Meaning of bhava in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːvə/


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

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


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