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GLOSSARY OF NON-ENGLISH TERMS Bharatanatyam abhinaya: The aesthetic art of expression in Hindu performing arts. adavu: Intricately stylized footwork in Bharatanatyam. agramandapa: Fore-hall of the Hindu temple. aharyabhinaya: The decorative presentation aspect of abhinaya. alaripu: The Bharatanatyam dancer’s entrance, utilizing the basic grammar of movement in Bharatanatyam. angikabhinaya: The physical presentation aspect of abhinaya. arrangetram: Debut recital of Bharatanatyam or a devadasi dancer. asparas: Female celestial nymphs in Hindu mythology. bhakti: Devotion. Active involvement of a devotee in Hindu worship. bhanga: The bending posture cheshtakritas. bhava: Expression in Hindu aesthetics. bhoga: Release through sensual enjoyment in variations of coital positions as described in the Kama Sutra. bhramari: Whirling movement cheshtakritas. camphor: Waxy substance that is a white or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odor used in Hindu ritual. chari: Movements of the feet cheshtakritas. cheshtakritas: Movements of the entire body in Bharatanatyam. dasiattam: Type of dance practiced by devadasis in the Telugu district. dhavani: Upper cloth covering usually worn over the skirt and blouse in Tamil Nadu or Bharatanatyam. gati: Movements of the feet cheshtakritas. gejjaipuja: Ritual presentation of the first set of ankle bells to a deva- dasi. haarati: Music used during the Tillana portion of a Bharatanatyam recital. iduppu-kachai: Semi-circular black belt piece in a Bharatanatyam costume. jatiswaram: Introduction to melody and abstract rhythms in the second section of the Bharatanatyam repertoire. kalyanam: A devadasi’s marriage to the deity. Embodying the Feminine in the Dances of the World’s Religions 140 Kama Sutra: Ancient Indian Hindu text considered...
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