Kacchapi, aka: Kacchapī; 1 Definition(s)


Kacchapi 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Kachchhapi.

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Kacchapī (कच्छपी).—According to Śivaramamurit, the term kacchapī might have indicated a “guiter-like vīṇā”, an instrument, which he observed in the sculptures at Amarāvatī. The pear-shaped resonator resembles a tortoise-shell, but the long neck of this instrument contradicts a comparison with the animal.

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