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UNDERSTANDING Kuchipudi
UNDERSTANDING Kuchipudi
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Preface:

The work on this book started many years ago as a result of a felt need amongst us at DARPANA for a reference work which showed the sophistication and complexity of Kuchipudi, but was simple to follow.

With the vast knowledge of my guru, C. R. Acharya, and the help of many manuscripts, both published and in the DARPANA Academy Library, this book is the first textbook in English for students of this form.

Many hours went into learning and reconstructing from texts the Karanas, and I thank Bharat Bariya and Jagruti Raval for their help in posing for the photographs. My thanks also to Fr. Rappai S. J. for the adavu, padabheda and karana photos; to Mrinalini Sarabhai for the navarasa photos and for her constant guidance; to Suman Jayakrishna who designed this book as part of a study project; to Sanjay Morlidhar and Sri. Pandarinathan for helping with the layout and artwork; to all those of DARPANA and Mapin Publishing who have made this book possible; and above all to my guru C. R. Acharya who has inspired in all of us a deep and abiding love for and joy in Kuchipudi.

My gratitude is also due to Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan for taking the time to write a Foreword and to the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts for co-publishing this book.

May 1992

Mallika Sarabhai

About the Author:

Guru C. R. Acharya, born in a family of ritual dance gurus, learned under the veteran Lakshminarayan Shastry. Together they took Bhagavata Mela Natakam out of Kuchipudi village and interpreted it as a solo form the first time. Guru of some of India's most celebrated Kuchipudi performers, he has been teaching at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts since 1950.

Mallika Sarabhaihas trained under Guru C. R. Acharya and has been a Kuchipudi performer since the late seventies. She has been involved in researching the style for many years, and as a performer has taken this style all over the world. She is also involved in producing educational videos to explain the intricacies of classical dance to a lay audience.

CONTENTS

1Origin and Early
Development
7
Myths and Legends
History
2Bhagavatars,
Bhagavata Mela
Natakam And
Kuchipudi
19
Make-up and Costume
Training
Performance
3Hasta Bhedas27
Asamyuta
Samyuta
Hastas for Relationships
Hastas for Goddesses
and Gods
Nritta Hastas
4Movements of the
Limbs in Dance
55
Sthanakas
Charis
Padabhedas
Rechakas
Gatibhedas
Bhangimas
5Karana and
Angahara
83
6Navarasa147
7Tala and Footwork161
Traditional Tala
Present Rhythms
of Adavu
8Seven Kinds of
Ritual Dance
165
The Seven Tandavas
of Shiva
The Five Lasyas
of Parvati
Peruni
Prenkhani
Kundali
Dandika
9Raga and Music185
Development
The Daru in Kuchipudi
Kuchipudi Items
  a. Dance dramas
  b. Shabdams
  c. Kirtanams-
     Devotional Songs
10Glossary203

UNDERSTANDING Kuchipudi

Item Code:
IDG209
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
1992
Publisher:
INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Language:
English
Size:
8" X 5.5"
Pages:
211
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Preface:

The work on this book started many years ago as a result of a felt need amongst us at DARPANA for a reference work which showed the sophistication and complexity of Kuchipudi, but was simple to follow.

With the vast knowledge of my guru, C. R. Acharya, and the help of many manuscripts, both published and in the DARPANA Academy Library, this book is the first textbook in English for students of this form.

Many hours went into learning and reconstructing from texts the Karanas, and I thank Bharat Bariya and Jagruti Raval for their help in posing for the photographs. My thanks also to Fr. Rappai S. J. for the adavu, padabheda and karana photos; to Mrinalini Sarabhai for the navarasa photos and for her constant guidance; to Suman Jayakrishna who designed this book as part of a study project; to Sanjay Morlidhar and Sri. Pandarinathan for helping with the layout and artwork; to all those of DARPANA and Mapin Publishing who have made this book possible; and above all to my guru C. R. Acharya who has inspired in all of us a deep and abiding love for and joy in Kuchipudi.

My gratitude is also due to Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan for taking the time to write a Foreword and to the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts for co-publishing this book.

May 1992

Mallika Sarabhai

About the Author:

Guru C. R. Acharya, born in a family of ritual dance gurus, learned under the veteran Lakshminarayan Shastry. Together they took Bhagavata Mela Natakam out of Kuchipudi village and interpreted it as a solo form the first time. Guru of some of India's most celebrated Kuchipudi performers, he has been teaching at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts since 1950.

Mallika Sarabhaihas trained under Guru C. R. Acharya and has been a Kuchipudi performer since the late seventies. She has been involved in researching the style for many years, and as a performer has taken this style all over the world. She is also involved in producing educational videos to explain the intricacies of classical dance to a lay audience.

CONTENTS

1Origin and Early
Development
7
Myths and Legends
History
2Bhagavatars,
Bhagavata Mela
Natakam And
Kuchipudi
19
Make-up and Costume
Training
Performance
3Hasta Bhedas27
Asamyuta
Samyuta
Hastas for Relationships
Hastas for Goddesses
and Gods
Nritta Hastas
4Movements of the
Limbs in Dance
55
Sthanakas
Charis
Padabhedas
Rechakas
Gatibhedas
Bhangimas
5Karana and
Angahara
83
6Navarasa147
7Tala and Footwork161
Traditional Tala
Present Rhythms
of Adavu
8Seven Kinds of
Ritual Dance
165
The Seven Tandavas
of Shiva
The Five Lasyas
of Parvati
Peruni
Prenkhani
Kundali
Dandika
9Raga and Music185
Development
The Daru in Kuchipudi
Kuchipudi Items
  a. Dance dramas
  b. Shabdams
  c. Kirtanams-
     Devotional Songs
10Glossary203
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