Nayika, aka: Nāyikā; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Nayika (नयिक).—The heroine or mistress (nāyikā) are known to be of eight kinds such as,

  1. vāsakasajjā (one dressed up for Union),
  2. virahotkaṇṭhitā (one distressed by separation),
  3. svādhīnabhartṛkā (one having her husband in subjection),
  4. kalahāntaritā (one separated from her lover by a quarrel),
  5. khaṇḍitā (one enraged with her lover),
  6. vipralabdhā (one deceived by her lover),
  7. proṣitabhartṛka (one with a sojourning husband),
  8. abhisārikā (one who moves to her lover).

Heroines in a nāṭaka should be of these conditions.

Source: Natya Shastra

Nāyikā (नायिका) refers to the “heroine” in a dramatic representation, as used within the classical tradition of Indian dance and performance, also known as Bharatanatyam.—In the depiction of any mood or sentiment, a dance performance or a dramatic representation takes the medium of the hero (nāyaka) and the heroine (nāyikā). Quite often, the hero’s role may be that of gods or divine personalities and the heroine’s role may be of goddesses or devotees of the gods and the goddesses. In a solo dance recital, an individual dancer depicts the roles of both the hero (nāyaka) and the heroine (nāyikā) and all the characters that are present in the song are also portrayed by the individual through his/her gestures, actions, emotions and the song.

In a dance performance, the heroines (nāyikās) play a vital role. Most of the songs are composed as if the heroine is expressing her feelings towards the hero. So there is wide scope for the dancer to exhibit his/her talents by bringing to mind the different classifications of the nāyika.

The nāyikās (heroines) are generally classified into three types:

  1. Svakīya or Svīya,
  2. Parakīya or Anya,
  3. Sāmānya or Sādhāraṇa.

The heroines are again classified into three types, depending on the characters in a song or the play. They are: (1) Uttama (the superior), (2) Madhyama (the mediocre), and (3) Adhama (the inferior). The classifications of the heroines are based on their maturity, their relationship with the heroes, their character and their different emotional states. When a dance is choreographed the first point that comes to mind is what type of nāyikā is present in the song, whether she is married or unmarried. The next point that comes to mind is what the emotional state of the nāyikā is and, depending on that, the type of nāyikā is determined on for the choreography.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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nāyikā : (f.) a female leader; mistress.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

nāyikā (नायिका).—f (S) The female of a nāyaka, a conductress, a mistress.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāyikā (नायिका).—f The female of a nāyaka, a con- ductress, a mistress.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nāyikā (नायिका).—

1) A mistress.

2) A wife.

3) The heroine of a poetic composition. (According to S. D. a nāyikā is of three kinds svā or svīyā, anyā or parakīyā, and sādhāraṇastrī. For further classification, see S. D.97-112, and Rasamañjarī 3-94; cf. anyastrī also).

4) A kind of musk.

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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