Vempati Chinna Satyam

Born : October 25, 1929,

Vempati Chinna Satyam ( October 25, 1929 – July 29, 2012) was an Indian dancer and a guru of the Kuchipudi dance form.

Satyam was born in Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh. He was taught by Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry. He then refined his art by learning from Sri Tadepally Perrayya Sastry and later was trained by his elder brother Sri Vempati Pedda Satyam in expressions. As he learnt the nuances of this style of dance, he was successful in popularising the Kuchipudi dance form all over the world. He died of old age related problems at the age of 82.

Satyam's sublimated and systematised Kuchipudi, giving it a more classical basis. He refined the art form, bringing it closer to the standards of Natya Shastra and gave it a whole new perspective and introduced new elements, e.g. chari (leg movements) of Natya Shastra that are significantly different from the interpretations of other dance authorities, such as Padma Subrahmanyam. Previously, it had been considered a "rustic" (folk) form of dance.


Padmavati Srinivasa Kalyanam

Vipranarayana Charitam

Menaka Viswamitra


Bhama Kalapam


Rukmini Kalyanam

Hara Vilasam

Siva Dhanurbhangam (Ramayanam)