KUCHIPUDI DANCE

Kuchipudi is one of the established styles of Indian move. Around the third and fourth decade of this century it rose out of a long rich convention of move dramatization of a similar name.

Actually, Kuchipudi is the name of a town in the Krishna area of Andhra Pradesh. It is around 35 km. from Vijayawada. Andhra has a long custom of move dramatization which was known under the bland name of Yakshagaana. In seventeenth-century Kuchipudi style of Yakshagaana was brought about by Siddhendra Yogi a skilled Vaishnava artist and visionary who had the ability to give solid shape to some of his dreams. He was saturated with the scholarly Yakshagaana convention being guided by his master Teerthanaaraayana Yogi who formed the Krishna-Leelatarangini. a kaavya in Sanskrit

It is said that Siddhendra Yogi had a fantasy in which Lord Krishna requesting that he form a dance drama in view of the myth of the bringing of paarijaata blossom for Satyabhama, the most darling ruler of Krishna. Inconsistency with this order Siddhendra Yogi made the Bhaamaakalaapam which is till now considered the piece-de-resistance of the Kuchipudi collection. Siddhendra Yogi started youthful Brahmin young men of Kuchipudi town to hone and play out his creations especially Bhaamaakalaapam. The introduction of Bhaamaakalaapam was a staggering achievement. Its tasteful interest was great to the point that the then Nawab of Golconda, Abdul Hasan Tanishah issued a copper plate in 1675 A.D. allowing the town Kuchipudi as an Agrahaarama to the groups of Brahmins who sought after this craftsmanship. Around then every one of the performing artists was male and the female pantomime was of a brilliant quality. To have a thought of the elevated requirement of female pantomime one should see Vedanta Satyanarayana Sharma, an extraordinary Kuchipudi artist, even today doing the part of Satyabhaama…

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