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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 (?).

In Hinduism

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-śāstraNāṭyaśāstra book cover
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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).

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