What do you understand by Abhinaya? What are different kinds of Abhinaya?

Abhinaya is the representational aspect of dance where a text or poem is interpreted by the dancer to evoke “rasa” in the spectators. It deals with the sentiment and emotions of the song, using the technique of the dance style. There are four kinds of Abhinaya as follows-

  • Angika Abhinaya: Use of Body and Limbs.
  • Vachika Abhinaya: Use of song and speech.
  • Aharya Abhinaya: Use of costumes and adornment.
  • Satvika Abhinaya: Use of moods and emotions.


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