Kavisamaya, Kavi-samaya: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Kavisamaya 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: Mankhaka a sanskrit literary genius (natya)

Kavisamaya (कविसमय) or the “poetic convention” is a technical term used to denote certain things and ideas in a certain impractical form or manner, prevalent amongst the Sanskrit poets. These are the famous assumption of the poetic community. These kavisamayas are actually beautiful and fanciful descriptions of certain things or objects, generally not to be found in our practical experiences. These are found only in the works of great poets. Thus, the kavisamaya is a peculiar, but at the same time important literary component.

Rājaśekhara divides the kavisamaya into three groups—svargya, bhauma and pātālīya. These three are again subdivided into four varieties viz. jāti, dravya, guṇa and kriyā. Moreover, these four have their own three-fold divisions such as asato nibandhanaṃ i.e. describing things which are not actually found in a certain place, satopyanibandhanaṃ i.e. not describing things as existing even when they do existand niyamataśca i.e. artificial restriction on the existence of things.

Natyashastra book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kavisamaya (कविसमय).—convention of Poets.

Derivable forms: kavisamayaḥ (कविसमयः).

Kavisamaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kavi and samaya (समय).

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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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