Narma; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Narma (नर्म, “pleasantry”) refers to one of the four varieties of the graceful style (kaiśikī), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 22. Kaiśikī represents one of the four styles (vṛtti) employed in a dramatic production.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Narma (नर्म).—One of the four varieties of kaiśikī (graceful style);—The Pleasantry (narma) which abounds in remarks made in jest, is of three kinds: that based on love, that with pure laughter and that having Sentiments other than the Heroic. The Pleasantry is known as connected generally with acts of jealousy and anger mixed with words of rebuke and done in the guise of self-reproach and through to deception of others.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Narma (नर्म).—Ved. Sport, pastime.

Derivable forms: narmaḥ (नर्मः).

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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