A SPECIAL showcase of South Indian classical dance is coming to the Border for the first time.
Canberra's Sadhanalaya School of Arts will present Kuchipudi Narthanam at Albury Entertainment Centre Theatrette on Saturday, October 5.
Kuchipudi Narthanam performer Suhasini Sumithra said the dance style originated from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
"It's an art form that evolved thousands of years ago and was mainly performed by males," she said.
"Now it's mostly performed by women both here and in India.
"It evolved from religion based on Hindu methodology."
Dynamic, rhythmic, graceful and emotive, Kuchipudi Narthanam is a rich cultural and performing arts experience.
It features Kuchipudi exponent Vanaja Dasika, a niece of the legendary dance and music teacher Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam.
Dasika is a highly-trained professional performer, choreographer and musician, who opened her Canberra dance studio about eight years ago.
Suhasini said the 90-minute show featured four performers in pure dance and storytelling.
"We wear traditional costumes based on Indian dance saris with a lot of jewellery and headpieces as part of the costumes," Suhasini said.
"Even if you don't understand dance, it's aesthetically beautiful.
"We're thrilled to be coming to Albury."
Kuchipudi Narthanam will also tour Sydney, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bryon Bay, Rockhampton and Mittagong.
This project has been supported by the Australian Council for the Arts, the federal government's arts funding and advisory body.