Andhra Natyam

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Andhra Natyam
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Andhra Natyam illustration of a lady holding a kumbha harathi to worship God
GenreIndian Classical Dance
OriginAndhra Pradesh, India

Andhra Natyam comprises Aagama Narthanam, Aasthana Narthanam and Prabhandha Narthanam. Andhra Natyam is performed by both men and women.

Andhra Natyam is a classical dance form originating from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This traditional dance form, having a history of 2000 years, was lost in the Mughal and British era, and was revived in the 20th century.[1][2]


This dance form is performed by both men and women, characterised by rich footwork and expressions (Abhinaya). The musical instruments accompanying the dance include mridangam, manjira, veena, the violin, venu, tanpura, surpeti and kanjira.[1] Padmasri-Bharatakalaprapoorna Dr Nataraja Ramakrishna Nataraja Ramakrishna who was a former chairman of Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Nataka Academy was the architect of the Andhra Natyam dance form. Were it not for Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna's dedication and devotion, the Andhra Natyam and Perini Sivathandavam, the spiritual dance art of Andhra Pradesh would have been buried deep in the pages of history.[3]


It is derived from various dance forms including older dance styles like Dasiattam, Kacherittam and Chinnamelam. It has strong similarities with Bharatanatyam. Though it originated in temples, it was also performed by the courtesans known as kalavantulu in Telugu. Open-air public performances known as Kalapam (Navajanardhana parijatham) are a part of Andhra Natyam.[1] Andhra Natyam is struggling to get recognition from Indian Government[4]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sinha, Aakriti (2006). Let's know dances of India. Star Publications.
  2. Sinha, Aakriti (2006). Let's Know Dances of India. ISBN 9788176500975.
  3. Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (7 June 2011). "Kuchipudi legend Nataraja Ramakrishna passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  4. Vishnoi, Anubhuti. "Andhra Natyam may get classical dance status". The Economic Times. The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 February 2021.

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