11 Facts About Kuchipudi


Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance, with it's roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.

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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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Kuchipudi largely developed as a Krishna-oriented Vaishnavism tradition, and it is known by the name of Bhagavata Mela in Thanjavur.

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Popularity of Kuchipudi has grown within India, and it is performed worldwide.

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Kuchipudi is named after the village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh named Kuchipudi – shortened form of the full name Kuchelapuram or Kuchilapuri – where it developed.

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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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