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;

Roman Catholic Church -
Roman Catholic Church –
Roman Catholic Church Inaugural information -
Roman Catholic Church Inaugural information –
Mother Statue at the Church, Schools, etc Institutions Compound -
Mother Mary’s statue at the Church, School, etc Institutions Compound –
Apart from the Church, other services extended by the Sacred Hearts Congregation -
Apart from the Church, other services extended by the Sacred Hearts Congregation –
A view of the Church from fields of the Church -
A view of the Church from fields of the Church –
A special way from Madiga locality of the Village to enter the Sacred Heart's Compound for utilizing various services -
A special way from Madiga locality of the Village to enter the Sacred Heart’s Compound for utilizing various services –
A front side view of the Lutheran Church -
A front side view of the Lutheran Church –
Former Chief Minister of Andhr Pradesh Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy's statue getting for inauguration in the Madiga locality -
Former Chief Minister of Andhr Pradesh Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy’s statue getting ready for inauguration in the Madiga locality –
Anganwadi School in the Madiga locality -
Anganwadi School in the Madiga locality –
Manna Church under construction, a view from inside -
Manna Church under construction, a view from inside –
A outside view of Daniel Memorial King of Kings And Lord of Lords Church -
A outside view of Daniel Memorial King of Kings And Lord of Lords Church –
Seventh Day Church, which is not functioning -
Seventh Day Church, which is not functioning –
Resembling Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) prominence by  Kamma's of the Village at Village Panchayat office.
Resembling Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) prominence by Kamma’s of the Village at Village Panchayat office.
Kamma's enthusiasm in the erection of TDP founder Mr N T R's statues, a symbol of their consolidation -
Kamma’s enthusiasm in the erection of TDP founder Mr N T R’s statue, a symbol of their consolidation –
Nethaji Subhas Chandra Bose state, near to NTR statue -
Nethaji Subhas Chandra Bose state, near to NTR statue –
A view of the Village Panchayat office -
A view of the Village Panchayat office –
Dr Luisa Steur and myself interacting with the Village scavenger on the Panchayat office premises -
Dr Luisa Steur and myself interacting with the Village scavenger on the Panchayat office premises –
Chronological list of the Village Panchayat Presidents/Sarpanche, over the years -
Chronological list of the Village Panchayat Presidents/Sarpanche, over the years –
A structure hosting Arya Samaj and Library -
A structure hosting Arya Samaj and Library –
Historic Temple in the Village -
Historic Temple in the Village –
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