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Andhra Pradesh schools to have lessons in Kuchipudi

Education NewsWhile the theory classes will be compulsory, the practical ones will be optional.For those opting for the practicals, a four-year diploma certificate will be awarded to the successful student.

“Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is keen that we introduce a comprehensive plan to promote Kuchipudi both in the country and abroad. As part of this initiative, lessons on Kuchipudi will be introduced to high school students,” K Sasibabu, deputy secretary of AP youth, tourism and culture department, told.

The theory lessons for Kuchipudi have been prepared by Dr Vedantam Ramal inga Sastri, principal of Siddendra Yogi Kuchipudi Kalakshetram in Kuchipudi of Krishna district which is affiliated to Potti Sriramulu University . The lessons have been sent to the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) for approval and the state authorities see no issues in it being granted.

“The approval is likely to come in a few days. Since the textbooks for the coming academic year have already been printed, these lessons will be given as supplementary material to students,” Kuchibhotla Anand, chairman of the recently formed Kuchipudi Natyaramam told TOI. The Naidu government has constituted the Kuchipudi Natyakalaramam to oversee the promotional activities of the dance.

As per the curriculum, Class V students will be taught about Kuchipudi stalwarts and legends like Vemapati Chinna Satyam, Bhagavatula Ramaiah and Vedantam Satyanarayana.Class VI students will learn about mudras and techniques while Class VII students will learn about rules in performing the dance and also its benefits. Various forms of Kuchipudi like Yakshgana, Kalapalu, solos and group performances will be part of Class VIII curriculum.

“We hope that at the end of the theory classes, the student will have an overall idea and knowledge of the basic nuances of the dance form,” Ramalinga Sastri said.

It is estimated that there are about 1,500 qualified Kuchipudi teachers in AP currently. “In addition, there are about 20,000 people who are learning Kuchipudi from various institutes in the state. All of them will be enlisted as teachers,” Anand said. Reportedly, about 100 private schools in Krishna, Guntur, and Visakhapatnam districts have al ready dis played an interest in teaching Kuchipudi in their insti tutes.

Legend has it that a group of dancers performed in the court of Abul Hasan Tana Shah, the eighth and last ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, in Golconda in the late 17th century. So impressed was the ruler with the dance that he wanted to know its name. But the dancers said it had no name, upon which the king asked them as to where did they come from.”Kuchipudi (in Krishna district),” they said. Tana Shah then declared that the dance form will henceforth be known as Kuchipudi.

Source: The Times of India

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