Kuchipudi village, the traditional families and their roots and bonds with the village and the dance form.
Kuchipudi derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, in Andhra Pradesh, India which was given by the king Achyutappa Nayak to all the Brahmins who used to practice Bhagavatmela, That’s why the village used to call Achyutapuram. All those Brahmins were bring together to the village to practice the art form, king used to take care of the Brahmins. Kuchipudi grew largely as a product of the Bhakti movement beginning in the seventh century A.D. However, it was in the 14th century that the ascetic Siddhendra Yogi appeared on the scene and gave Kuchipudi a new definition and direction.
Kuchipudi was originally a male dance tradition. Groups of men traveled from village to village enacting stories from the Hindu mythology. As in Elizabethan theatre men portrayed the roles of women. It was only in last 9 or 10 decades that women were introduced to this art form. Kuchipudi in its present form is the result of the vision of stalwarts like Vempati Chinna Satyam and the late Vedantam Laxminarayana Shastry.