Shirshaka, aka: Śīrṣaka; 1 Definition(s)
Shirshaka 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.
The Sanskrit term Śīrṣaka can be transliterated into English as Sirsaka or Shirshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
1) Śīrṣaka (शीर्षक) refers to “masks”, which are accessories used in a dramatic play, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. It is also known by the name Pratiśīrṣaka. Such accessories and weapons should be made by experts using proper measurements and given to persons in their respective conditions. It forms a component of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).
2) Śīrṣaka (शीर्षक) refers to one of the varieties of the catuṣpadā type of song, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “the song of which the half is suddenly commenced and finished, and is adorned with śīrṣa, is called the śīrṣaka”.(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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).
Search found 8 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:
Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक) is a Sanskrit word referring to the ‘sarada crane’ with a red head...
Dhruva (ध्रुव, “permanent”).—What is the meaning of permanent /lasting (dhruva) knowledge? The ...
1) Catuṣpada (चतुष्पद) refers to “four-footed”, and represents classification of things that ca...
1) Madraka (मद्रक) refers to one of the ten practices performed after the removal of the stage ...
The characteristics of the masks (pratiśīrṣaka):—Masks should be made with ashes or husks of pa...
1) Saṃghoṭanā (संघोटना) refers to one of the nine preliminaries performed behind the stage curt...
Oveṇaka (ओवेणक) refers to one of the seven types of song (gitaka), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra...
Niyatākṣarā (नियताक्षरा) refers to one of the varieties of the catuṣpadā type of song, accordin...
Search found 4 books and stories containing Shirshaka or Śīrṣaka. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 3 - Why is the Buddha called Arhat < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
Part 14 - The omniscient Buddha < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
The Natyashastra (by Bharata-muni)
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Sushruta Samhita, Volume 5: Kalpasthana (by Sushruta)
- Was this explanation helpful? Leave a comment:
Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.