Friday 29 April 2016

Roses & Thorns - The Journey from Kuchipudi to KitschyPudi - Veejay Sai

Kuchipudi dance form’s woes seem to never end! Just when you think everything might be going fine, something inevitably pops up exposing the undercurrents within the Kuchipudi fraternity. This year’s Central Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees in both senior and junior categories had the whole community up in arms.  For once, everyone had their eyebrows raised in confusion when these names were announced. Almost no one in the larger dancer community has ever heard of both these names, so naturally everyone was puzzled at how a prestigious body like SNA had given awards to these artistes.  Before one gets into these details, it is important to go through a brief history of Kuchipudi itself. 

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