Kuchipudi - The Dance of Andhra Pradesh

Dating back to 2nd century BCE it is a classical dance from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that borders the Bay of Bengal and also the surname of the 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 dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity, set the mood, of the character in the drama. The drama then begins. The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. The singer is accompanied by mridangam, violin, flute and the tambura. Ornaments worn by the artists are generally made of a light weight called Boorugu.

 

Smt. Aruna Chandaraju, a freelance writer and photographer who contributes to leading Indian publications writes about Kuchipudi Dance in the National Geographic Traveller Magazine..

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Bhushavali's Travel Experience - part1

Here are some travel experiences shared by a Travel enthusiast Bhushavali...

  

New Adventures at Horsley Hills (Chitoor - Andhra Pradesh)

On a recent long weekend, I went again to one of my favourite destinations - Horsley Hills!!! I've already told you about it here and here. And here's about the Adventure games of Horsley Hills. Well, there was an awesome surprise that awaited me when I went this time.

 

All the adventure games here have changed for newer adventure games!!!!!! Yippeee.... This time too I did all of those and here are some videos of the new adventures. Btw, the height of the games has also gone up by about 5 ft - the more the merrier, isn't it???
This one below, is similar to the Earthquake of last time, but lengthwise swings. This was slightly less intense, but the problem was the holding wire that ran atop the head instead of arm height like last time.

The only thing that was not changed are the Spider man and Freefall...

After all these was a beautiful mid day at the exquisite view of windy Galibanda.

And the below one, is my new favourite.... 

 

Btw, that was our cottage. I've shared more about the accommodation available there in my earlier posts. Again stressing the fact that there's no point going without pre-booking accommodation. The number of rooms is only about 35.

 

 

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Bhushavali's Travel Experience - part2

Bhushavali, Travel enthusiast shares more of her experiences  ...

 

Adventure at Horsley Hills (Chittoor - Andhra Pradesh)

K. Now who is Badhri.? (If u don’t relate to it check out the last post!!!). Badhri is the guide at the Adventure Corner in Horsley Hills. Now what is this Adventure Corner.? Adventure Corner is a place in Horsley Hills that have some adventure games, in simple words - it’s My Gateway. It has 5 paid games and 5 free games (1 of which is disolated, so you could count that as 4) and 4 group activities.

The first one is the Horizontal Ladder which is basically a ladder like thing, tied up horizontally between two trees. The distance between each plank is about a foot and there is a rope atop with a pulley to hold. And know what Badhri does when you’re half the way – Madly shaking the base. I shrieked out only to find that it’s a part and parcel of the game!!!

The second one is the Burma Bridge which a bridge itself with wooden planks as the base. There are 2 ropes on either sides to hold while walking. It’s like a typical rope bridge or hanging bridge is in some mountain regions.

The third one is the Burma Loops which is similar to Burma Bridge except for the base wooden planks. It just has another rope at the base and knots in it that connects to the hand-held ropes to place the foot and walk. This is the longest of them all; guess was about 10 feet long.

The fourth one is Earth Quake. This is like Burma Bridge in which the wooden planks in the base are not connected to each other. So when one leg is taken off to place on the next wooden plank the one behind moves backwards with its own mind and the one next moves forward with its own mind!!! I love this to the core. This was my fav!!!

 

The fifth one is the Horizontal Rope which is nothing but a rope with a rope at the top with a pulley to hold. Walking has to be done sideways, like a crab. Not very impressive for me!!!

Now each of this is 100 bucks. Then the free ones are there as well.

 

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AP Tourism to wed couples

There is a frenzy surrounding Indian weddings that is almost unparalleled. Beginning from the selection of a bride or a groom to the destination of the couple’s honeymoon, there is a tremendous amount of work that families undertake to make the wedding a memorable one.

As weddings grow bigger and grander, the need for professional help has also grown. Joining this line of business is the Andhra Pradesh Department of Tourism in collaboration with ‘Imprint Travels’, known for its earlier project ‘Temple tourism’.

Marriage Tourism includes wide ranging services like match-making, astrological calculations, arranging the venue for the wedding, designing and printing of wedding cards and even shopping and accommodation of guests.

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