Hastalekha, Hasta-lekha: 3 definitions



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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Hastalekha in Kavya glossary
Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Hastalekha (हस्तलेख) refers to “sketching practice before producing an object of art”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 7.72; 21.69.—Cāṇḍūpaṇḍita gives hastolaka as an equivalent. In 21.69 the word lekhaka used in connection with hastalekha means “an artist”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Hastalekha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hastalekha (हस्तलेख).—Sketching practice before producing an object of art, hand-drawing; अस्यैव सर्गाय भवत्करस्य सरोजसृष्टिर्मम हस्तलेखः (asyaiva sargāya bhavatkarasya sarojasṛṣṭirmama hastalekhaḥ) N.7.72; हस्तलेखमसृजत् खलु जन्मस्थानरेणुकमसौ भवदर्थम् (hastalekhamasṛjat khalu janmasthānareṇukamasau bhavadartham) ibid.21.69.

Derivable forms: hastalekhaḥ (हस्तलेखः).

Hastalekha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms hasta and lekha (लेख).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hastalekha (हस्तलेख):—[=hasta-lekha] [from hasta] m. hand-drawing (khī√kṛ, ‘to draw, sketch’), [Naiṣadha-carita]

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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 (even English!). 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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