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Abhinavagupta

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art — Religious Studies — Indian Music — Hinduism.

(c.975–1025)

Greatest of the Kashmiri Śaiva theologians. His works deal with the theoretical, yogic, and ritual

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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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Ārati

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

Honouring the deity with light (dīpa). Āratī is one of the sixteen offerings (upacāras) made during worship (

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Bāul

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

The name given to the followers of a bhakti tradition originating in Bengal, whose characteristic activity is to renounce the

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Bhāgavata

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

1 A term widely applied to Vaiṣṇavas (i.e. devotees of Viṣṇu and Kṛṣṇa) of all traditions.

2 The name

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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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Chaupaī

Overview page. Subjects: Religious Studies — Indian Music.

A poetic metre in Hindi literature. A chaupāyi consists of four lines. Chau means four. Chaupāyi was used by many

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choir

Overview page. Subjects: Religious Studies — Music — Indian Music — Christianity.

Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, of the tribe of Levi, were appointed by King David to lead choral singing accompanying the

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Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish

Overview page. Subjects: History — Biographical Studies — History of Art — Indian Music — Religious Studies.

(1877–1947)

Sri Lankan born writer on classical Indian art and culture, who became the first keeper of Indian

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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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