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Kuchipudi  is an Indian classical dance originating in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India, but popular all over South India.  It derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, a small village about 65 kms from Vijaywada.  It is known for its graceful movements and its strong narrative / dramatic character.According to legend, Tirtha Narayanayati, a sanyasin of Advaitic persuasion and his disciple, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi founded the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition

The performance usually begins with stage rites. Then, each of the characters comes on the stage and introduces themselves with a Dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance.) The Dharavu introduces the identity of the character and sets the mood. The drama then begins.