Bhru, Bhrū: 9 definitions


Bhru means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Bhrū (भ्रू) refers to the “eyebrows”. It is one of the six minor limbs (upāṅga) used in dramatic performance, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. These gestures of the eyebrows (bhrū) are performed in accordance with the corresponding gestures of the eyeballs (tārā) and the eyelids (puṭa). These gestures form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

The following are the seven gestures of the eyebrows (bhrū):

  1. utkṣepa (raising),
  2. pātana (lowering),
  3. bhrukuṭī (knitting),
  4. catura (clever),
  5. kuñcita (contracted),
  6. recita (moving)
  7. sahaja (natural).
Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Bhrū (भ्रू, “eyebrows”) refers to one of the twelve “subsidiary limbs” (upāṅga), which represents a division of Āṅgikābhinaya (gesture language of the limbs) as used within the classical tradition of Indian dance and performance, also known as Bharatanatyam.—Āṅgika-abhinaya is the gesture language of the limbs. Dance is an art that expresses itself through the medium of body, and therefore, āṅgikābhinaya is essential for any dance and especially for any classical dance of India. Upāṅgas or the subsidiary limbs consist of the eyes, the eye-brows [viz., Bhrū], pupils, cheeks, nose, jaws, lips, teeth, tongue, chin, face, and the head.

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context information

Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhrū (भ्रू).—f (S) An eye-brow. bhrūbhaṅga m Frowning or a frown.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bhrū (भ्रू).—f An eyebrow.

context information

Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhrū (भ्रू).—f. [bhram-ḍū Uṇ.2.68] Brow, eyebrow; कान्तिर्भ्रुवोरायतलेखयोर्या (kāntirbhruvorāyatalekhayoryā) Ku.1.47; विवर्तितभ्रूरियमद्य शिक्षते (vivartitabhrūriyamadya śikṣate)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhrū (भ्रू).—f.

(-bhrūḥ) An eye-brow. E. bhram to round, Unadi aff. ḍu .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhrū (भ्रू).—[feminine] brow (adj. —° bhru, bhrū & bhrūka, cf. also [preceding]).

context information

Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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