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Motanaka, aka: Moṭanaka; 1 Definition(s)

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Motanaka 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.

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Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Moṭanaka (मोटनक) is another name for Moṭaka, which refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the first two, the fifth, the eighth, and the eleventh syllables of a foot (pāda) are heavy (guru), while the rest of the syllables are light (laghu).

⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼¦¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼¦¦
⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼¦¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⏑⎼¦¦

Moṭanaka falls in the Triṣṭup (Triṣṭubh) class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing eleven syllables each.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstraNāṭyaśāstra book cover
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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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