Art of Kuchipudi

What is Kuchipudi

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Kuchipudi is one of the eight major Indian classical dances, originating from a small village called Kuchipudi or Kucherlapurm in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  It known for its dramatic nature and distinctive for its use of speech and singing. It is named after the village, Kuchelapuram, in the Krishna district in South India. According to legend, the dance was founded by an orphan called Siddhendra Yogi.    @

A Religious Art

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Similar to all leading Indian classical dance forms, Kuchipudi also progressed as a religious art rooting back to the age-old Hindu Sanskrit text ‘Natya Shastra’ and connects traditionally with temples and spiritual faiths.  A typical Kuchipudi dance combines music, dancing and acting to present a scene from a Hindu scripture, myth or legend. It includes worship rituals and invocations of the gods and goddesses, devotion being the key element in the choreography of the dance    

Yoga and Kuchipudi

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Classical Indian dance and the practice of yoga very much compliment one another; in fact, some argue that they can be seen as interchangeable concepts with each emphasising different aspects of the breath or breathing, movement and intellectual and spiritual awareness. 

Natya Sastra