Abhinaya Modules

In Bharatanatyam, the recent method in practice of training in Abhinaya has mostly been a composition-based approach. A composition, when being taught and learnt, already comes with its own robust blueprint – where the detailing of context, characters, landscape, mood have already been woven together, before the student begins to learn it. How then does a student prepare oneself to take on an Abhinaya composition with self-assurance? 

Through these set of learning modules for abhinaya, Priyadarsini Govind will be introducing us to a new way of approaching Abhinaya that will prepare the student to face a composition with understanding and technical soundness. 


    • Bottom-up approach that will start with basic building blocks for Abhinaya, akin to adavus in the training of Nritta
    • Exploration of different ways of moving the angas, upangas and pratyangas, and systematic exercises to connect thought to emotion, and emotion to body.
    • Building a tool box of techniques that would expand a dancer’s vocabulary in abhinaya
    • Building a framework to train and hone the dancer’s imagination – how to effectively frame a visual sentence, how to think in dance and how to optimise the impact of communication in Abhinaya.


Each module will be presented in the format of one-to-one classroom sessions, containing

  • Detailed discussion on every topic aided by practical illustrations
  • Follow-along exercises
  • Tips and exercises to aid in your practice
  • Summary of salient points.

The classroom sessions will be supported by group discussions and question and answer sessions between Priyadarsini Govind and a focus group of students who have engaged with the classroom video modules.

Target Audience

These modules are intended for,

  • Teachers, students and professional dancers of any dance discipline with a narrative component
  • Actors from any theatrical discipline. 

Prior experience in this method of learning is not necessary. The modules will be built bottom-up in a completely self-contained way.

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