This dance comes from the state of Andhra Pradesh, precisely from a village which the dance is named after. Mainly a dance-drama performance, it gives a reference to the spiritual beliefs and temple gods of India, and is deeply explained in the Natyashastra. Evidence of Kuchipudi’s existence in an older version are found in copper inscriptions of the 10th century, and by the 15th century in texts such as the Machupalli Kaifat. The traditional set was performed by an all males troupe, A dancer in a male role would be in Agnivastra, also known as Bagalbandi, wear a dhoti (a single pleated piece of cloth hanging down from the waist). A dancer in a female role would wear a Sari with light makeup.
coming from the state of Odissa, this dance is as popular as Bharatanatyam or any other dance, originally done by females, it grew in popularity in the 20th century. it expresses spiritual stories and ideas particularly of lord Vishnu. again, when it was banned by the British, Indians protested all over the country, following its revival, evolution and glory. Modern Odissi productions by Indian artists have presented a diverse range of experimental ideas, culture fusion, themes and plays. Odissi was the only Indian dance form present in Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit single Black and White.