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abhinaya

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Indian Music — Theatre.

Expression of a sentiment or mood through action and gesture; acting in the overall sense. Abhinaya is expressed through anubhāva,

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angika

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Literally ‘the body’, an inclusive term that refers to all the physical aspects of performance in Indian classical dance-theatre traditions. As codified in the Natyasastra, the ‘primary...

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kathakaḷi

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music — Performing Arts.

Indian dance-drama form from Kerala in SW India. Its name has the same derivation as kathak but as a dance form it is far more vividly theatrical in style. The stories in its repertory are...

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kutiyattam

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A highly elaborate performance tradition of Sanskrit drama. In an unbroken tradition of more than ten centuries, it is enacted by the temple-serving caste of the Cakyar community in the ...

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lokadharmi

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Drawing on loka, which literally means ‘the world’, lokadharmi refers to that mode of representation in traditional Indian performance that deals with the worldly activity of people. Often...

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Nāṭyaśāstra

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Theatre — Dance — Indian Music — Theatre.

The most ancient extant text on Indian dramaturgy, the Nāṭyaśāstra is believed to have been written sometime between the second

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