Samanyabhinaya, Sāmānyābhinaya, Samanya-abhinaya: 2 definitions



Samanyabhinaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Sāmānyābhinaya (सामान्याभिनय) refers to the “harmonious representation ”, a critical factor for a successfull dramatic play, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. This part of theatrics is mainly concerned with words and gestures.

Source: Natya Shastra

Sāmānyābhinaya (सामान्याभिनय).—The ‘harmonious representation’ (sāmānyābhinaya) is that in which the effort is equally shared by the head, the face, the feet, the thighs, the shanks, the belly and the waist. Experts in acting are to represent a character by graceful movements of hands and delicate efforts of limbs in general, which are to delineate the sentiments (rasa) and the psychological states (bhāva).

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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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