India | Andhra Pradesh


Bhamakalpam is a dance-drama performed in Andhra Pradesh. This art form was derived from the famed ‘ Kuchipudi’ dance, by a revered figure named Siddhendra Yogi in the 17th century.

The word ‘bhama’ cites ‘Satyabhama,’ Lord Krishna’s wife who is beautiful but jealous, while ‘kalpam’ literally means a complaint or argument. The performance in Bhamakalpam begins with some rituals on the stage. It is followed by each character coming to the stage and introducing himself/herself by performing a ‘daru,’ which is small song and dance sequence related to the character.

Bhamakalpam is performed in a series of dances accompanied by classical music. The movements are feminine, derived from Kuchipudi. The artists wear ornaments made from a lightweight wood locally called ‘Boorugu.’

Updated on 5th August, 2014


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