Pancamarapu, Pañcamarapu, Panca-marapu: 2 definitions


Pancamarapu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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

Pañcamarapu refers to “five-fold traditional usage” and represents an important piece of Tamil literature.—The music literature called Pañcamarapu (a book on five established literary usages, five-fold traditional usages) was composed by Cerai Aṟivanār in the 9th century AD during the time of Pandyan Tirumaran of the last Caṅkam Period.

The Pañcamarapu has five major divisions, namely,

  1. Icaimarapu (literary usage of music),
  2. Vācciyamarapu (literary use of speech),
  3. Niruttamarapu (literary usage of dance),
  4. Avinayamarapu (literary usage of expressions),
  5. Tālamarapu (literary use of time measure).
Natyashastra book cover
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancamarapu in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Pañcamarapu (பஞ்சமரபு) [pañca-marapu] noun perhaps from pañcan +. A Tamil musical treatise by Aṟivaṉār; அறிவனார் இயற்றிய ஓர் இசைத்தமிழ்நூல். (சிலப்பதிகாரம் அரும்பதவுரை உரைப்பா.) [arivanar iyarriya or isaithamizhnul. (silappathigaram arumbathavurai uraippa.)]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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