Definition of bhava in English:

bhava

noun

  • [mass noun] (in Indian dance and other performing arts) the emotion or mood conveyed by a performer.

    • ‘In each chapter, the novelist creates the correct mood of the corresponding bhava.’
    • ‘She tries to explain the difference between abhinaya and bhava and rasa in the present volume.’
    • ‘The flow between his movements was so smooth, like an unbroken chain, that the flow of bhava was also unbroken.’
    • ‘In an emotion-filled delivery, she recreates all the "rasas" and "bhavas".’
    • ‘Shree is a difficult raga, she points out, adding that it suits a difficult bhava.’
    • ‘In other words, where there is bhava, there is birth.’
    • ‘Classical dance forms depend more on narration, which need bhava.’
    • ‘I can become ecstatic, dance and roll and shed tears and be overwhelmed with that bhava, drowned and intoxicated.’
    • ‘The theory posits that any one of the eight permanent bhava will prevail in a particular composition.’
    • ‘Coming from a family of traditional painters, he was able to evoke bhava within a visual medium.’
    • ‘Knowing musical nuances influences my depiction of "bhava" as a dancer.’
    • ‘While the nritta forms the pure dance steps, abhinaya is where the dancer expresses and experiences the various feelings or bhavas.’
    • ‘Dancing is the combination of physical exercise, mudras, bhava, body stretching, meditation and health awareness.’
    • ‘There were questions whether bhava was in any way related to choreography.’
    • ‘Dance became a passion in the sense of understanding bhava and arriving at the essence of what you're saying.’
    • ‘There was not much scope for bhava in productions like "Bhukamp" or "Sarpagati".’
    • ‘The Navarasa number was, for instance, superb in that it gave them a wonderful opportunity to use their countenance dexterously to convey the nine bhavas or rasas.’
    • ‘The theory posits that the bhavas are dormant in humans.’
    • ‘What fills your soul, then, is shaantam - the last of the nine bhavas.’
    • ‘For, once the meaning is understood, it becomes that much more easy to render the krithis with the correct 'bhava'.’

Origin

Hindi bhāv emotion, feeling, from Sanskrit bhāvā manner of acting, behaviour.

Pronunciation

bhava

/ˈbɑːvə/