Kuchipudi is an Indian classical dance originating in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India, but popular all overSouth India. According to legend, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi founded the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition. It was popularized by Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and many other dancers.
The performance usually begins with stage rites. Then, each of the characters comes on the stage and introduces themselves with adharavu (a small composition of both song and dance.) The dharavu introduces the identity of the character and set the mood. The drama then begins. The dance is accompanied by song, typically Carnatic music. The singer is accompanied by mridangam, violin,flute and the tambura. Ornaments worn by the artists are generally made of a lightweight wood called Boorugu. It originated in the seventh century.