Parshvakranta, aka: Pārśvakrānta, Parshva-kranta; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Pārśvakrānta can be transliterated into English as Parsvakranta or Parshvakranta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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1) Pārśvakrānta (पार्श्वक्रान्त).—One of the 108 karaṇas (minor dance movement) mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 4. The instructions for this pārśvakrānta-karaṇa is as follows, “observing the Parśvakrānta Cārī, throwing out hands towards the front, and moving them in a manner befitting the dance.”.

A karaṇa represents a minor dance movements and combines sthāna (standing position), cārī (foot and leg movement) and nṛttahasta (hands in dancing position).

2) Pārśvakrāntā (पार्श्वक्रान्ता) refers to a one of the thirty-two cārīs, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 11. The Pārśvakrāntā-cārī is classified as a ākāśikī, or “aerial”, of which there are sixteen in total. The term cārī  refers to a “dance-step” and refers to the simultaneous movement of the feet (pāda), shanks (jaṅghā) and the hip (ūru). From these cārīs proceed dance as well as movements in general.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pārśvakrāntā (पार्श्वक्रान्ता).—A type of aerial (ākāśikī) dance-step (cārī);—Instructions: one foot Kuñcita and another thrown up and brought near the side.

Source: Natya Shastra
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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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