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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.
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.
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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