Kuttamita, Kuṭṭamita: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Kuṭṭamita (कुट्टमित, “pretented anger”) refers to one of the ten “natural graces” of women (svābhāvikā), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These natural graces, also known as svabhāvaja or sahaja, represent one of the three aspects of graces (alaṃkāra) which forms which forms the support of sentiments (rasa) in drama. The natural graces (such as kuṭṭamita) are defined according to the science of sāmānyābhinaya, or “harmonious representation”.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “‘pretended anger’ (kuṭṭamita) arises on account of the joy and perplexity in lover’s touching the hair, the breast, the lip and the like, and it is feigning distress when actually there is delight”.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Kuṭṭamita (कुट्टमित) or Kuṭṭimita is an Alaṃkāra term signifying “the obstructive yet graceful movements of a young woman pretending to be angry at the importunities of a lover”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 21.30. Here the word [kuṭṭimita] meas simply “graceful movements”. It is used in Kuṭṭanīmata (verse 151); in Bṛhatkarthāmañjarī 9.2.1281-2 and in Haravijaya 3.22.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuṭṭamita (कुट्टमित).—The affected repulse of a lover's endearments or caresses (one of the 28 graces or blandishments of the heroine). The S. D. thus defines it :-केशस्तनाधरादीनां ग्रहे हर्षेऽपि संभ्रमात् । प्राहुः कुट्टमितं नाम शिरःकरविधूननम् (keśastanādharādīnāṃ grahe harṣe'pi saṃbhramāt | prāhuḥ kuṭṭamitaṃ nāma śiraḥkaravidhūnanam) 142.

Derivable forms: kuṭṭamitam (कुट्टमितम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kuṭṭamita (कुट्टमित).—n.

(-taṃ) One of the ten graces of women, affected repulse of a lover’s caresses.

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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. 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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