Talanul, Tala-nul, Tālanūl: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Tālanūl or Tāla-Samutiram refers to the “book on time measure” and represents the sixth book (nūl) of the Kūttanūl: a treatise on dance-drama and represents important piece of Tamil literature.—The Tālanūl (book on time measure) describes the aspect of rhythm in dance. This book is also called Tāla-Samutiram (ocean of tālas). It consists of three parts: Aṅkaṅkal (the ten parts of a tāla), Kirakaṅkal (the starting points of a tāla) and Mūrcanikal (the derivation from rāgas and tālas). Tāla is divided into iyal-tāla (a variety in the tāla) and aṭṭa-tāla (a variety of tāla with twelve counts) by the author, who also explains them in detail. The book further explains the five original tālas in iyal-tāla and the thirty-five subdivisions derived from them. It also talks about the svara (musical notes) and jathis (rhythmic syllables). In the aṭṭa-tāla section, the one hundred and eight tālas of sage Agasthiar and the fifty-two tālas of other artists, and their jathis are explained.

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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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