The Mirror of Gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

by Ananda Coomaraswamy | 1917 | 16,981 words | ISBN-13: 9788121500210

Summary: This is the English translation of the Abhinaya-darpana by Nandikeshvara: an encyclopedic manual of the art of gesticulation. It belongs to a wide range of literature known as Natya-shastra: the ancient Indian art of dramatic performance, theatrics, dance and music.

The Abhinaya Darpana is an abridgement of the Bharatarnava, a much larger exposition on the art of dancing, containing 4000 shlokas.

The full sanskrit title is Abhinayadarpaṇa (अभिनयदर्पण) by Nandikeśvara.


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