Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies will organize a three-day workshop on Hasta & Abhinaya Śilpaśālā (Hand Gestures & Traditional Acting) from 24 to 26 January, 2020.
Indian theatre art which includes the different forms of classical dance are primarily meant for the entertainment of the connoisseurs through the depiction of various emotive themes. The process of communication in theatre art, either through the body, speech, costumes or subtle reactions are classified under the term ‘Abhinaya’. While the Nāṭyaśāstra lays the foundation for all the different modes of abhinaya, several regional forms of art in India have developed their own styles as a function of the local tastes. The Kerala school of dance and dramaturgy is one such variant and has its own unbroken lineage of theatre art and dance.
The gestures of hand and the facial expressions form an important part of the abhinaya. The current workshop is meant to provide an insight into the understanding and application of the abhinaya in the art forms of Kerala.
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The workshop is organized in association with Amrita Centre for Research and Development