the dance drama of Andhra Pradesh. It is the
corresponding style of the Bhagavata Mela Nataka of Tamil
Nadu. Except that the emphasis is on the animation, the
grammar is derived from the Natya Sastra & in all
other aspects it is akin to Bharata Natyam. Tirtha
Narayana & Siddendra Yogi evolved this style.
Kuchelapuram in Andhra was the originating centre for
this style. Hence the name Kuchipudi. It was a male
prerogative. In recent years women have taken to it but
it is mostly solo dance that they perform. To this extent
the concept has been watered down. Like Kathakali it used
to be a week-long affair. Vedantham Satyanarayana is the
doyen of this style & he has carved out a niche for
himself in portraying the role of the haughty, beautiful
& vain-glorious Satyabhama.