Although Kuchipudi was originally performed by men of high caste only, nowadays most of the dancers are women. The dance is a poetic presentation of different moods and feelings, shown by rhythmic patterns, mudras (hand gestures), facial expressions and expressive eye and eyebrow movements.
The three fundamental parts of Kuchipudi dance are nritta (pure rhythmical dance), nritya (interpretative dance) and natya (drama). It is the only classical Indian dance that incorporates dialogue and acting, and is accompanied by carnatic music and musical instruments like the mridangam, flute, tambura and violin.
The simplest and most important goal of this dance is to invoke immortal joy and bring one nearer to the path of salvation.