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Lāsya, aka: Lasya; 3 Definition(s)


Lāsya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Lāsya can be transliterated into English as Lasya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Lāsya (लास्य) refers to a “gentle form of dance”, in the form of a specific type of dramatic play (nāṭya) similar to that of the Bhāṇa type, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20.

There are twelve types of the lāsya defined:

  1. Geyapada,
  2. Sthitapāṭhya,
  3. Āsīna (Āsīnapāṭhya),
  4. Puṣpagaṇḍikā,
  5. Pracchedaka,
  6. Trimūḍha,
  7. Saindhava,
  8. Dvimūḍhaka,
  9. Uttamottamaka,
  10. Vicitrapada,
  11. Uktapratyukta,
  12. Bhāvita (Bhāva).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Lāsya dancing is very sweet.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Lāsya (लास्य) is a gentle dance. The word lāsya is derived from the root ‘las’ meaning to play, to frolic. It is so called due to the mutual state of attraction between a woman and a man. Abhinava explains ‘lasana’ as ‘krīḍā’—the sportive state. It is the mutual jo ining of one’s mind with that of the other, i.e., the state of attraction of a wo man in regard to a man or of a man in regard to a woman.

Source: svAbhinava: Abhinavagupta’s Treatment of the lāsyāṅgas

about this context:

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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Sthitapāṭhya (स्थितपाठ्य).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—If a separated woman burning with ...
Uktapratyukta (उक्तप्रत्युक्त).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—The Ukta-pratyukta is a duett...
Bhāvita (भावित).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—If a woman who is burning with the fire of l...
Pracchedaka (प्रच्छेदक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When a separated woman pained by the...
Trimūḍhaka (त्रिमूढक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—A play adorned with even metres and ab...
Saindhavaka (सैन्धवक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When one represents a lover who has fa...
Geyapada (गेयपद).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When the Heroine being seated surrounded wi...
Puṣpagaṇḍikā (पुष्पगण्डिका).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When a woman in the guise of a m...
Dvimūḍhaka (द्विमूढक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—Delineating a song of the Caturasra ty...
Uttamottamaka (उत्तमोत्तमक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—The Uttamottamaka is composed in...
1a) Saindhava (सैन्धव).—The king of Sindhu country could not defeat Arjuna supported by K...
Āsīna (आसीन) refers to one of the twelve types of lāsya, or “gentle form of dance” according to...
Āsīnapāṭhya (आसीनपाठ्य).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When one sits without making any toi...

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