[INDOLOGY] Fwd: question regarding Sanskrit Gana

Harry Spier hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 16:37:17 EDT 2017


If any list members have pdfs of these articles I would be grateful if
someone could send me a copy.

Thanks,
Harry Spier

On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:08 AM, Eric Gurevitch via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> The following articles will be useful in answering this question:
>
> —Sarasvati, D.C. 1963. “The Mystic Significance of Letters.” *The Adyar
> Library Bulletin* XXVII (1-4): 89–115.
>
> —Shulman, David. 2014. “Notes on Camatkāra.” In *Langauge, Ritual and
> Poetics in Ancienty India and Iran*, ed. David Shulman, 249–276.
> Jerusalem: 2010.
>
> All the best,
> Eric Gurevitch
>
> On Jul 7, 2017, at 6:34 PM, Olivelle, J P via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
> Friends:
>
> I received this query and do not have an answer. I always thought these
> were mnemonic devices to remember Sanskrit meters. Has anyone come across
> this kind of meanings attached to them? Thanks.
>
> Patrick
>
>
>
> I have a Sanskrit-related question; any insights you could offer me about
> this would be much appreciated!
>
> As you may remember, I'm researching Kandyan drumming in Sri Lanka, and
> how it has changed during the 20th century.
> Many traditional drummers that I've spoken to have been convinced that the
> important *bera pada* (drumming patterns) have special astrological
> significance, but none have had any idea about how this worked.
>
> I've since discovered that auspicious drumming pieces such * Magul Bera*
> start with *gana* (tri-syllabic groups) such as * na* and *ya*, and that *Vina
> pada* (drumming patterns intended to cause harm) start with *gana* such
> as *ta* and *sa*.
> This makes sense, since Sinhala astrologers consider the gana * ma, na,
> bha, *and* ya* to good, and the gana *ja, ra, sa, *and *ta* to be bad.
>
> Of course, these are the same *gana* that are defined for Sanskrit
> prosody by writers such as Pingala, but while Sinhala astrologers place a
> lot of significance on good/bad (*suba/asuba*)* gana* - for example when
> naming babies or writing *seth kavi* and * vas kavi *- I have so far
> found no evidence that people in India have done the same. To be fair, I
> haven't talked to any Indians about this, but so far I've been unable to
> find any written sources about the topic.
>
> My question is: in Sanskrit prosody and/or any form of astrology in India,
> were/are *gana* (tri-syllabic groupings) categorized as good and bad? Or
> is this something unique to Sinhala astrology?
>
>
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