Kuchipudi Dance forms of Andhra Pradesh

Kuchipudi Dance forms of Andhra Pradesh:

Kuchipudi Dance came from Andhra Pradesh. Some of the important points of Kuchipudi dance required to score high on competitive exams are given below:
  • Kuchipudi dance came from Kuchipudi village of Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Kuchipudi is one of the 9 major indian classical dance forms.
  • 9 major indian classical dance forms recognized by Sangeet Natak Academy are: 1. Bharatnatyam, 2. Kathak, 3. Kathakali, 4. Odissi, 5. Kuchipudi, 6. Sattriya, 7. Manipuri, 8. Mohiniyattam, 9. Chhau
  • Kuchipudi largely developed as a Hindu god Krishna-oriented Vaishnavism tradition.
  • Kuchipudi is most closely related to Bhagavata Mela.
Some Important Questions related with Kuchipudi dances are as given below:

Q.1: Which state dance is Kuchipudi?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh

Q.2: Who invented Kuchipudi dance?
Answer: By Sidhyendra Yogi of the dance-drama Bhama Kalapam, a story of Satyabhāma.

Q.3: What is the difference between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam?
Answer: The main difference between Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi is that Bharatnatyam is the cultural dance of Tamil Nadu, while Kuchipudi is the traditional dance of Andhra Pradesh. Bharatnatyam has more precise and rhythmic steps, while Kuchipudi has more graceful and rounded steps.

Q.4: What is the purpose of Kuchipudi?
Answer: The purpose of these dances was to accentuate the cult of “BHAKTI”, the pure and unconditional devotion towards the Gods of the Hindu mythology, and to establish a direct connection between devotees and deities, through the channel of dance.

Q.5: How many years does it take to learn Kuchipudi?
Answer: The training takes about four to seven years, and includes two sets of adugulu or basic steps, the jatis or combination of movements, and a detailed study of the 'Natyashashtra' (theoretical aspects of dance).

Q.6: Who is called Kuchipudi guru?
Answer: Veernala Jayarama Rao

Q.7: Where did Kuchipudi get its name?
Answer: Kuchipudi derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, in Andhra Pradesh.

Q.8: What is Tarangam in Kuchipudi?
Answer: Tarangam in Kuchipudi involves rare footwork called 'adavus'-various rhythmic patterns where dancer places her feet firmly on the rim of a brass plate performing pure nrittha(pure dance) immersing in devotion-'bhakti rasa'. In this song, the dancer establishes mythological episodes of Lord Krishna's life.

Q.9: Which dance form is the oldest dance form of India?
Answer:Bharatnatyam

Q.10: Who is the best Kuchipudi dancer?
Answer: Raja and Smt. Radha Reddy

Q.11: When was Kuchipudi elevated to a classical dance?
Answer:1502 A.D

Q.12:Who is famous in Kuchipudi dance?
Answer: Some of the Kuchipudi dancers are:
Vedantam Raghavaiah
Indrani Rahman
N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
Nirmala Visweswara Rao
Shanta Rao
Uma Rama Rao
Veernala Jayarama Rao
Bhavana Reddy
Raja and Radha Reddy
Haleem Khan.
Thara Kalyan.
Prateeksha Kashi.
Vyjayanthi Kashi.
Chinta Ravi Bala Krishna.
Yamini Krishnamurthy.
Arunima Kumar.
Mythili Kumar.
Mallika Sarabhai
V. Satyanarayana Sarma
Deepa Sashindran
Vedantam Ramalinga Sastry
Shanmukha Srinivas
Shantala Shivalingappa
Usha Srinivasan
Swapna Sundari (dancer)
Meenu Thakur
Divyaa Unni
Avantika Vandanapu
Vempati Chinna Satyam
Yamini Reddy
Bhanupriya
Achuta Manasa
Aparna B. Marar
Hema Chaudhary
Manushi Chhillar
Srirangam Gopalaratnam
Sreelakshmy Govardhanan
Shobha Naidu
Prabha (actress)

Kuchipudi dance forms Andhra Pradesh


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