Kuchipudi is named after the village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh named Kuchipudi, the shortened form of the full name Kuchelapuram or Kuchilapuri, where it was developed. The history of Kuchipudi dance can be traced to 1st century B.C, according to the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra. It is rooted in the dance-drama tradition, with several dancers taking different roles, employing the three forms of Abhinaya - Nritta (rhythmic dance movements), Nritya (depicting a story through facial expressions & body movements) and Natya (combination of Nritta & Nritya).  

Levels Taught: Foundation and Advanced.

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Arunima Kumar

Ustad Bismillah Khan Awardee, Arunima Kumar is a well known and versatile Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, choreographer, and Artivist. With an impressive record of over 1500 performances in 50 countries, she has performed at prestigious cultural festivals, and world heritage sites including the London Olympics 2012, Sydney Opera House, Royal Opera House, Scotland Yard, House of Lords, Europe Parliament in Brussels, Sadlers Wells, Southbank and more. She has been awarded many titles including the Ustad Bismillah Khan award by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship, FICCI Flo Award for excellence in Art amongst others.

In 2017, She was recognised for her work and recently was invited by Akademi and Government of India to choreograph and perform for the Queen's reception at the Buckingham Palace to launch the India UK Year of Culture. Her students' age 3-10 years also performed at the historic altar at Westminster Abbey for the Queens Family day celebrations, a hallmark in British history.

She left her corporate career to spread the art of Kuchipudi and Indian culture. It is her vision to create innovative performances that push boundaries and break stereotypes.

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