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One of the Classical Dance forms of Andhra Pradesh in South India, Kuchipudi is the name inherited from a village known as Kuchipudi. It is the Brahmins of this village who has kept this art form - the Kuchipudi Dance alive for generations.The brahmins received 600 acres of land from the Golconda King Abdul Hassan Tanesha in lieu of their great presentation for the King. It was Siddhendra Yogi who gave Kuchipudi its current form. He composed Bhamakalapam, the modern book of Kuchipudi.

The Kuchipudi dance have some set patterns in its presentation. A small puja is done at the beginning of the dance performance, then each artist come out to give a introduction of him/herself. with a composition to prove his identity. The drama then begins.

Quicksilver and scintillating, rounded and fleet-footed are the words that can be used to describe the Kuchipudi dance. In Kuchipudi dance, the dancer has to dance on a brass plate, placing the feet on the raised edges.While dancing the dancer has to balances a kundi - small vessel containing water and two diyas - oil burning candles. As the dance ends the dances extinguishes the candles and washes his or hands with the water in the vessel.Kuchipudi Dance resembles a lot with Bharatnatyam Dance - there are minute differences though!

Facets Of Kuchipudi :
Kuchipudi  Dancers
Kuchipudi Dance
Nattuva melamu and Natyamelamu are the two Kuchipudi Dance forms. The earlier one involves only males in the dance while the later one involves the females. The new generation of Kuchipudi dancers sees the dominance of females. This Tradition has been there for years and has been a trademark of Kuchipudi Dance.

Kuchipudi Dancer Costume
Costume of Kuchipudi Dancers
The Nine Meters long Silken with Golden strip all through the lining worn in an artistic manner makes for the Kuchipudi Dress. As for the head, Raduki is worn.Chandra Vanki (hand ornament), adda bhasa and kasina sara (neck ornament) and a long plait decorated with flowers and jewellery is the main costume of a Kuchipudi Dancer.

Kuchipudi Dancers

The Dance Form of Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi dance makes use of the Carnatic Music. In Carnatic Music the main emphasis is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in a singing style. Mridangam - the South Indian percussion instrument , violin, flute, and tambura are used by the Kuchipudi Singers and Drummers.

Types Of Kuchipudi Dance

The Kuchipudi Dance involves two types of Dance - Nattuva melamu' and 'Natyamelamu' -

Nattuva melamu' involves a group of actors - all of them are males performing Kuchipudi Dance Drama.

Nattuvamelam involves a group of women dancers. This tradition has two sects - one performing in the Royal Courts and the other performing in the temples.

Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam,Guru Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao Vedantam Lakshminarayana, Dr. Uma Rama Rao, Tadepalli Perayya, Chinta Krishna Murthy are some of the prominent personalities of Kuchipudi. Kuchipudi has gripped its roots in forgien countries also like Nilimma Devi, Sasikala Penumarthi and Revathi Komanduri in Atlanta, Kamala Reddy in Pittsburgh, Ratna Papa in Texas, Jyothi Lakkaraju, Vaidehi Yellai, Himabindu Challa, and Madhuri Kishore in the San Francisco.

Musical Instruments in Kuchipudi
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