It is 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.

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