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Mukabhinaya

Can language ever be expressed without words?
Yes. A curling of the lips. An enlargement of the eyelids in the rage of temper. Gnashing of teeth as a prelude to a blow, and myriads of other gestures. The language is inaudible. But the message is clear as crystal. This website welcomes you to the world of silent gestures. Be with us. We seek your help and patronage in our devotion which in turn will help to regain the lost glory of Indian art of Pantomime - a twin of International Pantomime Artistry. In this poetic world of gestures, you can listen to the sound of silence...

Mukabhinaya

Mukabhinaya

'Mukabhinaya'

Abhinaya in Indian terms is different from the European Acting. Abhinaya is suggestive imitation of the various psychological states of character in a play. Therefore, in spite of apparent similarity between Abhinaya and Acting, the latter term, whenever it is used in connection with Indian plays, does not mean quite the same thing. Acting is only one aspect of Abhinaya. Hence, Mukabhinaya in Indian context is more than just 'Acting without Words'.


Mukabhinaya is one of the most ancient and difficult art form in theatre. It can be traced back to the earliest annals of our cultural heritage. In Bharata's Natyashastra, the finer aspects of role-playing was discussed under Mudras ( gesture with hands ). Hence, it demands rigorous practices to perfect its various techniques.

Mukabhinaya transcends all language barriers. It conveys, through gestures only a world of expressions. In a world where so many languages are spoken, Mukabhinaya being a non-lingual art form is comprehend quite easily by even a common people. Hence, this art can be utilized as a very effective medium of mass communication. This art thus being used in different parts of the world to raise awareness on various social issues

Mukabhinaya