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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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.
These levels evolve out of the basic training of the dancer and her enlarged vision of the aspects of abhinaya delineation.
The comfort of playing the role that is more or less like you is a very natural way to get into abhinaya.
The shoka rasa that flowed from her abhinaya touched the audience too.
She tries to explain the difference between abhinaya and bhava and rasa in the present volume.

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