In 1973 the Government of Andhra Pradesh commissioned and produced a film on Kuchipudi. The 38 minute film was shot in Kuchipudi village and featured the Siddhendra Kalakshetram school of classical dance and music, led by Kuchipudi stree-vesham exponent, Padmasri Vedantam Satyanarayana Sharma.
It is a fascinating film featuring: young boys doing prepatory exercises (dandemu, chakradandemu, ekapada dandemu, gunjeelu, kailsamu, kappilu, moggalu etc) now largely disgarded in dance classes; Padmasri Vedantam Satyanarayana Sharma teaching; pada bhedas unique to Kuchipudi (sakatavadana); Dasavatharam; Balagopala Tarangam; and a Kuchipudi Yakshagana (Bhakta Prahalad) featuring the late Vedantam Rattayya Sarma in one of his famous roles and a traditional Sutradhara.
Other dancers featured include Sumathy Kaushal, Kumari Lanka Annapurna Devi, Kumari K. Prameela, Kumari Gadde Lala, Sri Vedantam Rattayya Sarma, Sri Pasumarthi Rattayya, Sri Pasumarthi Sai Babba, Sri Prabhala Murali, and Kumari Saraswathy Jyotsna.
A generous youtube user (tripmonk0, who also has a rich video archive of other Indian Arts) has uploaded excerpts from the film.
|Description||1 reel. 21 1/2 min. 777 ft. : sd. color. ; 16 mm.|
|Note||Produced for the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. Production, script, and direction: T. A. Abraham. Photography: M. K. Vighne. Music: Vijay Raghav Rao. Words: S. V. Vasudev. Voice: Partap Sharma. Consultant: Padmasri Vedantam Satyanarayana Sharma.|