Pakshavancitaka, Pakṣavañcitaka, Paksha-vancitaka: 5 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Pakṣavañcitaka can be transliterated into English as Paksavancitaka or Pakshavancitaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Pakshavanchitaka.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pakṣavañcitaka (पक्षवञ्चितक) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘dance hands’ (nṛttahasta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

Source: Natya Shastra

Pakṣavañcitaka (पक्षवञ्चितक).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with dance-hands (nṛttahasta);—(Instructions): One Tripatāka hand placed on the waist and another on the head. The Dance-hands are to be used in forming Karaṇas.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pakṣavañcitaka (पक्षवञ्चितक).—a particular position of hands in dancing.

Derivable forms: pakṣavañcitakam (पक्षवञ्चितकम्).

Pakṣavañcitaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pakṣa and vañcitaka (वञ्चितक).

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

Pakṣavañcitaka (पक्षवञ्चितक):—[=pakṣa-vañcitaka] [from pakṣa > pakṣ] n. a [particular] position of the hands in dancing, [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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