Kuchipudi to be part of school syllabus from next academic year

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3 Dec 2015
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VISAKHAPATNAM: To provide a platform for the children to pursue cultural arts and offer employment to Kuchipudi teachers, the classical dance of Kuchipudi will form part of the educational curriculum and will be included in the school syllabus from the ensuing academic year, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao announced here on Saturday

The Kuchipudi teachers will get placement through District Selection Committee (DSC) in schools

After constantly appealing to the Andhra Pradesh government for five years to include Kuchipudi dance in the school syllabus, Vikram Kumar Goud, the founder president of Nataraj Music and Dance Academy (NMDA), welcomed the move after Ganta Srinivasa Rao promised to include Kuchipudi subject as a part of primary education

Vikram who also staged a hunger strike in 2011 for inclusion of the Kuchipudi in the school syllabus and filling up of dance teacher posts, said, "There are as many as 20 qualified Kuchipudi teachers and 50 practically qualified teachers in the city. Moreover, there are more than 10,000 students learning Kuchipudi in different centres of the city." "Introducing the dance form in the syllabus will help the students realise the rich culture of our State along with the knowledge of basic nuances of the dance form," he added.

NMDA principal and secretary KV Lakshmi who has been teaching Kuchipudi in Vizag for the past 16 years, said, "For the budding artistes, practicals along with theory is essential. While practicals can be included from class one, theory can be from grade five since it would include hastas, mudras and a lot of other minor details on Kuchipudi." She also added, "Children should be taught about our culture when they are in school so that interest develops in them. The dance schools in Vizag offer a four-year certificate course (qualification - 8th std) and a six-year diploma course (qualification - 10th std) in Kuchipudi. Hence, inculcating values in the formative stage will help children realise their potential and talents."

Ganta Srinivasa Rao said, "The government is committed to encourage young children to pursue cultural arts and to showcase ideas with innovative themes

Kuchipudi to be part of school syllabus from next academic year
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