Krishna's hallIsaka dance
naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 18 18:39:03 UTC 1999
"hallIsaka" is a circular dance often mentioned as one of
Krishna's bAlacarita episodes. Let us look at a Sanskrit dictionary.
Monier-Williams (1899: 1293 b), for instance, records:
halliiza m. 'one of the 18 uparuupakas or minor dramatic
entertainments (described as a piece in one act, consisting chiefly
of singing and dancing by one male and 7, 8 or 10 female performers;
perhaps a kind of ballet)' (Saahitya-darpaNa); n. 'a circular dance
(performed by women under the direction of a man)' (DaNDin's
Kaavyaadarza) halliizaka m. n. 'a kind of dance'
halliiSa, halliiSaka m.n. 'id. (= the same)' (lexicographers)
halliisa m.n. 'id.' (Hemacandra)
halliisaka m.n. 'id.' (PancadaNDachattra-prabandha);
'a kind of musical instrument (v.l. jhalliiSaka)' (HarivaMza)
Also, hallIsakam (Vaatsyaayana, Bhaasa, Abhinavagupta,
How is the name of the dance, attested in several texts, coined?
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