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11 Facts About Kuchipudi
Kuchipudi tradition holds that Tirtha Narayana Yati – a sanyassin of Advaita Vedanta persuasion, and his disciple, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi, founded and systematized the modern version of Kuchipudi in the 17th century.
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Popularity of Kuchipudi has grown within India, and it is performed worldwide.
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Kuchipudi, which was traditionally staged at night on a stage attached to a Hindu temple, was impacted and like all classical Indian dances declined during the colonial rule period.
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Vempati Venkatanarayana Sastri was the guru of Sastri, taught him Kuchipudi, and was a key figure in helping preserve Kuchipudi.
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Kuchipudi is a team performance, with roots in Hindu religious festivals.
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In modern times, Kuchipudi has diversified, women have joined Kuchipudi dance, outnumber male artists, and are among its most celebrated artists.
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Kuchipudi performance traditionally is a night performance, when rural families return from their farms and are free of their daily work.
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Kuchipudi has several regional banis, which developed because of the uniqueness and creativity of gurus (teachers).
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