What is an abhinaya?

What is an abhinaya? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (dance) Use of the face and hands, in an expressive manner, similar to the kathakali dance of India.
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Neat positions, excellent deliveries and meaningful abhinaya made his presentations memorable.
She tries to explain the difference between abhinaya and bhava and rasa in the present volume.
His theatrical background gave him a great miming ability and each time he danced abhinaya he created a vividly imagined world on stage.
All of these elements of his training combined to make his abhinaya flawless.
The shoka rasa that flowed from her abhinaya touched the audience too.
The closer the spectator is to the dancer, the greater impact the abhinaya will have.

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