Natya, aka: Nāṭya, Naṭyā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Nāṭya (नाट्य) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to “dramatic art”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.106, “In it (nāṭya) there is no exclusive representation of you or of the Gods: for the drama is a representation of the States (bhāvānukīrtana) of the three worlds”.Also, “a mimicry of the exploits of gods, the Asuras, kings as well as of householders in this world, is called drama (nāṭya)”. (I. 120)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Nāṭya is dancing used in a drama (nāṭaka) combined with the original plot. Nātya and Nṛtya should be seen especially at festivals.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Natya is the dramatic element. Natya is exhaustive. It includes both Nrita and Nritya and in addition, it has the element of drama, which is introduced through speech and song. The Vachika (voice) and Aharya (costume) aspects of Abhinaya are more pertinent to Natya then to Nrita and Nritya. When Natya Shasta was arranged, no dance was independent of drama. The performer was compelled to present both dancer and actor.

Source: Indian Classical Dances: Techniques of classical dances

Nāṭya refers to “dramatic representation” as used within the classical tradition of Indian dance and performance, also known as Bharatanatyam.—According to the Abhinayadarpaṇa, verse 16, “nāṭya or nāṭaka, which has some traditional story for its theme, is an adorable art”. The word nāṭya is derived from ‘naṭ’ meaning to move or to act. It is a presentation on the stage of a play full of ancient stories and is adorable with all the four elements of abhinaya (histrionic representation)–āṅgika, āhārya, sāttvika and vācika. It also indicates a dance drama through the medium of any classical dance style. The use of speech makes nāṭya the most comprehensive part of the three. Nāṭya means dramatic representation with speech, music, and dancing.

Nāṭya has a two-fold division: tāṇḍava and lāsya.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)
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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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Kosha (encyclopedic lexicons)

Nāṭya (नाट्य):—“Nāṭya (drama) is the anukīrtana (restatement) of the bhāva (mental or inner state) of the totality of the three worlds.” (Nāṭyaśāstra I.107cd).

And also: “This Nāṭya (drama) has been created by me which is rich with various bhāvas (mental states), is full of many situations and is representational of the totality of human life (loka-vṛtta).” (Nāṭyaśāstra I.112)

And also: “The nature of loka (people) associated with pleasure and pain, when that is presented through abhinaya (acting) with aṅga (body) etc., it is called Nāṭya (drama)” (Nāṭyaśāstra I.119)

Source: Google Books: Kalātattvakośa, volume 2
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Kosha (कोश, kośa) refers to Sanskrit lexicons intended to provide additional information regarding technical terms used in religion, philosophy and the various sciences (shastra). The oldest extant thesaurus (kosha) dates to the 4th century AD.

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India history and geogprahy

Nāṭya has often been translated as ‘drama’ and the plays of ancient India have indeed some points of similarity with those of the Greeks. But on a closer examination of the technique of their production as described in the Nāṭyaśāstra, the Hindu dramas represented by the available specimens, will appear to be considerably different.

Source: Natya Shastra (history)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

nāṭya (नाट्य).—n S Dancing, acting, gesticulating, dramatic performance. 2 Dancing, playing a part, vocal and instrumental music as in combination or union.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāṭya (नाट्य).—n Dancing, acting. Playing a part, vocal and instrumental music as in combination or union.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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