As a classical form of dance, drama and music, Kuchipudi
enjoys a unique place among the Indian classical dance idioms. It is racy and sprightly- indicating the quest for conquering
space and time. With its vigorous and vibrating leaps and turns, it is not cast in the mould of impressionism. It is ebullient
and scintillanting and yet has the capacity to be intensely lyrical. It is bold and sensuos in the movements of the eyes,
its ethos not confined to the languorous world of pining lovers.
The abhinaya aspect of Kuchipudi is unique for
it combines both the stylistic (Natya) and the realistic (loka) ways of expression. With a wide variety of character and theme
portrayals, the solos stand apart. The sancharis are exploited to the maximum, and narration and elaboration of a story is
brought in whenever there is an opportunity.