Diploma in Kuchipudi


  • To emphasize the essential unity of all true art
  • To work for the recognition of the arts as vital to individual, national, religious and holistic growth
  • To maintain the highest traditions of art and culture in their pristine purity and in conformity with traditions
  • To arrange for the training, research, study, teaching and development of art and science, music, dance-drama, fine arts and Kuchipudi
  • To impart practical skills in Kuchipudi as it is manifest today in its traditional form, complemented by appropriate background knowledge and understanding of the art, through a program of training and assessment
  • To lay a holistic foundation either as an element in a liberal education or as a preparation for vocational training in Kuchipudi or other dance-based careers, integrating the major aspects of the art form, including the movement vocabulary, the experience of performance and an understanding of the relevant music and literature
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation of Kuchipudi in the context of a wider dance world

Diploma - Semester I

  • Brief knowledge of classical dances of India
  • Brief study of Kuchipudi dance style
  • Origin of Natya (Natyotpatti) according to Abhinaya Darpanam
  • Brief study of Abhinaya and its four aspects
  • Brief study of Anga, Pratyanga and Upanga
  • Knowledge of the technical terms related to dance
    Swara, Sangeet, Nritta, Nritya, Natya, Laya, Tala, Sam, Matra, Avartana, Adavu, Araimandi, Muzhumandi.
  • Knowledge of the names of Asamyuta Hastas and Samyuta Hastas
  • Knowledge of the names of Shiro, Greeva and Drishtibheda with Shlokas from AbhinayaDarpanam
  • Brief study of Saptatala and knowledge of Aadi Taal, Roopakam and Mishra Chaapu Tala
  • Ability to notate all the Korvais, Jathis, songs and Saralivarisai prescribed in practical syllabus
  • Basic exercises in Kuchipudi combined with hand, feet, eyes and neck movement
  • Adavus in three speeds
  • Pooja
  • Jathiswaram – one
  • Ability to recite first fourteen lessons of Saralivarisai of Carnatic vocal music
  • Ability to recite and render all the Korvais, Jathis, Songs and Saralivarisai prescribed in practicalSyllabus
  • Brief study of Carnatic Tala system

Diploma - Semester II

  • Introduction to different Schools and Styles of Kuchipudi dance
  • Brief knowledge of the repertoire of Kuchipudi dance, Kuchipudi aharyam (costume and ornaments), Kuchipudi Music
  • Bandhavya Hastas, Navagraha hastas, Chaturvana Hastas
  • Bhava, Vibhava, Anubhava and Sthayibhava
  • Navarasa Study
  • Ashtavidha Nayika and Chaturvidha Nayaka

Apart from the practical syllabus of semester I

  • Krishna Shabdam
  • Annamayya/Ramadasa Keetana
  • Bhamakalapam (Pravesha Daruvu)
  • Thillana
  • Tarangam
  • Navarasa