Dance Forms of Andhra Pradesh

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The dance forms of Andhra Pradesh take on a wide variety of colors, costumes, and types; and involve different settings and musical instruments.

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Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi is an excellent dance form which originated in Andhra Pradesh.

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Kuchipudi is not only a dance, but a fine amalgamation of dance, gestures, speech and song. A Kuchipudi dancer is required to be well versed in dancing, acting, music, various languages and texts.

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Vilasini Natyam

Vilasini Natyam is dance tradition of deva dasis in Andhra Pradesh.

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It faced near extinct after anti-deva dasi act and fortunately revived by few remaining dancers. It is yet to receive Indian Classial Dance status.

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Dappu

Dappu is a lively dance form that started in Nizamabad District.

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The dancers wear colorful dresses and dance to the musical tunes of cymbals, tabla and harmonium. In Dappu, the themes are usually based on the mythological stories.

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Butta bommalu

A typical folk dance form, popular in Tanuku. Butta Bommalu which literally means basket toys are made of wood-husk, dry grassand cow dung.

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Each dancer wears a different mask over the head and shoulders enlarging the scope of the performer and dances to a non-verbal rhythm which adds colour to the movements.

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Lambadi

Linked with the Lambadi tribe, this dance form is performed to celebrate incredible sowing season or loaded harvest.

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The dancers in this dance form adorn themselves with costumes that have glass beads embroidery, ornate jewelry, brass anklets, and ivory bangles.

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Kolattam

‘Kolatam’, or the stick dance, is one of the most popular dance narratives in Andhra Pradesh.┬áIt is also called as Kolannalu or Kolkolannalu.

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Kolatam is also called Kolanna in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh state.

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Dhimsa

In the hilly region of Vishakhapatam district, Dhimsa dance is performed by people of every age group.

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This is a tribal dance that is performed during the months of Chaitra (March/April). To perform this dance, the artists dress in typical tribal dresses and ornaments.

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Bonalu

Bonalu is a very special and unique dance form where the female dancers dance to match the rhythmic beats while balancing pots on their heads.

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Bonalu dance is performed to praise Mahankali, the Goddess of this village. Potharajus, a dance performed by males is done before the female dancers in the temple.

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