Sutradhara, aka: Sūtradhāra, Sutra-dhara, Sūtradhara; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार) refers to the “director” of a dramatic play (nāṭya), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, “The qualities of a Director.—First of all, he should possess knowledge of characteristics of everything concerning the theatre, desirable refinement of speech, knowledge of the rules of tāla and theory of notes and instruments in general”.

(Characteristics of a sūtradhāra or director): “He should be possessed of memory and intelligence, and should be patient, liberal, firm in his words, poetical, free from any disease, sweet in his manners, forbearing, self-possessed, sweet-tongued, free from anger, truthful, impartial, honest, and free from greed for praise”.

According to verse 35.98, “definition of a director (sūtradhāra).—One who knows from the teaching of the learned (śiṣṭa) the principles (sūtra) of applying songs, instrumental music and recitatives in their unity, is called a sūtradhāra  (director)”

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार).—Chapter II of the Nāṭyasastra is dedicated entirely to outhning the procedures of making theatres. The initial procedures of site-clearance, soil-examination, disposition of plots and laying of foundation are conducted by the sūtradhāra, who is the maker of stage-sets (as well as director of plays).

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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India history and geogprahy

Sūtradhāra.—(EI 24; CII 4; BL), a mason; an artisan; an epithet generally applied to the engravers of stone inscriptions of the medieval period. See Sūtrabhṛt, Sūtradhṛt, Sūtradhārin. Note: sūtradhāra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार).—m (S) The principal actor or manager of a company of players, and chief interlocutor in the prologue or prelude to a drama. 2 The holder and manager of the strings or wires (of puppets &c. in puppet-shows). 3 The managing, guiding, or leading man (of a company or body generally).

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार).—m The principal actor of a com- pany of players. The leading man.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Sūtradhara (सूत्रधर) or Sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार).—

1) 'the threadholder', a stage-manager, the principal actor who arranges the cast of characters and instructs them, and takes a prominent part in the Prastāvanā or prelude; he is thus defined:-नाट्यस्य यदनुष्ठानं तत् सूत्रं स्यात् सबीजकम् । रङ्गदैवतपूजाकृत् सूत्रधार इति स्मृतः (nāṭyasya yadanuṣṭhānaṃ tat sūtraṃ syāt sabījakam | raṅgadaivatapūjākṛt sūtradhāra iti smṛtaḥ) ||

2) a carpenter, an artisan.

3) the author of a set of aphorisms.

4) an epithet of Indra.

Derivable forms: sūtradharaḥ (सूत्रधरः), sūtradhāraḥ (सूत्रधारः).

Sūtradhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sūtra and dhara (धर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sūtradhara (सूत्रधर).—m. (= Pali suttadhara, Childers), a master of the sūtras (q.v.), one who controls them: Mvy 5141.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sūtradhara (सूत्रधर).—m.

(-raḥ) A stage-manager: see the next.

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Sūtradhāra (सूत्रधार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. The principal actor or manager of a company, and chief interlocutor in the prologue or prelude to a drama. 2. A carpenter. 3. The author of a set of rules or axioms. 4. Indra. E. sūtra a rule, &c., and dhāra who holds; also sūtradhara and sūtrabhṛt .

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