Kuchipudi performers dance their way into Guinness Records
Andhra Pradesh's own classical dance 'Kuchipudi' found a place in the Guinness World Records yet again when a record 6,117 dancers came together to present a show at the IGMC Stadium . Dancers from across the country as also from countries like US, UAE, UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Mauritius took part in it.
Guinness adjudicator Rishinath declared that “Jayamu Jayamu” item presented in unison by the participants created a new record and handed over a certificate to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
The “Maha Brunda Natyam” (grand group dance) was organised as part of the ‘5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention’ organised by the state Department of Language and Culture. “Jayamu Jayamu” is one of the glorious items of ‘Kuchipudi’ dance choreographed by the legend Vempati China Satyam.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, eminent ‘Kuchipudi’ gurus of yesteryears Raja-Radha Reddy, Yamini Krishna Murthy and many others attended the closing ceremony. In 2010, over 2,500 ‘Kuchipudi’ artistes had achieved a similar feat in Hyderabad (in then undivided Andhra Pradesh).
Kuchipudi is one of the classical dance forms of the South India. Kuchipudi derives its name from the Kuchipudi village in Krishna destrict of Andhra Pradesh. In the seventeenth century the Kuchipudi village was presented to the Brahmins, who were experts in staging dance and drama. Kuchipudi exhibits scenes from the Hindu Epics, legends and mythological tales through a combination of music, dance and acting. Like other classical dances, Kuchipudi also comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics but it is the use of speech that distinguishes Kuchipudi's presentation as dance drama.