Contents: Introduction. 1. Technique and expressions in Indian classical dances. 2. Origin of dance according to Natya Sastra. 3. History of dance. 4. Contribution of Natya Sastra to the Diaspora of Indian Dances. 5. The significance classical dance forms of India. 6. Bhagavatha mela Natakam. 7. Yakshagana. II. 1. Kuchipudi Dance its origin and development. 2. Kuchipudi Bhagavatha Mela Nataka. 3. The structure and contents of Kuchipudi Yakshagana. 4. Kuchipudi Kalapas. 5. Bhama Kalapam. 6. Golla Kalapam. 7. Sailent features of Kuchipudi Yaksha Ganas. 8. Angikabhinaya. 9. Aaharyabhinaya. 10. Important character and their Aharya in Kuchipudi Yaksha Gana. 11. Vachikabhinaya. 12. Satvikabhinaya. 13. Performance of Kuchipudi Yakshagana. III. 1. Kathakali Dance-its origin and development. 2. Evolution of Kathakali. 3. Development of Kathakali. 4. Classism in Kathakali. 5. Angikabhinaya. 6. Aaharayabhinaya. 7. Vachikabhinaya. 8. Satvikabhinaya. 9. Performance sequence. IV. 1. Comparative study of Kuchipudi and Kathakali dance traditions with special reference to Chaturvidhabhinaya. 2. Angikabhinaya. 3. Single hand gestures. 4. Bhandavya hastas. 5. Devatha hastas. 6. Dikpalaka hastas. 7. Navagraha and other hands. 8. Talas in Kathakali and Kuchipudi. 9. Aaharayabhinaya. 10. Vachikabhinaya. 11. Satvikabhinaya. V. 1. Kuchipudi and Kathakali dance forms today. 2. Innovations and changes in Kathakali dance. 3. Innovations and changes in Kuchipudi dance. 4. Eminent exponents of kuchipudi dance and their contribution. 5. Eminent exponents of Kathakali dance and their contribution. 6. Questioner and interviews. 7. Individual research work/field work of the present researcher. Conclusion. Bibliography. Annexure.
Kuchipudi is the name of a village in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. It was a male oriented Natya Mela tradition belonging to Bhagavatha mela for a long time and only dance dramas of Mythological themes were performed. Siddendra Yogi, who niched a definite formate for this dance form has been considered as father of Kuchipudi dance tradition. Kuchipudi artists use to peform Veedhi Natakas, Kalapas, Yakshaganas and dance dramas in which Natya and abhinaya were dominantly featured. Consequently a solo Kuchipudi repertoire was shaped combining some extracts from the existing dance-dramas and also adding some special choreographed items like Taramgams, Sabdam, Keerthanas, Padams, Astapadis and Javalis etc., Vedantham Laxmi Narayana Sastri (1880-1940) is the first person to introduce this solo system in Kuchipudi dance tradition. (jacket)