Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nieces dance performance

Kuchipudi, has a unique place among the Indian classical dance forms. Kuchipudi derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was in the 14th century, however, that the ascetic Siddhendra Yogi appeared on the scene and gave Kuchipudi a new definition and direction. Kuchipudi was originally a male dance tradition.  It is only in the last century that women have been introduced to this art form. Kuchipudi in its present form is the result of the vision of stalwarts like Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Sathyam and the late Vedantam Laxminarayana Shastry. Kuchipudi is characterized by fast rhythms and fluid movements, creating a unique blend of control, strength and delicacy. The actors sing and dance, and the style is a blend of folk and classical. Arguably this is why this technique has greater freedom and fluidity than other dance styles.
There is plenty of information about Kuchipudi, which I am not knowledgeable enough
to write. I have put just a few words to my nieces on their special performance (arangetram) to their grandparents, family and friends in Annamayya`puram. I appreciate, you both, for presenting your dedication to the dance in performing in front of the Lord and to the family and friends as well. I enjoy your subtle facial expressions, complicated rhythmic patterns, and melodic gestures. I am not just excited for both of you. I am also proud of your effort and achievements. I am sure the feeling of joy will stay with you forever, for many more accolades.

Anatomy of a dancer
A dancer's heart beats in eight-count
A dancer's eyes always shine
A dancer's soul is filled with music
So their feet always fall in time
A dancer feels like no other
The vibrant rhythm of life
And it all goes into the performance
All the joy and all the strife
So remember that with dancers
A little patience is what you need
Because their minds are otherwise engaged
Dancers are truly a different breed
- Jessica Bondreaux

"Good art is a form of prayer. It's a way to say what is not say-able."
- Frederich Busch


  1. Wow! You know more about Kuchipudi dance than me, even though I learn it...

    ~ Minu ~

  2. Thank you for the comment.


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