The word ‘Kuchipudi’ is well known for Dance form. And, Kuchipudi as a place is also well known for ‘Kuchipudi Village’ in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, where the birth of Kuchipudi dance form took place. But, it is quite common in India – villages having same name, but with varying geographical location/s. The same is also applicable with reference to the present Kuchipudi village. Kuchipudi as a village is well know only with reference to the Krishna District village in Andhra Pradesh, where the dance form took birth. But, there is also another Kuchipudi village in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh itself. In fact, I’ve a considerable association with this village on academic grounds, when I was associated with the Project ‘Caste Out of Development: Civil Society Activism and Transnational Advocacy on Dalit Rights and Development’, which was led by Prof David Mosse, the Principal Investigator. Prof David Mosse is associated with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. This project is solely funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom.
The formal activities of this Project can be observed at; http://www.casteout.wordpress.com
At this Kuchipudi village, which was part of the Amrutuluru Mandal of the Guntur District, I was intensely involved to trace out the Dalit Christian Activism with reference to this district and Andhra Pradesh for a considerable duration of 2010.
The present pictures were captured during April, 2011, When Dr Luisa Steur visited the village, along with me. Dr Luisa was also part of Caste Out of Development Research Project. The following pictures provide a bird sides glimpse of the village;