Nriti, Nṛti: 5 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Nriti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Nṛti can be transliterated into English as Nrti or Nriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Nṛti (नृति) is one of the Aṣṭadikpālaka (“eight guardians of the directions”), as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The hand poses for the eight dikpālas (guardians of directions) are described in the Abhinayadarpaṇa and they are followed in the dance performance. In dance, nṛti-hasta is depicted when the left hand assumes khatva and the right hand holds śakata-hasta. In iconography, the image of Nṛti is found with the right hand holding the club and the left hand hanging loose. Here there is no similarity between the positions of the hands used for Nṛti. But a dancer can also adopt the mudrās at ones free will and give variations in the choreography.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nṛti (नृति).—f.

1) Dancing, dance.

2) Solemn appearance, show.

Derivable forms: nṛtiḥ (नृतिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nṛti (नृति).—f.

(-tiḥ) Dancing, the science or practice. E. nṛt to dance, aff. ki.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nṛti (नृति).—[feminine] dancing, acting.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Nṛti (नृति):—[from nṛt] f. idem, [Ṛg-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] grand or solemn appearance, show, [ib.]

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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 (even English!). 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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