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Kuchipudi – The Divine Dance Drama

KuchipudiKuchelepuri or Kuchelapuram was the earlier name of the village  in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. This village is 35 km. from Vijayawada. This form of Generic Dance drama was known as Yakshagana. It was Sihdhendra Yogi, a vaishnavite poet who gave shape to his visions in the 17th century, to establish this Kuchipudi style of Yakshagaana. He took the lead from the creation of Yaksha Gana from his guru Theerthanarayana, who had created the Sanskrit Kavyam , Krishna Leela Tarangini. Kuchipudi is a perfect balance between the three aspects of the art – Nritta , Nritya and Natya. Sidhendra Yogi Created Bhama- kalaapam, still considered as the irresistible Kavya of the Kuchipudi repertoire. Attracted by the aesthetic appeal of Kuchipudi, the then Nawab of Golconda, Abdul Hasan Tanishah issued a copper plate in 1675 A.D. granting the village Kuchipudi as an Agrahaarama to the families of Brahmins who pursued this art. These families were popularly called as the Bagavathalu of Kuchipudi. Earlier the female portions of the dances were impersonated by the males themselves as there were no female artiste. Vedaantam Satyanarayana Sharma, a great Kuchipudi dancer, who performs the role of SatyaBhama even today, has set an excellent standard in that role. Lakshmi Narayan Sasthri (1886-1956) introduced new elements and dimensions to this art including solo dancing and training of female dancers in this dance format. Some famous exponents in modern Kuchipudi are Vempati Chinna Satyam, C.R. Acharyalu, and Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna.

 

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