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Kuchipudi Village-Vijayawada | Traditional Art Dance of Andhra Pradesh

Kuchipudi Village-Vijayawada | Traditional Art Dance of Andhra Pradesh


 Kuchipudi Dance


Kuchipudi, one of India's eight famous classical dances originated and developed from Andhra Pradesh. Its roots date back to the 13th century. These dance drama performances developed as a form of spiritual artwork to honor Lord Krishna. The operation begins with an invocation. This is followed with a brief preliminary dance set to music and then a pure dance performance. Next is the nritya form or the expressive part. Here, rhythmic hand gestures play a key role. Kuchipudi performances are accompanied by Carnatic instrumental music on the veena, flute, mridangam and tambura, and vocals. Like other forms of Indian classical dancing, Kuchipudi involves exacting footwork, extensive stage movements, exaggerated facial expressions, and hand gestures or mudras. Traditionally, the dance had an all-male cast, but now, many women also perform the dance.

At a distance of 60 Kms from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the inventor of the famed classical dance type Kuchipudi. There's a full-fledged dance school in memory of the originator, for imparting training in Kuchipudi dance form to pupils and for promoting the artwork. Regular RTC buses are controlled to Kuchipudi from Vijayawada Central Bus Station