What is Kuchipudi?

Kuchipudi is one of the classical dances of India. It originates in the Indian state of Andra Pradesh, in the village of the same name. It has roots in the Hindu Sanskrit text called Natya Shastra. One of the major founders of the dance is Siddendra Yogi., who composed the widely famous dance Bhama Kalapam. Orginally, the dance was mostly performed by men, but now many women also perform the art form.

The dance form includes an underlying drama within fast-paced footwork and expressive facial movements with hand gestures. The three major components of Kuchipudi are nritta (pure rhythmic movement), natya (drama story), and nritya (expressive engagement).

The female costume consists of a sari with a pleated fan under a golden belt. Many other pieces of jewelry are adorned, such as bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Leather anklets with multiple rows of bells are on the feet, accentuating the footwork. The hair is braided and adorned with jewelry and flowers.