Kuchipudi Dance History:
Kuchipudi dance is one of the Classical dance of India. Which has origination in Kuchipudi village, in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. The legend Siddhendra Yogi founded Kuchipudi classical dance and Dr Vempati China Satyam conducted the Kuchipudi dance classes and made eminent disciples to popularised in the world. Before the popularisation of this dance, the dancers enacted the dance in the temples on religious and other auspicious festivals. The themes of dance are adopted from Indian Mythological stories and accompanied with Karnatic Music. While the dancers performing the dance the ‘Musicians’ played the musical Instruments according to the themes. The Dancers perform the theme with the gestures and on the Traditional music played at the background.
Originally all the Dancers were from the Brahmin families, and such families were known as Bhagavathalu of Kuchipudi.
Sidhendra Yogi Contribution
Sidhendra Yogi who was an Orphan in Srikakulam village, now in Andhra Pradesh. The villagers brought up him and made marriage at the early age. He studied Vedic Knowledge and went to Udipi to learn profound knowledge of Vedic Scriptures. Later he came back to his native village, the villagers guided him to take family responsibilities. He moves to his wife’s village and on his journey, he came across the river. Therefore he began praying to God for strength to cross the river and succeeded. He thanked God and decided to became Yogi devoted his life to the service of God. He settled in Kuchalapuram a small village and also taught the Indian Dance Dramas to the Brahmin boys. Later the dramas presented as offerings to God as Natya Shastra. He lived some time in 11th and 17th Century.
Pioneers of the Kuchipudi Dance:
The Pioneers of this Kuchipudi Classical dance are Vempati China Satyam, who brought the glory to classical dance Kuchipudi. He brought some changes in the Kuchipudi dance steps. After Stayam famous dancers of Kuchipudi worked very hard to bring glory to this classical dance. They are Vedamtam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry, Chinta Krishna Murthy Tadepalli Peraiah and some others. Musical Instruments like Mridangam, Manjira, Violin, Surpeti, Tampura, Veena, Kanjira, Venu, have been using during Kuchipudi Dance performance.