Kuchipudi Dance is a Classical Indian dance from Andhra Pradesh,
India. It is also popular all over South India. Kuchipudi is the
name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that
borders the Bay of Bengal. The performance usually begins with some
stage rites, after which each of the characters come on to the stage
and introduces herself with a dharavu (a small composition of both
song and dance) to introduce the identity, set the mood, of the
character in the drama. The drama then begins. The dance is
accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. The singer is
accompanied by mridangam (a classical South Indian percussion
instrument), violin, flute and the tambura (a drone instrument with
strings which are plucked).
In modern times the Kuchipudi dance is considerably different than it originally used to be. Most of the performances are solo, done by female dancers. Today the expressional numbers are sung by the danseuse herself instead by the vocalists in the background of the stage. The invocation of deity part has also been done away with as Kuchipudi has become more secular in its presentation. Today there is predominance of 'sringar' or erotic essence. Another notable facet of modern day Kuchipudi is the dilution of drama component.
Beginners will benefit immensely from professional Kuchipudi trainers who will teach you the correct basic posture through steps and exercises which will include floor work. Learning the correct technique would involve learning different body positions, stretching and strengthening exercises to increase flexibility and endurance. Learning this art often helps the students in developing good habits and encourages them to appreciate art and culture.