Definition of bhava in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːvə/


[mass noun]
(In Indian dance and other performing arts) the emotion or mood conveyed by a performer.
Example sentences
  • Coming from a family of traditional painters, he was able to evoke bhava within a visual medium.
  • In each chapter, the novelist creates the correct mood of the corresponding bhava.
  • There were questions whether bhava was in any way related to choreography.


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

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