Narman; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Narman (नर्मन्, “joke”) refers to ‘amorous playfulness’. Narmand represents one of the thirteen pratimukhasandhi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. Pratimukhasandhi refers to the “segments (sandhi) of the progressing part (pratimukha)” and represents one of the five segments of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic composition (nāṭaka).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Narman (नर्मन्).—One of the twelve elements of the ‘progression segment’ (pratimukhasandhi);—(Description:) The laughter which is meant for sports, is called Joke (narman).

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

Narman (नर्मन्).—n. [nṝ-manin]

1) Sport, amusement, diversion, merriment, pleasure, amorous pastime or sport; जित- कमले विमले परिकर्मय नर्मजनकमलकं मुखे (jita- kamale vimale parikarmaya narmajanakamalakaṃ mukhe) Gīt.12. (kautukajanaka); R.19.28.

2) Jest, joke, humour, wit; सुहृत्प्रयुक्ता इव नर्मवादाः (suhṛtprayuktā iva narmavādāḥ) Ki.17.33. नर्मप्रायाभिः कथाभिः (narmaprāyābhiḥ kathābhiḥ) K.7; 'jocular, humorous'.

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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