Udgita, aka: Udgīta; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Udgīta (उद्गीत) refers to one of the thirty-three alaṃkāras (embellishments), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. These alaṃkāras, or, ‘embellishments of song’, depend upon the four types of varṇas, which refers to a specific order of musical notes (svara). They are attached to the songs of seven forms, although not generally used in the dhruvās.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “udgīta is kalās in the Prasvāra once (lit. in the beginning) ascending and next (lit. in the end) descending”.

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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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Udgīta (उद्गीत).—The udgīta stands for the sacrificial act to be performed by the udgātṛ, the sāmaveda priest, with the udgīta hymns. The devas meditated on the udgīta as the breath in the nostril, but the asuras smote the breath with evil. Then they meditated on udgīta as the speech, the eye, the ear, the mind; but ail these sense organs were smitten with evil by the asuras. Then they meditated on udgīta as prāṇa (vital breath) and the asuras failed to smite it with evil. Therefore prāṇa is superior to all sense-organs. (see Gauḍapāda’s Kārikā on the see Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad 3.5)

Source: archive.org: Mandukya Upanishad & Karika with Shankara Bhashya
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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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