Mukhacapala, Mukhacapalā, Mukha-capala: 6 definitions

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Mukhacapala 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mukhachapala.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) refers to a type of āryā syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. The Mukhacapalā variation is one amongst five types of āryā-meters.

2) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) is the name of a meter described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32:—“the metre which has in its feet of nineteen syllables the fifth, the twelfth and the last syllables long, is mukhacapalā”.

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous (M) next»] — Mukhacapala in Chandas glossary
Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

1) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) is a type of mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) described in the Āryāprakaraṇa section of the second chapter of Kedārabhaṭṭa’s Vṛttaratnākara. The Vṛttaratnākara is considered as most popular work in Sanskrit prosody, because of its rich and number of commentaries. Kedārabhaṭṭa (C. 950-1050 C.E.) was a celebrated author in Sanskrit prosody.

2) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Mukhacapalā) in 20 verses.

3) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) refers to one of the thirty mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the 331st chapter of the Agnipurāṇa. The Agnipurāṇa deals with various subjects viz. literature, poetics, grammar, architecture in its 383 chapters and deals with the entire science of prosody (eg., the mukha-capalā metre) in 8 chapters (328-335) in 101 verses in total.

4) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला) refers to one of the thirty-four mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the Garuḍapurāṇa. The Garuḍapurāṇa also deals with the science of prosody (eg., the mukha-capalā) in its six chapters 207-212. The chapters comprise 5, 18, 41, 7 and 9 verses respectively.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mukhacapala (मुखचपल).—a. talkative, garrulous.

Mukhacapala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mukha and capala (चपल).

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

Mukhacapala (मुखचपल).—Adj. Talkative f.

(-lā) A species of the Arya metre.

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

1) Mukhacapala (मुखचपल):—[=mukha-capala] [from mukha] mf(ā)n. ‘one whose mouth is ever moving’, loquacious, garrulous (-tva n.), [Varāha-mihira]

2) Mukhacapalā (मुखचपला):—[=mukha-capalā] [from mukha-capala > mukha] f. a kind of Āryā metre, [Piṅgala Scholiast, i.e. halāyudha; Colebrooke]

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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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