Dancing Family

Padmabhushans Dr(S) Raja Radha Reddy , Kaushalya Reddy
Yamini & Bhavana Reddy
India’s First Family of Dance

"The Reddy's are the ultimate showmen. Their presentation can rarely be matched by other dancers."

The Hindu -newsdaily

About two decades back Legendary Kuchipudi Dancing couple Raja and Radha Reddy created history by becoming the first couple to receive the Padmashree and Padmabhushan awards individually and simultaneously for bringing ‘Kuchipudi Dance’- the pride of Andhra Pradesh onto the cultural map of the world. But their journey is not alone. In their efforts to propagate this art form they have been joined by Kaushalya Reddy and their two daughters Yamini and Bhavana Reddy.

Today they stand out as the only family in India which is completely dedicated to dance. Raja and Radha Reddy are famous for their togetherness and perfect unison. Joined by Kaushalya, Yamini and Bhavana, who are carrying on the ‘parampara’ or tradition of the Kuchipudi family, they bring to life a bigger picture of Kuchipudi encompassing its finest nuances while at the same time infusing it with fresh energy.

The Reddy family is rarely matched in its presentation. Together they have travelled the world over and are continuously striving to maintain Kuchipudi’s position on the cultural map of the world.




Kuchipudi dance is born from a human being’s most simple movements and imaginative ideas. This Indian Classical Dance style belongs to the Telugu land i.e. the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is an art form that engulfs the excitements of story telling, emotions, drama, movements and rhythm with depth and meaning. It is racy and sprightly – indicating the quest to conquer Space and Time. With all its vigorous and vibrating leaps and turns, it is not cast in the mould of impressionism. It is ebullient, scintillating and yet has the capacity to be intensely lyrical.

What Makes Kuchipudi different from other dance forms?

All Classical dance forms of India are based on the Natya Sastra and consists of three elements; Nritta ( pure dance) where acting with expression is not important the emphasis is on movements and rhythm. Nritya, when expressions and sentiments take centre stage. Natya acting with mudras to songs verses etc.

All these three elements find good blend in Kuchipudi dance form. It also finds an equal blend of ‘ Tandava’ – the majestic style of dance performed by male characters and ‘Lasya’ – feminine, lyrical and graceful aspect of dance portrayed by women characters.

As Kuchipudi originates from the Yakshaganams or dance-drama, it has certain distinct features which differentiates it from other Classical Dance forms. To name a few

  • Vaachika Abhinaya – The use of speech and expressing emotional sentiments.

  • Pravesha Daruvu – Each dancer is introduced with a pravesa daruvu or entrance number. In a pravesa daruvu, the artiste reveals his or her identity. This varies depending on the mood of the characters.

  • Plate Dance – Here the dancer dances on the rim of a brass plate, weaving creative rhythmic patterns. The significance of this dance is to break all earthly connections and spiritually connect with God.


Telugu, being the native language of Andhra Pradesh and Telanagana, became the primarily used music in Kuchipudi dance form. Sanskrit, being the language of the Vedas, is also used extensively in various compositions. As a classical dance form belonging to the South of India, it is danced to the Carnatic form of classical music. However with the onset of new eras and shrinking boundaries Kuchipudi dance is also being choreographed to contemporary languages and other forms of music.

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