Kuchipudi, from Andhra Pradesh, was originally a dance-drama form. This is a first- ever attempt to demystify the nuances of a form that has always been the preserve of the males. The dramatic content of the form was passed from one generation to the other without a written script. It was only in the last century that pure dance sequences have been culled out to evolve a style that is distinct from the dance-drama form of the same generic name.
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It is a case of the dance having becomes synonymous with the dancers. The duo Raja and Radha Reddy, are perhaps the best known performers of Kuchipudi, who have brought out the form from the village to international concert platforms. Dancers, choreographers and gurus, they have given the form a new idiom, while remaining rooted in the centuries-old tradition. They are a superb example of the union of a strong tradition with intellect and aesthetics.
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