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Pracchedaka, 3 Definition(s)


Pracchedaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pracchedaka (प्रच्छेदक) refers to one of the twelve types of lāsya, or “gentle form of dance” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20. These various lāsya are presented as a specific type of dramatic play (nāṭya) similar to that of the Bhāṇa type

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Pracchedaka (प्रच्छेदक).—One of the twelve types of lāsya;—When a separated woman pained by the moonlight prepares to go to her beloved, even if he has done her wrong, it is an instance of the Pracchedaka.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

Pracchedaka (प्रच्छेदक).—One of the ten type of lāsyāṅga, or ‘elements of the gentle dance’;—In it the women struck by moon-shine cling to their lovers, though they have done wrong to them. The variant reading in place of ‘sajjante’ is ‘rajyante’ which means become attached or devoted. In pracchedaka, says Abhinava , there is the great joy of the beloved, when in the moon-shine she sees the reflection of her lover in wine (when there is the drinking party), in a mirror (while doing her toilet), or in the water (during water-sports). Moonlight is particularly helpful in bringing about pacification, when the lover has offended the beloved. The description of the moon-rise found often in the play Ratnāvalī is the element taken from the pracchedaka. In popular life, moonrise is not possible all the while.

Source: svAbhinava: Abhinavagupta’s Treatment of the lāsyāṅgas

about this context:

Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

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