Lasaka, Lāsaka: 6 definitions

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Lasaka 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

Kavya (poetry)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Lāsaka (लासक) is the name of an actor (nartaka), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, as a great elephant (gajendra) said to Pracaṇḍaśakti: “... [king Ugrabhaṭa] was living happily in the city of Rāḍhā with his wife Manoramā, who was equal to him in birth, there came to his court from a foreign country an actor named Lāsaka. And he exhibited before the king that dramatic piece in which Viṣṇu, in the form of a woman, carries off the amṛta from the Daityas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Lāsaka, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

context information

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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lasaka (लसक).—= लासक (lāsaka) q. v.

Derivable forms: lasakaḥ (लसकः).

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Lāsaka (लासक).—a. (-sikā f.) [लस्-ण्वुल् (las-ṇvul)]

1) Playing, frolicking, sporting.

2) Moving hither and thither.

3) Causing to dance; लासकः पादपानां (lāsakaḥ pādapānāṃ) ... नभस्वान् (nabhasvān) Ṛs.2.26 (the commentator Amarakīrti, however, says, "lāsakaḥ saṃsargavān").

-kaḥ 1 A dancer.

2) A peacock.

3) Embracing.

4) Name of Śiva.

-kam A room on the top of a building, turret.

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

Lāsaka (लासक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A dancer, an actor, a mime. 2. A peacock. 3. Embracing, enfolding, surrounding. 4. One who sports or gambols. n.

(-kaṃ) A turret, a room on the top of a building. f. (lāsikā or lāsakī) 1. A female dancer, a Nautch-girl. 2. A wanton, a harlot. E. las to embrace, to be skilful, (in the art of dancing,) aff. ṇvul .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Lāsaka (लासक).—i. e. las + aka, I. m. 1. A dancer, an actor. 2. A peacock. Ii. f. akā and ikā, A dancing girl.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Lasaka (लसक):—[from las] mfn. = lāsaka, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [from las] n. a [particular] drug, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Lāsaka (लासक):—[from las] mfn. moving hither and thither, playing, gamboling, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] m. a dancer, actor (with nartaka, among the names of Śiva), [Rāmāyaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] a peacock, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a dancer, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

8) [v.s. ...] embracing, surrounding (veṣṭa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] m. or n. a kind of weapon, [Kādambarī]

10) [from las] n. a turret, tower, room on the top of a building (= aṭṭa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

context information

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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