Lasya, aka: Lāsya; 3 Definition(s)


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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 (or āsīnapāṭhya),
  4. puṣpagaṇḍikā,
  5. pracchedaka,
  6. trimūḍha,
  7. saindhava,
  8. dvimūḍhaka,
  9. uttamottamaka,
  10. vicitrapada,
  11. uktapratyukta,
  12. bhāvita (or bhāva).

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31, “it is said that the lāsya is so called because of its shining (lāsana). It relates to mutual attraction of men and women, and like the bhāṇa it is to be performed by one person, and its subject-matter also should be suitable”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Lāsya dancing is very sweet.

(Source): 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
Nāṭyaśāstra book cover
context information

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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