Samavakara, Samavakāra: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Samavakāra (समवकार) refers to one of the “ten kinds of dramatic plays” (daśarūpa), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20. These different types of dramas are considered to have originated from the various styles (vṛtti), which is discussed in chapter 22 of the same work. The Samavakāra type of drama includes the following styles: Verbal (bhāratī), Grand (sāttvatī) and Energetic (ārabhaṭī).

Source: Natya Shastra

Samavakāra (समवकार).—One of the ten types of play (nāṭya).—The Samavakāra is the dramatic representation of some mythological story which relates to gods and some well-known Asura, who must be its Hero. It should consist of three Acts which are to take for their performance eighteen Nāḍikās (seven hours and twelve minutes). Of these the first Act is to take twelve and the second four and the third two Nāḍikās only. The subject-matter of the Samavakāra should present deception, excitement or love, and the number of characters allowed in it are twelve. And besides this, metres used in it should be of the complex kind.

The Ḍima and the Samavakāra are to have four segments (sandhi), and the playwright should never make the Pause (vimarśa) in them.

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (natya)

Samavakāra (समवकार) refers to one of the twelve kinds of Rūpaka, which represents the dṛśyakāvya division of Kāvya (“poetry”), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, in samavakāra, the heroes may be gods or demons and it consists of twelve heroes. The Sāhityadarpaṇa states that there should be three acts in a samavakāra.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samavakara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Samavakāra (समवकार).—A kind of drama: (thus described in S. D. :-vṛttaṃ samavakāre tu khyātaṃ devāsurāśrayam | saṃdhayo nirvimarśāstu trayo'ṅkāḥ &c. 515.).

Derivable forms: samavakāraḥ (समवकारः).

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

Samavakāra (समवकार).—m.

(-raḥ) A sort of dramatic entertainment. E. sam, and ava before kṛ to make, aff. ghañ; described, as that in which the chiefs are engaged in mutual conflict to contest.

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

1) Samavakāra (समवकार):—[=sam-ava-kāra] m. (√1. kṛ) a kind of higher Rūpaka or drama (in three acts, representing the heroic actions of gods or demons), [Bharata-nāṭya-śāstra; Daśarūpa; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

2) Samavākāra (समवाकार):—[=sam-avākāra] [wrong reading] for sam-avakāra (See [column]1).

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

Samavākāra (समवाकार):—(raḥ) 1. m. Sort of dramatic entertainment.

[Sanskrit to German]

Samavakara 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samavakara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Samavakāra (ಸಮವಕಾರ):—[noun] (rhet.) a kind of drama in three acts, representing the heroic actions of gods or demons.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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