Madhuri Kishore Kuchipudi School
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 6:05pm - 6:25pm
Faith Petric Stage - Auditorium

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Kuchipudi (pronounced as 'Koochipoodi') is a Classical Indian dance form Andhra Pradesh, India. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that borders the Bay of Bengal and with resident Brahmins practicing this traditional dance form, it acquired the present name. The performance usually begins with some stage rites, after which each of the character comes on to the stage and introduces him/herself with a daru (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity, set the mood, of the character in the drama.

The movements in Kuchipudi are quicksilver and scintillating, rounded and fleet-footed. Performed to classical Carnatic music, it shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam.

Beyond the stylistic differences of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam steps, there are certain types of dances that are unique to Kuchipudi. Specifically there is the Tarangam of Kuchipudi which is unique in that the dancer must dance upon a brass plate, placing the feet upon the raised edges. The dancer moves the plate with much balance as the indiviudal is traditionally dancing on the plate with two diyas (small oil-burning candles) in his or her hands while balancing a "kundi" (small vessel) containing water on their head. At the end of the dance, typically, the dancer extinguishes the candles and washes his or her hands with the water. The prominence of Kuchipudi dance form is not limited to India alone.

Madhuri Kishore was initiated in the divine dance form of Kuchipudi at a tender age of five by Guru Kothapally Padma. She was further trained in this art form Guru Dr. Uma Rama Rao, Director of Lasya Priya Dance Academy, India.

Madhuri Kishore has given hundreds of performances all over India, and the United States. She has recieved several awards, prizes in recognition of her excellence. Apart from performing, she is also an accomplished dance teacher. Her creative choreography brings the dance theme alive with beautiful expressions and her own unique elegant steps. She played lead roles in several kuchipudi dance dramas directed by her Guru. Madhuri Kishore directed kuchipudi dance dramas like Gajendra Moksha, Mudhugare Yashodha, Ardhanareeswara Thatvam which her disciples performed at several ocassions. She, along with her students, participated in an historic guinness book of records event, the "International Kuchipudi Festival" held in 2008 at the Flint Center, Cupertino. She is a guinness book record holder for participating in the largest kuchipudi dance.

She started her school in the year 2005 and is one of the leading prominent kuchipudi schools in the bay area. Her students performed at various fund raising events and international events like International Spring Dance festival (SFO), International Kuchipudi Convention, Silicon Andhra, TANA (North America Telugu Organization), Asha Foundation (Berkeley), BATA, Yuva Bharati, ICC, India Waves, CCF. Madhuri Kishore's students also won several prizes in several national level competetions and talent shows. Apart from being a dance teacher, she is a Sr. Software Engineer in a reputed company located in Sunnyvale, California.