Kuchipudi is one of the eight major forms of classical dance which has its origins in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The dance is based on the principles and guidelines of Bharata’s Natya Sastra and is predominantly a drama based dance form with round bodied movements, beautiful histrionics, fast paced rhythm and has the unique feature of vachikabhinaya (lip syncing)!
Kuchipudi was originally practised by male Brahmins doing dance dramas as a touring dance company, but since the introduction of female dancers and solo repertoire, the dance has gained immense popularity globally.
Sri Siddendra Yogi is considered as the father of Kuchipudi dance and Padmabhushan Dr Vempati China Satyam is considered as the modern father of the dance form who had made the dance as one of the most popular Indian classical art forms.
Bhamakalapam, kshetraya padams, javalis, Narayanateertha’s tarangams (which are done on brass plate), sabdams, jatiswarams, thillanas, kavutams, daruvus, varnams, keertanas, etc are the main choice of performing items. The dance form draws its music base from the Carnatic music tradition of South India.
Profile of performing students:
Jackie Law, Cynthia Lau, Ingrid Yeung, Tammy Lai
They have been students of Master Hari Om for 10 years performing extensively in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, China and yearly performances in India.
Apart from learning in the usual classes, they all spend extra time to train personally to improve techniques and knowledge. They all have also successfully finished many workshops and yearly teacher training courses conducted by Master Hari Om.
Profile of HODS (Hari Om Dance Society):
Hari Om Dance Society was formed in 2008 by Master Hari Om and his students primarily consisting of Hong Kong Chinese with an aim to promote the beauty of Indian dance in Hong Kong and South East Asia! Master Hari Om is an established Kuchipudi dance master who has been teaching in Hong Kong since 2003. He is also the trendsetter of Bollywood and semi classical Indian dance classes in Hong Kong.
HODS has participated in several prestigious events in Hong Kong and internationally, eg the International Kuchipudi Convention in Hyderabad, India in 2014 and 2016, and was the only non Indian team to get the honor of performing there in 2014. HODS also organizes workshops by eminent artists from India and also organizes regular dance shows for its students to showcase the beauty of Indian dance.
HODS has also contributed to society by way of raising funds in support of organisations such as ORBIS HK and Children’s Cancer Foundation HK.
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