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Abhinaya, Angikabhinaya, Vacikabhinaya, Aharyabhinaya, Satvikabhinaya



  • Abhinaya means to carry the poet՚s content and its aesthetic and philosophical significance towards the audience through performance.
  • It employs the mode of direct presentation, visual and oral perception in virtue of the intoned speeches, gestures and movements, facial expressions and physical poses, costumes etc.
  • The main purpose of Abhinaya is to realize the Rasa by performing physical movement, and through voice and emotional expression.
  • The inherent nature of the actor must be totally controlled by the character he has taken up to enact. This abhinaya- histrionic expression is four-fold Angika, Vacika, Aharya and Sattvika.


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Itivritta: Theme and Development



  • Sanskrit dramaturgy has an important place not only in Indian literature, but in the world literature as well.
  • Natya is another and perhaps a wider term for drama or the dramatic art, and is called so because it represents the different situations in life.
  • Natya deals with various ideas and ideologies and states of mind, imitating the actual life of three worlds, the pain & pleasure experienced by the human beings.
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