Andhra Pradesh classical dancers danced their way to the Guinness World Record

Andhra Pradesh classical dancers danced their way to the Guinness World Record pardesi news 1484024541

'Kuchipudi', a form of classical dance that originated in Andhra Pradesh, found a place in the Guinness World Records when, for the first time ever, 6,117 dancers came together to present a show at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh..

 The Guinness World Record adjudicated for the 12-minute “Jayamu Jayamu” item, presented in unison by the participants as the ‘Largest Kuchipudi dance’ performance.  The record event was organised by Silicon Andhra, a cultural non-profit organisation in association with the Andhra Pradesh Government at IGMC Stadium. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu received a certificate from the Guinness adjudicator, after the event. "This Kuchipudi feat is an inspiration to the younger generations and helps them master the art. Traditions and culture have to be carried to the future generations. It is to protect our identity", said the Andra CM.

The "Maha Brunda Natyam" (grand group dance) was organised as part of the '5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention' organised by the state Department of Language and Culture. "Jayamu Jayamu" is one of the glorious items of 'Kuchipudi' dance choreographed by the legend Vempati China Satyam. Dancers from across the country as also from 15 others countries like US, UAE, UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Mauritius took part in it. In 2012, a similar feat was achieved when 5,900 dancers performed 'Kuchipudi' in Hyderabad.

Kuchipudi is one of the ten major Indian classical dances. The dance style was conceived by Siddhendra Yogi, a talented Vaishnava poet of 17th century, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.  It is said that Siddhendra Yogi had a dream in which Lord Krishna asked him to compose a dancedrama based on the myth of the bringing of paarijaata flower for Sathyabhaama, the most beloved queen of Krishna. The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. The singer is accompanied by musical instruments like mridangam, violin, flute and tambura. Like other classical dances, Kuchipudi also comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics but it is the use of speech that distinguishes Kuchipudi’s presentation as dance drama.

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