VIJAYAWADA: Good days are ahead for ‘Kuchipudi’ village where Kuchipudi dance flourished in the 13th century and is still continuing. The state government is gearing up to start the construction of ‘Kuchipudi Natyaramam’ soon at a cost of Rs 100 crore to promote the iconic dance across the country.
As part of the smart village project, SiliconAndhra has adopted the village to transform it into ‘Smart Village’ in two years by providing all basic facilities and also by developing schools, roads and hospitals. On the occasion, SiliconAndhra has arranged a festival ‘Jai Ho Kuchipudi’ at Kuchipudi Kalakshetram here on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, collector Babu A said that Kuchipudi, which was neglected for years, will soon get a facelift and will transform into one of the best tourist spots in the country. “The Natyaramam construction work will start soon after the release of funds by the government. In Kuchipudi, about 203 houses lack individual toilets and we will soon sanction toilets for them,” he said.
In the district, out of 1,242 villages and wards, about 410 have been adopted by NRIs to develop them as smart villages and smart wards. “In the smart city project, sanitation has been given special importance and we have set a target to construct 1.70 lakh individual latrines in the district and the government has already released Rs 1 crore for this in the first phase,” Babu A said.
Natyaramam president Kuchibhatla Anand has sought help from the public to develop it as smart village and expressed confidence that Kuchipudi will soon regain its fame. He said there were plans to construct a super speciality hospital in Kuchipudi.