Culture of ChittoorChittoor city heads the district Chittoor, situated in South India. Situated on the banks of Ponnai River, the main tourist places in the district are Gandikota, Jyothi, Pushpagiri, Ardhagiri, Chandragiri and Vontimitta. The culture of the city is mixture of Telugu, and Tamil.
Dance and Music of ChittoorThe dances practised by the people of Chittoor are Kuchipudi, Vilasini Natyam, Burrakatha, Veeranatyam, Butta bommalu, Tholu Bommalata, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Lambadi, Bonalu and Kolatam. The people of Chittor mostly practice Carnatic music. The famous musicians of the district Chittoor are Subrahmanyam Pillai, Uppa Dhadiyam Subrahmanyam, K.Veera Raghavulu, V.Jayaram, Venkataramana, Vijayam, Singarayya, Sarangapani and others.
Many associations were formed to promote dance, music and art in the region. After the formation of “Sangeetha Nataka Academy” in 1957 the first president appointed was R.B. Ramakrishna Raju of Karvetinagar.
Fine Arts in ChittoorThe ancient art famous till date in the district is “Veedhi Natakam”. Kangundhi of Kuppam Mandal is famous for “Veedhi Natakas”. Drama that were popular in the district are Kolatam, Chekka Bhajanas, Pandari Bhajanas, Rambhajana, Gariga Nrutyam, Gobbi Nrutyam, Jakki Nruthyam, Koyyabommalata, Tholu Bommalata, Dommarata, Gangireddu Aata, Pagati Veshalu, Modi, Elugubanti Vesham, Puli Vesham, Nemalla Aata, Kavadi Nruthyam, Thappita Gatalu, Keelu Gurralu.
Urban Hut (Shilparamam)Urban Haat was founded in 1999 which is situated near Tirupathi, Tiruchanur Road. The formation of the haat was done to encourage different art work of various artists. Art centers which are famous in the district are Kalamkari-Srikalahasthi, Wood Sculpture-Pallamala, Terrakota figures-Palamaner, Wood Sculpture-Madhavamala, Ariveni-Madanapalle, Charala and Chowdepalle-Bronze images etc.
Kalamkari: Srikalahasthi is known for Kalamkari. Gurrappa Chetty received the Padmashri Award in Kalamkari.
Sculpture on Wood: The figure of Lord Krishna and Sathyabhama was prepared from the single wood by Gummadipudi Satyanarayana of Pallamala village for which they received the award for the first time in India.
Artists from in and around ChittoorThe famous artists of the district Chittoor are Nagaiah, A.M.Raja, Jikki, R.B.Ramakrishna Raja, N.Sreeramulu, A.Hanumantha Rao, P.Narasimhaiah, Dhikshitu Dasu, A.Krishna Rao, P.Nagesam, Y.V.Reddy, Iruvaram Lokanadham, P.Gopala Krishna, Pulikanti Krishna Murthy, Rama Prabha, Mohan Babu, Roja etc.
Important Leaders in Freedom Struggle From ChittoorHistorical evidence states that the ruler of Chittoor region was the first one to invite British to step on the Indian land for the first time. It also played a vital role in getting the freedom from British people. In 1885 the first session of the Indian National Congress was held at Bombay which was attended by Panapakam Anandacharyulu, native of Chittoor who also presided the annual session in 1891.
Other moments in which the people of the district actively participated were Swadeshi Campaign, Home Rule Movement, Non Co-operation Movement, Khaddar Movement, Salt Satyagraha and Quit India Movement. The important leaders of the British India quit moment are Anantasayanam Iyyengar, Ananda Charyulu, Margaret Cousins, Anni Beasent, R.B.Ramakrishna Raju, B.Munuswamy, T.N.Ramakrishna Reddy, D.Srinivasa Iyyengar,M.Srinivasulu, K.Varadachari, P.Timma Reddy, T.C.Rajan, and Anayasuya Devi.
National Awardees from Chittoor DistrictPadma Vibhushan: Dr.Pratap C. Reddy, (Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals in the Year 2010), Smt.Yamini Krishnamurthy (in 2001).
Padma Sree: Dr.M.Mohan Babu (Veteran Actor and Educationalist), Dr.Shobha Raju (Founder President, Annamacharya Bhavana Vahini), Gurrappa Chetty, Kalankari (from Srikalahasthi in the 2008), A.Anitha Reddy (Social Service at Bangalore in the Year 2011).
Versatile PersonalitiesAnanthasayanam Ayyengar: Born at Tiruchanur in 1891. Work profile: worked at different capacities as President of District Congress Committee, President of District Co-operative Bank, President of Hariajana Seva Sangam, Deputy Speaker of Loksabha, Speaker of Loksabha and Governor of Bihar.
Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy: Born at Cattamanchi near Chittoor in 1880. He introduced many reforms in the field of Education in 1918 as Mysore Govt. Education Officer. His servings include Legislator for Chittoor in 1923 and later as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University. He was a part of Freedom Struggle.
B.Munaswamy Naidu: Worked as Chief Minister of the Composite Madras State and belongs to Chittoor District.
A.M. Raja: Famous Playback Singer of G.Krishnaveni, Jikki the wife of A.M.Raja belongs to Chittoor District.
Jiddu Krishnamurthy: Great Philosopher and the founder of Rishi Valley Public School. He was born at Madanapalle. He is the founder of Krisnamurthy foundation of America and the Krishnamurthy foundation of India.
Some well known poets from Chittoor are Dhurjati, Annamayya, Kshetrayya, Polipedda Venkatrama Mallanna, Sarangapani, Venkatachalapathi, Rachaveti, Chandrappa, Desikacharuyulu, Krishnamacharuyulu, Bhatti, Venkataranacharuyulu, Subbaraya, Varakantirava Sastri, Kuppuswami, Narasayya, Tharigonda Vengamamba etc.
Music and Dance Classes in Chittoor
Address: 10-418, Near Premela Theatre, D.i. Road, Chittoor Ho, Chittoor - 517001
Vignesh Dance Institute
Contact: +(91)-8572-650911, +(91)-9440416309
Address: Sheshapeeran Street, Chittoor Ho, Chittoor - 517001
Contact: +(91)-9391624825 3-69
Address: M.b.t Road, Bangarupalem, Chittoor - 517416
S.M.D Musical Center
Contact: +(91)-9247755870 2-60,
Address: M.b.t Road, Bangarupalem, Chittoor - 517416