वाचिकं सर्व वाङ्ग्मयम
आहार्यं चन्द्र ताराधि
तं नुमः (वन्दे) सात्विकं शिवम्
Your body is the movement of the world
Your words resonate through the entire universe
The Moon and the stars are your ornaments
I salute you Shiva, the embodiment of truth
The Namaskaria Shloka helps us better understand the 4 aspects of Abhinaya (expression)
- Āṅgika Abhinaya
- Vāchika Abhinaya
- Āhārya Abhinaya
- Sāttvika Abhinaya
This relates to the movement of the body, and how expression is portrayed by movement of the anga or limbs, which include facial expressions.
This relates to how expression is carried out through music. The dancer uses the the taals and ragas from accompanying music to enhance her expression through dance.
Another aspect of enhancing a dancer’s abhinaya is through her costumes and make-up. Stage setup, lights and decoration are also considered elements of Aharya Abhinaya.
This form of abhinaya is deep rooted in the dancers life experiences. It relates to how a dancer digs deep into their own emotions and experiences to bring out expression in their performance.
Where the hands are, the eyes follow
Where the eyes are, the mind follows
Where the mind goes, there is expression
Where this is expression, mood is evoked
Guru is a representative of Brahma, the creator
Guru is Vishnu, the one who sustains knowledge
Guru is Shiva, who destroyed the weeds of ignorance
I salute you, oh Guru.