As a classical form of dance, drama and music, Kuchipudi enjoys a unique place among the Indian classical dance idioms. It is ebullient, scintillating and yet it has the capacity to be intensely lyrical. It is bold and sensuous in the movements of the eyes.
Kuchipudi derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, in Andhra Pradesh, where it originates, largely as a product of the Bhakti movement, beginning in the seventh century AD. The earlier themes of Kuchipudi were the legends about Shiva and were performed both by men and women. Men performed ritual dances in Shiva temples while women performed as Kelika (entertainment) at the Kalyanamadapams of temples where the gods were the audience.
Kuchipudi is the dance drama of Nritta, Nritya and Natya. The Nritta consists of teermanams and jatis, the Nritya of Sabdams, and the Natya of acting with mudras for the song. Thus, Kuchipudi is a complete dance drama as conceived by Bharat Muni, in which conventional and realistic forms of acting are happily blended. This mixture of acting creates 'Raasa' for the spectator. It is in its subtle interfusion of drama in an otherwise classical pattern of dance that Kuchipudi displays its uniqueness.
At her performance in "Bhavishya the Generation Next" Festival of Music and Dance, New Delhi, people commented that in her is 'real Bhavishya' of Indian Dance.