Prasvara, Prasvāra: 5 definitions


Prasvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Prasvāra (प्रस्वार) refers to one of the thirty-three alaṃkāras (embellishments), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. These alaṃkāras, or, ‘embellishments of song’, depend upon the four types of varṇas, which refers to a specific order of musical notes (svara). They are attached to the songs of seven forms, although not generally used in the dhruvās.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “prasvāra is when in a kalā, a note ascend gradually by one note”.

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Prasvāra (प्रस्वार).—A word or utterance in three matras or moras; cf. स ओमिति प्रस्वरति त्रिमात्रः प्रस्वारः स्थाने स भवत्युदात्तः (sa omiti prasvarati trimātraḥ prasvāraḥ sthāne sa bhavatyudāttaḥ) R. Pr. XV.3 whereon Uvvata remarks त्रिमात्रः प्रस्वारः । (trimātraḥ prasvāraḥ |) See the word ओंकार (oṃkāra)

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prasvāra (प्रस्वार).—Ved. An epithet of the sacred syllable om (repeated at the beginning of a Pāṭha or lesson).

Derivable forms: prasvāraḥ (प्रस्वारः).

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

1) Prasvāra (प्रस्वार):—[=pra-√svāra] a See pra- √svṛ.

2) [=pra-svāra] [from pra-svṛ] b m. the prolated syllable Om (repeated by a religious teacher at the beginning of a lesson), [ib.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Prasvara in German

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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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