Karunarasa, aka: Karuna-rasa, Karuṇarasa; 4 Definition(s)


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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Karuṇarasa (करुणरस) refers to the “pathetic sentiment” used in dramatic performance (nāṭya). It is a Sanskrit compound composed of the words of karuṇa (pathetic) and rasa (‘sentiment’). This sentiment is produced from a combination of determinants, consequents and complementary psychological states.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Karuṇarasa (करुणरस) refers to the “pathetic sentiment” or the “sentiment of pathos” as defined by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century).The basic feeling of karuṇa is sorrow (śoka) and it is generated by excitants (vibhāva) like bereavement of near and dear ones, ensuants (anubhāva) like shedding of tears and variants like debility etc. Though Cirañjīva has not mentioned the colour and deity of karuṇa-rasa, Viśvanātha, the author of the Sāhityadarpaṇa, has mentioned pigion coloured (kapata) as the colour of karuṇa-rasa and the presiding deity is the god of death (Yama). Cirañjīva has classified bereavement (viprayoga) into two types—one is created by one’s going to a distant place and the other is caused by death.

Examaple of the sentiment of pathos (karuṇa-rasa):—

ayi jīvita! pāmaro’ paro bhavatā ko’pi samo na vikṣyate |
yadupekṣya bhavān sthito divaṃ gatamekākitayā nijesvaram ||

“On life! no other is seen to be wicked equal to you, as you are alive alone ignoring the fact that your own lord has gone to heaven.” (Mādhavacampū)

Notes: This is the speech of Campakokarikā at the sight of her husband lying dead in the battle field. In this verse the departing of Campakokarikā’s beloved husband is excitant, the debility on the part of Campakokarikā is the variant. With these the sentiment of pathos (karuṇarasa) has been manifested.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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karuṇārasa (करुणारस).—m (S) One of the nine rasa or sentiments, that of Compassion. See rasa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karuṇārasa (करुणारस).—m Pathos.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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