Andhra Pradesh

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Madhulika Srivatsa
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…
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Manan Kapoor
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…
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Srivani Vokkarane
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…
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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. (Anonymous) Introduction The dance traditions of Andhra are divided into two distinct styles—the Nattuva Mela and the Natya Mela.…
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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…
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Shama Krishna
In this elaborate lecture-demonstration, performer and guru Shama Krishna explains different aspects of angika abhinaya in Kuchipudi, as prescribed in Bharata Muni's Natyashastra. She demonstrates the adavus or body movements that are a combination of movements of limbs and torso, and the position…
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Madhulika Srivatsa
A descendent of the Natuva Mela dance traditions of Andhra Pradesh, the modern version of Kuchipudi was founded and structured by Siddhendra Yogi in the seventeenth century. Rooted heavily in the dance traditions of Yakshagana, Kuchipudi was male-oriented and was the exclusive domain of Vaidiki…
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Serena Autiero
Serena Autiero: Buongiorno Giuseppina, e grazie per avermi concesso quest’intervista! Abbiamo tanto da imparare dalla sua opera e dall’impegno nel tutelare la preziosa Collezione Signorelli. Per iniziare potrebbe brevemente raccontarci chi era sua madre Maria Signorelli e darci qualche informazione…
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Serena Autiero
  Indian puppetry is a subject as varied as the many cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent. Several regional genres make puppetry one of the richest heritages of India. Though there is enormous diversity, there are common traits.   The origin of puppetry in India cannot be dated, but…
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