Chennai being the Cultural Capital of South India was the natural choice, when Dr. Vempati, in 1963, decided to identify...
Chennai being the Cultural Capital of South India was the natural choice, when Dr. Vempati, in 1963, decided to identify a suitable location for his proposed center of art and culture with the focus on revival and reinterpretation of that great Andhra heritage, Kuchipudi dance, distinguished for its sublime sensuousness and exquisite lyricism. Acharya Chinna Satyam, inspired by a vision and turned on by drive to realize it somehow, was determined to dedicate his life to the cause of Kuchipudi dance, which had till then remained not only neglected but also virtually rejected because of its rustic overtones. Thus was born the Kuchipudi Art Academy in 1963 with just ten or twelve students. Connoisseurs of art touring India can hardly miss the scene building with the look of an Indian synagogue with bold letters -” KUCHIPUDI ART ACADEMY “, located in the posh locality of Adayar