*Kuchipudi - The Origin*

India stands high when it comes to culture and heritage. South India has been the birth place for various dance forms. Kuchipudi is one among the many which holds a unique place in the world of dance. It exemplifies the heart of Telugu culture in its variety and richness. This dance style draws it's sustenance from the principles enunciated in *Bharata's Natya Sastra* Siddhendra Yogi, an exceptionally gifted scholar and artiste who lived in the 14th century gave a definite format to this ancient art of kuchipudi.