Kuchipudi dance

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  • Kuchipudi is one of the ten major Indian classical dances.
  • It originated in a village of Krishna district in modern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • It derives its name from this village.
  • It is a dance-drama performance art, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.
  • Like all major classical dances of India, it was also developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs.
  • The Kuchipudi style was conceived by Siddhendra Yogi, a talented Vaishnava poet of 17th century.
  • It begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesha followed by nritta (non-narrative and abstract dancing); shabdam (narrative dancing) and natya.
  • The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music.
  • The singer is accompanied by musical instruments like mridangam, violin, flute and tambura.
  • Like other classical dances, Kuchipudi also comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics but it is the use of speech that distinguishes Kuchipudi’s presentation as dance drama.

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