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Dattila

Jonathan Katz

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A sage (muni) in ancient Indian legend. He was the putative author of the Dattilam, a Sanskrit text on music theory composed probably in the early centuries ce. Dattila is mentioned in the Nāṯyaśāstra as one of the numerous offspring of Bharata, to whom that composite treatise is traditionally attributed. The Dattilam describes a system of music apparently akin to that of the Nāṯyaśāstra, but is more restricted in its

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