Tamracuda, aka: Tamra-cuda, Tāmracūḍa, Tāmracūḍā; 5 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Tamrachuda.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Tamracuda in Natyashastra glossaries]

Tāmracūḍa (ताम्रचूड, “copper-crest”) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta):—Tāmra-cuḍa (red-crest, i.e. cock) : the forefinger of the Mukula hand is bent. Usage: cock etc., crane (baka), camel, calf, writing or drawing.

According to another text: the thumb and little finger of the Patāka hand are pressed together. Of old, when the Three Vedas assumed a visible form, and stood before Brahmā to make expositionof themselves, they used this hand. Its sage is Vajrāyudha (Indra), its colour mother of pearl, its race Deva, its patron deity Bṛhaspati. Usage: the Three Worlds, trident, the numberthree, wiping away tears, the Three Vedas, wood-apple leaf, rubbing down a horse, leaf, panel (phalaka), cock, Deva race, white colour.

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

Ūrṇanābha (ताम्रचूड, “copper-crest”, i.e. cock).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): The middle finger and the thumb crossed, the fore-finger bent, the remaining [two fingers] at the palm.

(Uses): It should fall down with a sound to represent rebuke, beating time, inspiring confidence, quickness, and making signs. This hand is also to be used to indicate small fractions of time such as Kalā, Kāṣṭhā, Nimeṣa and Kṣaṇa as well as talking to a young girl and inviting her.When the fingers in a hand are close to one another, bent and the thumb is set on them, the same is also called the Tāmracūḍa hand.

By this hand are to be indicated hundred, thousand and lac of gold coins, and when the fingers in it are suddenly made to move freely it will represent sparks or drops.

(Source): archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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[Tamracuda in Purana glossaries]

Tāmracūḍā (ताम्रचूडा).—A female follower of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 18, Chapter 46, Anuśāsana Parva).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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