Kuchipudi is the classical dance form in India, which has been originated in Andhra Pradesh. The costumes which are worn by Kuchipudi performers are very much similar to those of Bharatanatyam performers. Being a classical dance make-up and costumes are unique and important aspects of Kuchipudi dance form.
All the female characters also wear ornaments and Jewelry, such as Rakudi (head ornament), Chandra Vanki (arm ornament), Adda Bhasa and Kasina Sara (neck ornament), and a long plait decorated with flowers and jewelry. All these ornaments worn by the artists are mostly made of a light weight wood, called Boorugu.
In Kuchipudi dance form the most important thing is the elegant footwork of the dancer.The dancers can perform well if they are a good actor and have knowledge of different languages mainly Telugu and Sanskrit languages and also must understand the music and text. Here the dancers use Vachikabhinayam which is a special feature in the Kuchipudi dance style.
The Dancer not only dances, but also acts with gestures as well as words. To become a master a person has to take the training for at least 10 years and also to be able to express “Bhava” through the eyes and “Rhythm” through footwork. While Bharatanatyam was a solo performance the Kuchipudi was the group drama performance.
The narrator’s who narrates the dance- drama and introduces the dancers and actors are called Sutradhar. Each dancer is introduced with songs and rhythmic syllabus with previous drive Orenterance numbers. Here the word derives stands for rhythmic pattern. It includes three things nritta, Nritya, and Natya. The nritta part is the combination of terminals and gates whereas Nrityais sabdamans introduced to enrich the Dane and nation stands for acting.
This dance form has been introduced as a solo item by Vedantam Laxmi Narayana Sastry. Today such classical dance is rare we can simply say that Kuchipudi dance is nothing but the form of storytelling with the help of music, dance and expressions.