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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These levels evolve out of the basic training of the dancer and her enlarged vision of the aspects of abhinaya delineation.
He was an incredibly engaging dancer and brilliant choreographer of abhinaya.
His theatrical background gave him a great miming ability and each time he danced abhinaya he created a vividly imagined world on stage.
Neat positions, excellent deliveries and meaningful abhinaya made his presentations memorable.
Feted for her captivating abhinaya, she is regarded amongst the finest exponents of this dance form.
The comfort of playing the role that is more or less like you is a very natural way to get into abhinaya.

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