An architectural feature seemingly unique to South Indian temples, mellifluous pillars that create music for the gods are found in a handful of temples in ‘Draviḍadeśa’. We explore these euphonious maṇḍapas, analysing the sui generis nature of this style of architecture that begs a more…
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Women spinners use the traditional single spindle Gandhi charkha to make very fine khadi yarn up to 100s count. Harvesting locally grown native cotton and using handheld indigenous tools, the process of preparing the cotton for spinning—from ginning, carding to spinning—is entirely done in the…
Patnulu (pronounced pātnūlu), the handspun khadi of Ponduru is one of the best surviving examples of the glorious heritage of fine-count cotton hand spinning and weaving in India. In and around the Ponduru town of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, rural women are still engaged in spinning fine…
Patnulu is khadi made from fine-count cotton spun on a single spindle charkha by the rural women of Ponduru and the neighbouring villages in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
Mostly of the Pattusali caste, the spinners of patnulu khadi make the entire fabric from scratch, starting from raw…
She is also a research scholar and runs a dance institute called Trishna. She currently serves as the Head of the Dance Department at Telugu University.
Following is an edited interview with Dr Alekhya Punjala on the learning and teaching process of Kuchipudi. The interview was conducted…
For most agrarian societies, harvest festivals are an integral part of their culture, and India is no different. Often, each community has a different name for the celebrations, but there is a lot that is common in the intent and festivities. Here we look at three—Ugadi, Gudi Padwa and Mopin—that…
The origin of the dance traditions of Andhra Pradesh can be traced through various sources, such as the sculptures and inscriptions in ancient temples, Buddhist ruins, the migrations of the Arava Dravida community and various works of literature. Before the fourteenth century, when Yakshagana and…
Dr Veena Murthy Vijay
In India, dance is considered to be divine in origin. The gods and goddesses not only take great delight in dance, drama and mime but many are great dancers themselves.
The dance traditions of Andhra are divided into two distinct styles—the Nattuva Mela and the Natya Mela.…
Surya N. Rao and Madhulika Srivatsa
Kuchipudi is one of the prominent Indian classical dances that originated in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It evolved as a dance-drama, connected to temples and practised by men who did the stree veshas (female roles) as well. In the twentieth century, gurus like Vempati…