Natya-krama, Nāṭya-krama: 1 definition



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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

The Course of the Dance (nāṭya-krama).—What is said traditionally by our ancestors must therefore be kept in view. Having made the prayer, etc., the dancing may begin. The song should be sustained in the throat; its meaning must be shown by the hands; the mood (bhāva) must be shown by the glances; rhythm (tāla) is marked by the feet. For wherever the hand moves, there the glances follow; where the glances go, the mind follows; where the mind goes, the mood follows; where the mood goes, there is the flavour (rasa).

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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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