Kuchipudi, one of seven main classical dance
forms of India, combine fast rhythms and
fluid movements creating a nice blend of
control and abandon, strength and delicacy.
evidence and literature trace the origins
of Kuchipudi to the 2nd century B.C., but
little is known about who shaped and propagated
the art form, until the 14th century. Many
of Kuchipudi's distinctive features as we
know it today, have been traced to the innovations
introduced by the brilliant scholar, performer
and dancer, Siddhendra Yogi, who lived in
the 14th century. He had inherited an all
female dance form that had fallen into grave
disrepute. Siddhendra Yogi, through hard
training of young Brahmin boys and dedication,
succeeded in rejuvenating Kuchipudi. For
the next six centuries, Kuchipudi became
established as an all male dance tradition.
towering figure in Kuchipudi was Vedantam
Lakshminarayana Shastri of the 20th century
who once again changed its direction. He
moved from the little village of Kuchipudi,
from which this art form takes its name,
to the larger metropolis of Chennai, a major
center for art and culture in India. His
talent and brilliance was immediately recognized.
He introduced women to Kuchipudi and choreographed
several solo dances, which have become part
of the Kuchipudi repertoire today.
His student and today's foremost exponent of
Kuchipudi, is Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam.
He has further popularized Kuchipudi worldwide.
His choreography is known for its creativity,
polish, refinement and complexity.