Paniprahata, Pāṇiprahata, Pani-prahata: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pāṇiprahata (पाणिप्रहत) refers to a set of “five handstrokes” and represents rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

The following are the five pāṇiprahatas:

  1. Samapāṇi (level-handed),
  2. Ardhapāṇi (half-handed),
  3. Ardhārdhapāṇi (quarter-face),
  4. Parśvapāṇi (hand-side),
  5. Pradeśinī (fore-finger).

Accordingly, “now these hand-strokes, according to their application are controlled, semi-controlled or free”.

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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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