Mukharaga, aka: Mukharāga, Mukha-raga; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Mukharāga (मुखराग) refers to the “color of the face”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. These various colors of the face form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

There are four different kinds of ‘colors (rāga) of the face (mukha)’ defined:

  1. svābhāvika (natural)
  2. prasanna (bright),
  3. rakta (reddened),
  4. śyāma (dark).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Mukharāga (मुखराग).—The colour of the face according to the circumstances (lit. meaning) is of four kinds: natural (svābhāvika) bright (prasanna), reddened (rakta) and dark (śyāma). The colour of the face should be thus used to represent the States and the Sentiments. The acting done with the Gestures of the Śākhā, the Aṅga and the Upāṅga is good, but without proper colour of the face it will not be charming (lit. beautiful).

Source: Natya Shastra
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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mukharāga (मुखराग).—m (S) The liveliness, lightness, or lustre of the countenance; clearness or healthiness of look.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Mukharāga (मुखराग).—the colour or complexion of the face; ददृशुर्विस्मितास्तस्य मुखरागं समं जनाः (dadṛśurvismitāstasya mukharāgaṃ samaṃ janāḥ) R.12.8;17.31; तव खलु मुखरागो यत्र भेदं प्रयातः (tava khalu mukharāgo yatra bhedaṃ prayātaḥ) Śi.11.31.

Derivable forms: mukharāgaḥ (मुखरागः).

Mukharāga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mukha and rāga (राग).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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