Andhra Pradesh Classical Dance
Kuchipudi is a dance form given to the Indian dance platform by a small village of Kuchelapuram in the Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh.
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Kuchipudi is not simply a dance form but is a combination of dance, gesticulations, speech and song are the famous Andhra Pradesh Classical Dance.
A Kuchipudi dancer has to be well versed in dancing, acting, music, various languages and texts. Kuchipudi was born in a small village of Andhra Pradesh.
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There it developed as a tradition by the same name where it was born. Kuchipudi although now recognized as an independent dance form is associated to Bharat Natyam.
Kuchipudi Dance in Andhra Pradesh - It was in the 17th century during the bhakti movement in the South India that Siddendra Yogi the formulator of the dance form selected some boys from the village to
perform dance drama.
Thus, there came in the Kuchipudi dance form in this world. In those days Kuchipudi was performed once in a year and the dance form was vigilantly kept out of the reach of Devadasis.
Kuchipudi Dance in Andhra Pradesh, From the fist performers the technique and skills of this form got handed over the generations to obtain the present form.
Some of the celebrated performers and gurus were Kuchipudi Brahmins like Lakshmi Narayan Shastri and Chinta Krishna Murti who excelled in roles like Satyabhama in Bhamakalapam; later gurus comprise Vedantam Chinna Satyam.
Nowadays, both solo and group performances of Kuchipudi dance form are popular but experimentation is always being done with the choreography.
Kuchipudi Dance in Andhra Pradesh - The devotional element has also been dispensed with and it has become a secular affair having predominantly erotic flavor.
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Apart from the classical dance form, Andhra Pradesh is also known for its tribal dances. They also contribute equally to the artistic heritage of Andhra Pradesh. Since Andhra Pradesh is inhabited by many large tribes, thus, it is rich in traditional folk and tribal dances. The folk dance forms are accompanied by the folk theater the can be seen in its regional forms almost in every region of the state. Bathakamma, Gobbi, Mathuri, Dhamal, Dandaria, Dappu, Vadhyam are a few famous tribal folk arts. The dances of the Banjaras and the Siddi tribes are also famous. These dances are generally performed on the occasion of community festivals.
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