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akṣara

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Indian Music — Buddhism — Religious Studies.

Sanskrit term meaning imperishable, fixed, etc. (a + kṣhara). Akṣhara is also a letter of the alaphabet, a syllable or

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Bhāva

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Indian Music — Buddhism — Religious Studies.

The presiding spirit or emotion in a piece of music, dance, or histrionics. To create and convey bhāva, symbols, variations

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ḍamaru

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism — Indian Music — Hinduism — Religious Studies.

The name of a small hour glass-shaped drum, carried by various deities, most notably by Śiva in his Naṭarāja form.

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dōhā

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism — Indian Music.

(Skt.). A particular style of teaching song associated with certain tantric adepts (siddha) such as Saraha, usually

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gāthā

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A poem or lyric that can be sung. Poetic stanzas in Vedic literature are gāthās because they are meant to

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jāti

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music — Buddhism — Hinduism — Religious Studies.

Sanskrit term, meaning a ‘group into which one is born’, that is a native group. It is derived from ‘jāt’,

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mudrā

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Religious Studies — Dance — Indian Music — Buddhism.

1 Hand gestures, usually accompanied by mantras. Considered to be the deity, or aspects of the deity, in the

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rūpa

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music — Buddhism — Religious Studies — Hinduism.

Sanskrit term, derived from ‘roop’ which means shape, form etc. Rūpak means ‘that which has form’. The term, now not

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