Purvaranga, Pūrvaraṅga, Purva-ranga: 7 definitions


Purvaranga 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

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग) refers to the “preliminaries”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra, chapter 5. More specifically, it refers to the preliminaries of a Nāṭaka play. It is also known as Sthāpanā. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: Popular Hindi Cinema

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग) and raṅgapūjā are general terms denoting a cluster of rites described in the Nāṭyaśāstra. Pūrvaraṅga also denotes a series of rites that traditionally preceded a theatre performance. Some were performed backstage, behind closed curtains, in which the musicians too ktheir seats, tuned their musical instruments and warmed up with vocal exercises. After the curtain rose, several dances, declamations and offerings were performed for the gods (gītavidhi), as well as a ritual walk in all four directions on stage.

Source: Google Books: Around Abhinavagupta

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग).—As the Nāṭyaśāstra describes it, the pūrvaraṅga is a ritual worship (pūjā) made up of eighteen or nineteen parts (up to twenty in thelater treatises)—technically called limbs (aṅga)—which is invariably carried out on stage at the beginning of a theatrical performance, insofar as a theatrical performance is conveived as the unit of the preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga) and the play (nāṭya, or one of the ten dramatic genres called daśarūpaka). The limbs of the pūrvaraṅga are divided into two groups, the first being performed behind a stage curtain, the second after its removal and directly in front of the audience.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग).—the commencement or prelude of a drama, the prologue; यन्नाठ्यवस्तुनः पूर्वं रङ्गविघ्नोपशान्तये । कुशीलवाः प्रकुर्वन्ति पूर्वरङ्गः स उच्यते (yannāṭhyavastunaḥ pūrvaṃ raṅgavighnopaśāntaye | kuśīlavāḥ prakurvanti pūrvaraṅgaḥ sa ucyate) || D. R; पूर्वरङ्गं विधायैव सूत्रधारो निवर्तते (pūrvaraṅgaṃ vidhāyaiva sūtradhāro nivartate) S. D.283; पूर्वरङ्गः प्रसंगाय नाटकीयस्य वस्तुनः (pūrvaraṅgaḥ prasaṃgāya nāṭakīyasya vastunaḥ) Śi.2.8. (see Malli. thereon).

Derivable forms: pūrvaraṅgaḥ (पूर्वरङ्गः).

Pūrvaraṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and raṅga (रङ्ग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग) or Pūrvvaraṅga.—m.

(-ṅgaḥ) The commencement of a drama, or the prelude to to instrumental or vocal performance; a prologue, an overture. E. pūrva first, raṅga a stage.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग).—m. the prelude to a drama [Śiśupālavadha] 2, 8.

Pūrvaraṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and raṅga (रङ्ग).

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

Pūrvaraṅga (पूर्वरङ्ग):—[=pūrva-raṅga] [from pūrva] m. the commencement or prelude of a drama, a prologue, an overture, [Śiśupāla-vadha ii, 8; Daśarūpa; Sāhitya-darpaṇa etc.]

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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. 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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