Rupanusarini, Rūpānusāriṇī, Rupa-anusarini: 1 definition

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Rūpānusāriṇī (रूपानुसारिणी, “imitative”) refers to one of the “three kinds of impersonation” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 34. Accordingly, “when a man assumes a woman’s character, the impersonation is called imitative (rūpānusāriṇī) by the best actors. A woman also may assume if she likes, a man’s role in actual practice. But an old and a young man should not try to imitate each other’s manners.” and “human characters as they are represented on the stage fall into three classes: natural (anurūpā), unnatural (virūpā) and imitative (rūpānusāriṇī)”.

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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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