Dance Shlokas

Namaskariya ShlokaScreenshot 2015-07-03 15.00.38आंगिकम भुवनम यस्य

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)

  1. Āṅgika Abhinaya
  2. Vāchika Abhinaya
  3. Āhārya Abhinaya
  4. Sāttvika Abhinaya

Āṅgika 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.

Vāchika Abhinaya

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.

Āhārya Abhinaya

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.

Sāttvika 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.

Natya Shastra

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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 Mantra

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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.

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