Pradesh, is a state rich in natural resources, cultural heritage, history
and most of all, an opportunity to explore them. Created by combining the
old princely state of Hyderabad with the Telugu speaking portions of the
former state of Chennai, Andhra Pradesh to this day retains much of its
regal glory and mystic charm.
Telugu, the official language of Andhra Pradesh, is described by C.P. Brown
as the " Italian of the East ". It has been influenced by
Sanskrit. The prominent poets of Telugu include Nannaya, Tikkana, Sri
Krishna Devarayulu and a host of others.
The dance styles in the State are based on the standard treatises, viz.
Abhinaya Darpana and Bharatarnava of Nandikeshwara, which is sub-divided
into Nattuva Mala and Natya Mala.
Kuchipudi, a blend of music and abhinaya, is Andhra Pradeshs unique
contribution to dance it have flowered from a village called Kuchelapuri or
Kuchelapuram in Krishna district. From its birth around 300 B. C., it has
remained a continuous and living tradition of this region, performed by men
of the Brahmin community.