one of the thirty-six “characteristic features” (lakṣaṇa) of perfect ‘poetic compositions’ (kāvyabandha) and ‘dramatic compositions’ (dṛśyakāvya, or simply kāvya). According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 17, these thirty-six lakṣaṇas act as instructions for composing playwrights. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

2) Guṇakīrtana (गुणकीर्तन) refers to “enumeration of the beloved one’s merits” and represents the third of the ten stages of love (kāma) arising in a woman (strī) and men (puṃs) alike, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Guṇakīrtana (गुणकीर्तन, “enumeration of merits”).—One of the thirty-six lakṣaṇa, or “excellent points of a dramatic composition”;—Description of guṇakīrtana: When merits of men who excel others in qualities in this world, are ascribed to one single person, it is an instance of Enumeration of Merits (guṇa-kīrtana).

2) Guṇakīrtana (गुणकीर्तन).—One of the ten stages of love (kāma);—To express by means of sportful movement of limbs, smiles and glance and other efforts the idea that ‘there is no one else like him’, is called enumeration of the beloved one’s merits (guṇakīrtana). Representation of love in the fourth stage (i.e. should he made by horripilation at the enumeration of merits of the beloved and wiping off tears, and sweats, and by constant confidential talk to the female Messenger.

(Source): archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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