Kuchipudi Arch

Summary: Many foreigners visiting India are attracted towards the dance form called Kuchipudi, which is known to have an excellent traditional value, let us explore.

Kuchipudi is a dance form that is actually classical in nature and it is known to belong to the South-East Indian State, Andhra Pradesh, in Krishna District. In addition to wildness and balance, artists practicing this dance form should have elegance and energy. They should also possess sensuality and during its peaks, this dance form was displayed in the form of dance drama, wherein the audience were able to understand the content that the dancer wants to share, just with the help of his/her movements.

It is purely a classical form of dance and it employs, abhinaya, tandava and lasya and the artists will have to interpret the slokas with their dance movements. In this dance form, the artists are known to use intricate form of four abinayas namely satvica, aaharya, vachika and angika. This means that they express the different emotions and different nature of human beings.

Distinct feature of kuchipudi:

The use of vachikabhinayam is known to be the distinct feature of this dance form and besides dancing for the classical music that is played in the background the dancer will also act with gestures as mentioned earlier. For those interested in learning this dance form, it would take nearly 10 years to master and it is also important that the education must be obtained under the guidance of trained Kuchipudi master. The master will slowly teach the different ways in which emotions should be expressed using different movements and most parents in AP show interest towards teaching this skill to their girl children right from the very young age.

Kuchipudi Temple

Two popular schools of dance in India:

Nattuva Mela and Natya Mela are the two most famous schools of dance in the nation. Of these two schools, the former is known to have steadily transmuted into Bharathanatyam, while the latter is transformed into Kuchipudi dance. Bharathanatyam is the classical dance form that belongs to another Indian state Tamil Nadu, while Kuchipudi is of course associated with Andhra Pradesh. The ultimate purpose of Kuchipudi is to entertain the audience and so it will be in dance-drama form mostly associated with religious theme, while other themes are also staged by artists.

Kuchipudi Dance Colleges

Origin of Kuchipudi:

Kuchipudi dancers perform the classical form of dance, which is known to have been originated in the village of Kuchipudi, which is in Southern part of the country. For quite some time, this dance form was performed only in temples on auspicious festivals. In addition, the dancers practicing this form of art earlier were only from Brahmin Families and they are called as Bhagavathalu of Kuchipudi.

Tale associated with this dance form:

This form of dance has got its name from the native village called as Kuchelapuram, a small village located at a distance of about 65 kms from the city of Vijayawada. This dance form is known for its lively movements and strong narratives besides its dramatic description.

Local stories state that there was once an orphan in Srikakulam in the state of AP, who was brought up by the village people. According to the custom prevailing those days, the villagers arranged for his marriage at a very young age and later with a view to get knowledge of vedic studies, he was known to have went to Udipi, where he started to spend his life as Sidhendra Yogi.

After completion of his vedic studies, he returned to his village, where he was guided by the elders of the village to move to the house, where his wife lives and asked him to take responsibility of the task of running the family. To see his wife, he began traveling to her native village and on his way he had to cross a river. After swimming for a certain distance, he found that it is hard to swim further and so he began praying god to provide him the strength needed for crossing the river. With the grace of god, he got the strength to move forwards and reached the bank of the river.

After he reached the bank, he thanked the god for saving his life and decided to spend his remaining life for religious affairs and he became a yogi. He settled in the village called Kuchelapuram and began teaching the dance drama that is close to spirituality to Brahmin boys with a view to present it as an offering to the God in the form of Natya Shastra.

The first group of Brahmin Bhagavathulu of Kuchipudi came up in the year 1502 AD and this group of dancers performed in front of deities and women were not permitted to participate in the group of dancers. Siddhendra Yogi is regarded as the founder of this dance form and many popular dancers like Tadepalli Perayya, Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry developed the reach of this art form. There were amendments in this classical form of dance, due to which women were permitted to participate in practice sessions. In India, popular dancers like Kaushalya Reddy, Yamini Reddy, Bhavana Raddy and Raja & Radha Reddy are a few to name.

Kuchidi Dance

As dramatic form:

This dance form became popular as a form of dance and Brahmins, who were only allowed to get trained in this dance form, were granted lands around Kuchipudi. Over the years, the dance form moved out of the village of origin and stage performances were done by many popular dancers.

Kuchipudi Dance College

Musical instruments used in this form of dance:

Many musical instruments are used in this form of dance to enable dance performance by artists and some of them are:

  • Tanpura
  • Venu
  • Surpeti
  • Kanjira
  • Violin
  • South Indian Vina
  • Manjira
  • Mridangam

As a form of dance, it was also enjoyed by the rulers, who ruled India before the advent of this style in its present form. This was because of the prevalence of Devadasi system during those times. But, with passage of time, Devadasis were turned out to be victims of feudal abuse.

VTPS VIjayawada

Summary: The Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, shortly called as APGENCO has many power plants and Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station operates from the city of Vijayawada.

Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station, which is otherwise called as Vijayawada Thermal Power Plant (VTPS) is situated in the city of Vijayawada. This is a coal-based power projects functioning under the Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, established in 1958. It is actually situated on the left bank of the Krishna River at a distance of about 2 kms. It is well-placed in between the Ibrahimpatnam and Kondapalli Villages. It lies at an elevated level of about 26.5 meters above sea level.

VTPS Water Pond


This power project was developed in four stages. The first three stages each has two 210 Mega Watts units, while the fourth stage has a unit of 500 mw. Here are the commissioning details of the different stages of the power station:

  • Stage No.1: There are two units namely; unit 1 and unit 2 with a commissioning capacity of 210 MW each commissioned on 1st of November 1979 and 10th of October 1980 respectively.
  • Stage No.2: There are two units namely; unit 3 and unit 4 with a commissioning capacity of 210 MW each commissioned on 5th of October 1989 and 23rd of August 1990 respectively.
  • Stage No.3: There are two units namely; unit 5 and unit 6 with a commissioning same capacity as the previous units commissioned on 31st of March 1994 and 24th of February 1995 respectively.
  • Stage No.4: There is a single unit called unit 7 and a commissioning capacity of 500 MW commissioned on 6th of April 2009.

Uniqueness of Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station:

The total capacity of the station is 1760 MW. The uniqueness associated with this thermal power station is its layout. A wide range of facilities are provided to ensure comfortable operation and upkeep of the power station.

The huge reservoir crated by the Prakasam Barrage offers an efficient Direct Circulation Cooling water system and it meets the other requirements of the thermal power plant as well. Originally, this power station is linked to the Singareni Collieries Company Limited for supply of Coal and rail transport is used for transporting coal from this company, which is at a distance of about 250 kms. The Stages second, third and fourth of the plant are connected to the Talcher Coal Fields in Orissa for meeting the augmented requirement of coal. This field in Orissa is located at a distance of about 950 kms and the coal is transported through goods train.

VTPS Backside

Apart from the four stages, a fifth stage is also in progress with an installed capacity of 800 MW. It is expected to be completed in the year 2019 and the commissioning of this stage is not yet done.

In addition, M/s. BHEL’s team visited the power station on the 11th of July 2014 and they assessed the feasibility of building a 2x270 MW coal based power plant in the existing place. If this becomes a reality, a sixth stage can also be expected. The plants until fourth stage is presently running and government also has plans to phase out the unit 1 and 2 of the first stage.

Hotels In Vijayawada

Summary: When someone plans for a vacation in Vijayawada, he will be looking for the best hotels to plan and here are some details in this regard.

Are you searching for the best accommodation in Vijayawada? You have come to the right spot. Here, let us explore some of the best hotels in this city, so that you can book your stay online and can ensure your comfortable stay in the city during your vacation:

The Gateway Hotel:

This hotel is situated on the MG Road, which is just 15 minutes away from the Vijayawada Railway Station and 25 minutes away from the domestic airport in the city. You can get a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the Krishna River from this hotel and it is located close to many sightseeing spots in the city. There are facilities like state-of-the-art health club and swimming pool in the hotel. Here are the important points to note:

  • There is parking space in the hotel at the basement level, which is the largest in the city with the facility to park nearly 200 cars
  • There is rooftop pool side venue that will be suitable when you wish to organize events for your business or even for personal occasions.
  • The hotel holds the pride of being the only hotel in the city with Swimming pool facility
  • There are 108 rooms to book your stay.Gateway Hotel Vijayawada

Quality Hotel DV Manor:

Quality Hotel D V Manor, a business hotel strategically located in the commercial hub of Vijayawada on the MG Road.

  • The laid-back rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities.
  • Most have wood floors, while some feature quilted headboards.
  • The hotel has a complimentary breakfast buffet, as well as a polished restaurant, a 24-hour cafe and a bar.
  • There's also a fitness room, plus a steam room and Ayurvedic massages. Parking is free.
  • There are 119 rooms to book your stay

DV Manor VijayawadFortune Murali Park

Just 20 Km away from the airport and 3 Km from the railway station, Fortune Murali Park offers you the best of services. The hotel is located on MG Road, Labbipet which is a good place to shop around.

  • The hotel has 5 well-equipped banquet halls and seminar rooms.
  • Other Facilities include Currency exchange, Gymnasium, High speed internet connectivity in rooms
  • There are 94 rooms to book your stay

Fortune Murali Park Vijayawada

Hotel Manorama:

Hotel Manorama a 3 star business hotel strategically located in the commercial hub of Vijayawada.

Since last 50 years serving to the commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh and retaining its unique identity , we are welcoming you

Hotel Manorama is centrally located in the Vijayawada city. 80 rooms categorised as 50 Executive Rooms, 16 Deluxe Rooms, 13 Superior & 1 Seventh Heaven Suite

  • Health care on call
  • Travel desk
  • Conference hall
  • Laundry service
  • Gym
  • Internet connectivity

Hotel manorama Vijayawad

Hotel Minerva Grand:

This is yet another great hotel located in MG road in Vijayawada. You can get fine dining experience combined with aesthetic designs and decors and of course state-of-the-art conveniences in this hotel. Here are the facilities to point out:

  • Special city tour on request
  • In-room safe deposit lockers
  • Round-the-clock, café, concierge on call, currency exchange and business centre
  • Centralized AC
  • Car hire and travel services
  • Baby sitting
  • Health care on-call

Minerva Grand VIjayawada

These are some of the hotels in Vijayawada. There are also other hotels like Continent Park Hotel, Ilapuram, Innotel Hotel, etc.

With the development of internet facility, you can just compare hotel deals online and can book for rooms online itself. Make sure to choose a hotel that will provide easy access to the important attractions in the city, so that you will not feel tired out of traveling long distances to reach the tourist destinations.

Welcome Board of Guntur Municipal Corporation

Summary: Guntur Municipal Corporation is famous in the state of AP and here are some details about this corporation.

Guntur is a city that is located in the Guntur District of the state of AP. The Guntur Municipal Corporation holds the pride of being one among the oldest municipalities in the state. The city of Guntur is governed by the Greater Guntur Municipal Corporation shortly called as GGMC and it is a civic body. The year 1866 is a milestone year for this municipality as it gained this status during this year. During this year of conversion into municipality, this place had a population of 25000 people. However, the first elected body was constituted only in the year 1881.

Growth of the Municipal Corporation:

After the first elected body was constituted in the year 1881, this place experienced the following improvements:

  • In the year 1891, the area was upgraded from 3rd grade municipality to second grade municipality.
  • Again, in the year 1917, it was upgraded from second to first grade municipality.
  • In the year 1952, this area got upgraded from first grade to special grade.
  • Again, within 8 years (i.e.) in the year 1960, she was upgraded from special grade to selection grade.
  • In the year 1994, she got the status of Municipal Corporation under the Andhra Pradesh Municipal Corporation ACT 1984 with her existing municipal limits.
  • In the year 1995, the first election for the municipal corporation was held.

Right from getting the status of Municipal Corporation, the area has been focusing on turning the Guntur City as a modern one.

Governing body:

The governing body of the corporation includes a standing committee chairman, a mayor and a deputy mayor.

Executive body:

The executive body of the Guntur Municipal Corporation encompasses the town planning authority, the municipal engineer, assistant commissioner, added commissioner and commissioner.

Government parties:

  • Between the years 1995 and 2000, the governing party of the corporation was Telugu Desam Party (TDP)
  • The same party governed the corporation between the years 2000 and 2005 as well.
  • During 2005-2010, the governing party was the Indian National Congress called as INC.

The period between 1995 and 2000 is stated to be the golden era in the history of Guntur Municipal Corporation as the governing party took many initiatives towards the development of the corporation and implemented them as well. During this period, the combined efforts of governing body along with executive body with an IAS officer in the group brought considerable development to the corporation. 

History of Guntur Municipal Corporation:

When the Guntur Municipality was constituted, the main aim was to fulfil the fundamental infrastructural requirements of the local people. The meaning of the term ‘Guntur’ means ‘the village of tanks’. It is believed that the village of tanks initially came into existence due to the red tank close to it.

During the French rule of Kondaveedu from 1732 AD, they built a fort to the eastern side of the old Guntur. Then, the French Commander constructed his houses and other houses towards the North of the tank and this area was called the New Guntur. This place started to gain importance and in the year 1766, the English company took over the Kondapalli and the northern areas, Guntur was held by the French force in the same place. Then, 13 years later, the French troops decided to move to Hyderabad and during this time, the Captain Harper decided to stay in Guntur for some months along with his company’s troops.

Seven years after 1779, Guntur was under the control of the Indian rulers the Nizams and again in the year 1788, it was taken up by the British.

Guntur Municipal Corporation Building

What happened during the British period?

The areas that were formed as Guntur and Krishna Districts were initially administered by the Chief and Council at Machilipatnam until the year 1794. After this year, two collectors, who were directly responsible to the Board of Revenue were appointed at the Machilipatnam and Guntur areas. Then, in the year 1859, the two collectorates, were brought together into a single district known as Krishna District. However, this arrangement was discontinued with the building of anicuts across the Krishna and Godavari rivers with a view to increase irrigation facilities. Then, it was difficult for a single collector to handle these two wealthy areas. To manage this situation, one more readjustment was made in the year 1904. This led to the formation of a separate district with headquarters as Guntur.

Again in the year 1909, the Tenali Taluk was divided into the Repalli and the present Guntur Taluks. There from, there was no change in the areas coming under the Guntur District of the state. Then, the building of Krishna anicut in the year 1854, gave way for intensive cultivation of fertile lands. The anicut enabled commerce to flourish in this area and with the construction of Railway Bridge across the Krishna River at Vijayawada, the trade possibilities further increased in this area.

It is stated by economists that the British government not only provided opportunities for the growth of the economic base of this region, but they also made efforts for the orderly growth within the limits of Tenali, Guntur and Vijayawada. They also took efforts towards the beautification of the towns of Vijayawada and Guntur. With the development of many infrastructural facilities, the then British government also formulated building rules for regulating the development of private lands in the towns coming under this area. With a view to ensure integrated growth of towns, the government also framed the Madras Town Planning Act, which was enacted in the year 1920 in Guntur.

Logo of Guntur Municipal Corporation

After independence:

Initially after independence, the Indian government engaged in the schemes that aimed at the overall economic growth of the population of the state as against focusing on the growth of towns. With this motto of the government, the new Krishna Barrage was decided to be constructed in the year 1954. After the decision, the work was completed in the year 1957-58. The new one was constructed with the intention of replacing the old one that was completed in the year 1854.

With a view to manage the railway traffic, another bridge was constructed across the river Krishna. The bridge across the Krishna River contributes towards establishment of social and economic contacts between the Krishna and Guntur Districts.

So, right from the British rule, the Guntur area is developing and now the Guntur Municipal Corporation is working towards the development of corporation in the state and the corporation has achieved many milestones in this regard.

Pinakini Express, Vijayawada

Summary: Vijayawada is a city that it well-connected through rail routes to different top cities in India and Chennai is no exception.

Train journey is comfortable as compared to bus trips when it comes to long distance trips and it is also affordable as compared to air trips. If you are planning for a trip to the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai from Vijayawada, there are many trains running between these two cities.

Trip time:

When it comes to road trip between these two cities, the driving distance is 457 kms, while in the case of air route, it is 387 kms. However, the railway distance is 431 kms. The time taken by train trips will be minimum five and half hours to maximum seven and half hours.

Trains originating from Vijayawada:

If you wish to choose the trains that start from Vijayawada, you can choose either Pinakini Express that leaves Vijayawada at 6am and reaches Chennai by 1 pm or you can also take Jan Shatabdi Express that leaves Vijayawada at 2:50 pm and reaches Chennai by 10pm.

Other trains:

Not just these two trains, there are many trains that pass through Vijayawada railway station to reach Chennai. In addition, there are many trains that reach Chennai Central, which is the main railway station in this city. Besides these trains, there are also ones that reach the Perambur Railway Station in Chennai, while there are some trains that reach Chennai Egmore as well. So, if you aim at reaching any of these two stations, you can choose the trains accordingly when reserving your tickets for the Chennai city.

Vijayawada to Chennai Trains

First and last trains leaving Vijayawada to Chennai:

Every day, the first train leave at 12:55 hours and the name of this train is Tamil Nadu Express. This train reaches Chennai central at 7:55 am in the morning. The time taken for journey is six hour and 50 minutes. This is actually a route train and it is does not originate from Vijayawada.

The last train leaves this city at 11:55 pm every day and reaches Chennai at 7am. This is yet another router

The city of Chennai like Vijayawada has many attractions and you can very well plan your visit to this city after covering the attractions in Vijayawada. Have a great train journey by booking tickets in advance.