Upakshepa, aka: Upakṣepa; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Upakṣepa can be transliterated into English as Upaksepa or Upakshepa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Upakṣepa (उपक्षेप, “suggestion”) refers to ‘suggestive insinuation’, alluding to the forthcoming plot. Upakṣepa represents one of the twelve mukhasandhi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. Mukhasandhi refers to the “segments (sandhi) of the opening part (mukha)” and represents one of the five segments of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic composition (nāṭaka).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Upakṣepa (उपक्षेप).—One of the twelve elements of the ‘introduction segment’ (mukhasandhi);—(Description:) Suggestion (upakṣepa) is the origin of the object of the play.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Upakṣepa (उपक्षेप).—

1) Throwing at, hurling.

2) Mention, allusion, hint, suggestion; कार्योपक्षेपमादौ तनुमपि रचयन् (kāryopakṣepamādau tanumapi racayan) Mu. 4.3; दारुणः खलूपक्षेपः पापस्य (dāruṇaḥ khalūpakṣepaḥ pāpasya) Ve.5.

3) A threat, specific mention or charge; कर्णनासाच्छेदोपभीषिताभ्याम् (karṇanāsācchedopabhīṣitābhyām) Dk.61.

4) Commencement; उपाय° (upāya°) M.3.

5) Poetical or figurative style in composition. (Wilson).

Derivable forms: upakṣepaḥ (उपक्षेपः).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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