Kuchipudi derives its name after its village of birth in Andhra Pradesh, India. Sri Siddhendra Yogi, the father of this dance form, first developed this particular style in the 14th century. He is known for Bhamakalapam, a ballet, which was performed over nine days and was based on the mythological story of Satyabhama and Lord Krishna.
Kuchipudi evolved from yakshagana, a drama tradition practiced by male dancers who played both male and female roles to enact stories. As the patronage changed through each generation, this art form grew and went through a lot of changes.
In the early part of the 20th century, Sri Vendantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry revolutionized Kuchipudi by introducing solos to the drama tradition. He also encouraged women into the art form. His disciple, Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam continued his work and brought world-wide recognition to this art form.
The foundations of Kuchipudi are based on the Natya Shastra, a treatise on dance, music, and drama. This art form is characterized by its scintillating rhythm, quicksilver movements, geometric precision, eloquent and sensitive expressions, and beauty in its technique of presentation.
More than that, Kuchipudi is a lifestyle to live, a discipline to follow that makes one a better person.