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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While the nritta forms the pure dance steps, abhinaya is where the dancer expresses and experiences the various feelings or bhavas.
All of these elements of his training combined to make his abhinaya flawless.
Neat positions, excellent deliveries and meaningful abhinaya made his presentations memorable.
The closer the spectator is to the dancer, the greater impact the abhinaya will have.
She tries to explain the difference between abhinaya and bhava and rasa in the present volume.
Feted for her captivating abhinaya, she is regarded amongst the finest exponents of this dance form.

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