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Tāṇḍava, aka: Tandava; 3 Definition(s)


Tāṇḍava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Tāṇḍava can be transliterated into English as Tandava, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Tāṇḍava (ताण्डव) refers to “class dance”. It was created by Taṇḍu after receiving instructions from Śiva, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra.

According to the fourth chapter “(263) After inventing the Recakas, Aṅgahāras and Piṇḍīs, Śiva communicated them to the sage Taṇḍu who in his turn made out of them dance together with songs and instrumental music; and hence this dance is known as tāṇḍava (i.e. of Taṇḍu’s creation).... (272) The Class Dance (tāṇḍava) is mostly to accompany the adoration of gods, but its gentler form (sukumāra-prayoga) relates to the Erotic Sentiment.”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Tāṇḍava dancing is violent.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

about this context:

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).

General definition (in Hinduism)

Tandava (ताण्‍डव): Siva's cosmic dance.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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