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Most Renowned : Classical Dance of India.
Narrating Tales : Episodes From Mahabharata, Ramayana.
Major Attractions : Temple Dance, Tarangam' Effect, Rhythmic Movements.
Music Associated : Carnatic Music.

Kuchipudi- Famous Classical Dance of India

A masterpiece originated from the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, Kuchipudi is surely one of the most admired creation in the field of performing arts. The dance derives its name from a small village called Kuchipudi where the dance is said to have originated. First scholar of Kuchipudi dance was Siddhendra Yogi who also took it to different parts of the country. He promoted Kuchipudi Dance as a dance for males only. During the time of its origin dance was not considered a very respectful profession for girls and Siddhendra Yogi did not want to enrage the society. However, with time, as the dance became more sought as a profession, Kuchipudi gained popularity among women. Today it is dominated and performed more by women than men.

The Intricacies of Kuchipudi Dance

Kuchipudi, like many other dances was once a dance devoted to god as mentioned in Natya Shastra. It was more of a duty of temple dancers than a entertainment medium. It has been only been few decades since Kuchipudi Dance has been seen as an art form. Kuchipudi is a dance drama in which scenes from Mahabharata, Ramayana and other mythological tales are enacted. This dance is an amalgamation of three forms of Abhinaya (acting) namely Nrita, Nritya and Natya. The presence of these three virtues ensures that it is a pure dance drama.

Kuchipudi is a dance that is filled with magic and surprises in its every step. It is a fast paced danced with quick movements, requiring high level of skills and timing. The footwork needs to precise so that one can maintain balance while carrying out complex yet graceful steps. There are various names given to various items of the dance. The toughest, most astounding and the most famous is called 'Tarangam'. In this, performer is required to balance on the edges of a brass plate, all while dancing. Other items that are famous are 'Sabdam', 'Bhama Kalapam' and 'Padams'.

What Accompanies The Dance Magic

Performance of a Kuchipudi dance generally starts with some dance rituals that last for few minutes. After that each performer comes to stage and introduce themselves as well as the character they are portraying. They do this with an act called Daru which is a mix of song and dance.

After this the dance starts. Kuchipudi Dance is done with Carnatic Music in the background. The songs are generally in Telugu but Sanskrit Verses are also used. The musical instruments used include Mridangam, violin, flute and a tambura.

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Kuchipudi Dance Today

Kuchipudi Dance today is one of the most sought after dances by both students as well as spectators. It is today performed at all major national and international dance festivals. There are many institutes that impart classes on Kuchipudi.

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Top 5 Highlights of Kuchipudi Dance

Renowned Classical Dance of India
Kuchipudi Dance has been recognized as one of the eight classical Dances of India. The reason for this are million starting with its century old history to the elegance and grace of Kuchipudi.

The 'Tarangam' Effect
Tarangam is an item of Kuchipudi Dance in which a dancer is supposed to balance herself or himself on the edges of a brass plate. And do all this while performing complex dance movements.

The Carnatic Music Magic
Cuisine of When witnessing a magical Kuchipudi Dance performance, what you get along with it is some soulful Carnatic Music. A double treat is always welcome.

Narration of Great Indian Epics
Kuchipudi Dance is a dance drama that enacts tales from Indian epics like Mahabharata, Ramayana and many other mythological tales. Get to know more about these educative tales which are narrated in a magical way.

Great Shows Around The World
Kuchipudi is no longer confined to India. It is today performed and enjoyed in almost all art loving countries. It's appeal has grown so much over the year that students from around the globe come to India to learn this wonderful art form. You too can take lessons for Kuchipudi from one of the many reputed institutes.

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