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Dance emanated from the primeval destroyer of the world: Lord Nataraja himself. It took shape in the form of his vigorous dance, the Thandava. Theory of the dance. Hastas and Abhinaya. The Kuchipudi style has a rather extensive and well developed theoretical foundation. Each aspect of Hastas and . Bhagavatars, Bhagavata Mela Natakam and Kuchipudi Rasa in the Indian theory of aesthetics is the tasting of the flavour of a work of art. It is the quintessence.

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July 7, Leave a comment. Dance emanated from the primeval destroyer of the world: Kuchkpudi energy which would later either destroy or beatify the world, depending on the grace of the Lord.

As such, dance emanated from a single source, and spread into the world. It has been standardized in many texts and commentaries. There are clear cut rules laid down, defined structures for performances kuchiipudi detailed expostulations on everything from the movement of eyebrows to the vigorous jumps on the proscenium. If so, then why do dancers dance differently?

Why are there many different sampradayas, many different baanis and even more theogy individual styles? Does that mean, uniformity in dance style is impossible for humans? Can no two humans dance alike? If two can, is it a good things or a bad thing?

These are some of the questions we will try to address today. India has been known for its variety of dance styles.

Knowledge on Kuchipudi Dance form: Kuchipudi notes

Be it classical or folk each and every region of India is home to a unique dance culture, with its own specialities. From the hills of Khasi to the Rann of Kutch, from the Garhwal to the Kanyakumari, each and every regions boasts of indigenous dances.

All of these qualify the basic definition of dance: However, with reference to rules set down in Natya Shastra, in India there can be said to be roughly 11 dance styles which adhere to Natya Shastra.

Swapna Sundari says in an interview:. Anyhow, we have established that 10 or so Sampradaayas exist under the umrella or Indian Classical Dance. In these Sampradaays, great stalwarts have ushered in their own styles, their own individual ways of treating them.


The true essence of a legend lies not in conforming to set rules, but making his own rules and exemplifying them. The great Yamini Krishnamurthy was not a conventionally deep araimandi seated Bharatanatyam dancer with restrained abhinaya.

Yet her vivaciousness, majesty, and brilliant speed, made her look as if she was the very force of nature. She is a legend, and one of the greatest. Vempati Chinna Sathyam did not conform to rules of the time when various mudras were depicted more in Lokadharmi than Natyadharmi in traditional Kuchipudi performances.

His ,uchipudi on Kuchipudi is felt universally.

Baani means language in most tongues. However, in dance vocabulary, baani means a dialect, a variant if you may. The various Sampradaayas are the languages, the baanis are the regional dialects of each.

Which brings us to the next question, what are the dynamics of these baanis? As with any other medium of expression, the popularity of a baani ensures its longevity. It ensures its spread both in terms of geography and influence. A popular luchipudi slowly roots out other less popular baanis.

It assumes pride of place. And then from within that popular baani arise new styles and so on. What determines the popularity of a baani rests on several factors, but foremost it is dependent on the tastes of the rasikas.

A baani which does not enjoy popular appeal naturally becomes dormant. Dance is shaped not just by dance Gurus and pioneers, but also by common everyday people. The rasikas are an integral, internal part of dance development, and no dance is an exception to this fact. Let us kuchiludi up the case of Kuchipudi. One is the Vempati style, the other is the Pasumarthy style and the third being the C.

The Vempati style is characterized by strong clear lines, crisp jathis and brilliant nrittha, painstakingly reconstructed by the kcuhipudi by research.

It captures all that vivacity and lilt in Kuchipudi as has been handed down the generations. Minor variations of the Pasumarthy style are seen in the Vedantham, Chinta and Mahankali families, but all fall under the same umbrella of traditionally handed down methods.


The other discernible trend is that of Sri C. One can vividly discern the C. Acharyulu stayed for a long time as a faculty and did a majority of his pioneering research work in Alaaya Sampradayas etc. I reiterate once again, baani kjchipudi not a static phenomenon.

It is forever changing. Even within the Vempati baani there kuchipuddi several new styles evolving from the stalwarts practising that particular baani. As kudhipudi, baanis may vary, but a flux of baanis, gives credo to a sampradaya. The sampradaya benefits theogy the various baanis.

At the same time, one must be cautious against calling any and every variant a baani. A baani after all is a part of the sampradaya and adheres to the broad framework of the sampradaya. Innovation is a great achievement, but irrelevance is a greater sin. And irrelevant variations introduced by upstart practitioners only meet with derision and expulsion from the dance community.

Theory of the dance. Hastas and Abhinaya

So tell me now, which your sampradaaya and which is your baani? Jakkula Purandhari dances, thinking of of the cosmos, of life and theoty destiny As people watch in wonder, hands beckon, eyes flash, gestures reveal and feelings melt Everyone is one, and the One is Him, madhura bhakti pervades the world.

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