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Write a short note on "Dhvani"?

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sayantanis | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM via web

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Write a short note on "Dhvani"?

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prishi12 | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM (Answer #1)

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This word means sound in literal sense, but does not deal with the function of sound in the musical sense. The Dhvani theory was propounded by Anandavardhana, the 19th century thinker, in his treatise, Dhavanyaloka.  The theory considers the indirectly evolved meaning as the characteristic feature of the literary utterance. This feature separates and determines the literary from the other kinds of discourse, and is an all-embracing principle which explains the structure and the function of the other significant aspects of literary utterance: the aesthetic effect or rasa, the figural mode and devices and more. In his treatise, Anandavardhana has given a detailed description of structural analysis of indirect meanings. According to him, if we can explain how indirect meanings arise systematically, we can claim that all the potential meanings inhere in a text.  It is the theory of symbolism and the thrust of this theory is towards claiming a greater value for poetry of suggestion.

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