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Andhra Pradesh abbreviated A.P., is a state situated on the
southeastern coast of India. It is India's fourth largest state by area and
fifth largest by population. Its capital and largest city is Hyderabad,
Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Guntur,
Warangal and Tirupati are other major cities. The State has the second
longest coastline 972 km (604 mi) among all the States in India. The
official language of Andhra Pradesh is Telugu, while other languages
spoken in Andhra Pradesh are Kannada, Urdu, English, Tamil, and

Andhra Pradesh lies between 12°41' and 22°N latitude and 77° and
84°40'E longitude, and is bordered by Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and
Orissa in the north, the Bay of Bengal in the East, Tamil Nadu to the
south and Karnataka to the west.

Major cities Hyderabad, Visakhapatanam, Vijayawada,Kakinada,
Rajamahendravaram, Tirupathi,Warangal,Guntur,Kurnool.


Other cultural elements

Andhra Pradesh State Symbols
State language Telugu (తలుగు)
State symbol Poorna kumbham (పరణకంభం)
State song Maa Telugu Thalliki (మ తలుగు తలలక మలల

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telling stories using three different 2 |Page . produces lacquered toys. producing carvings of idols in soft stone that must be exhibited in the shade because they are prone to weathering. the banks of river Godavari. Nanduri Venkata Subba Rao's Yenki Paatalu (Songs about a washerwoman called Yenki). The village of Etikoppaka. and lightweight metal alloys. Aavakaaya (a variant of mango pickle in which the kernel of mango is retained). dry grass. and the Dudu basavanna (the ceremonial ox decorated for door-to-door exhibition during the harvest festival Sankranthi) have long defined Telugu culture. Kondapalli is famous for mud toys with rich colors. Folk dances unique to Andhra Pradesh include Yaksha ganam. mischievous Budugu (a character by Mullapudi). Atla Taddi (a seasonal festival predominantly for teenage girls). Gongura (a chutney from Roselle plant). Burra katha (usually done by three people. Annamayya's songs. Story telling in Andhra Pradesh is an art form in itself. Kalamkari is an ancient textile art form dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Tirupathi is famous for redwood carvings. Nirmal paintings are expressive and are usually painted over a black background. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 పదండ) by Sri Sankarambadi Sundaraachari State animal Black Buck (కృషణ జంక) State bird Indian Roller (పల పటట) State tree Neem (వప) State sport Kabaddi (చడగుడ) State dance Kuchipudi (కచపడ) State flower Water lily (కలువ పవవ) Bapu's paintings. mud. The village of Durgi is known for stone craft. Dolls are made from wood. located in Visakhapatnam district. Andhra Pradesh is famous for doll making.

¤ Banjara Needle Crafts (Embroidery) This art form belongs to the nomads and gypsies of Andhra Pradesh. Chekka bajana. The embroidery of this form is live and vibrant. The range of handicrafts is absolutely fantastic at Andhra Pradesh. Banjaras in Andhra Pradesh display their colorful lifestyle through their exuberant clothes. Here you can find many forms of performing arts. where a group of people dance in circles with loud music). Many of them evolved from within the state whereas some were brought by the people coming to this magnificent state. They hold a special place in the culture and tradition of the state. ¤Handicrafts Some of the most exquisite handicrafts are found in Andhra Pradesh. Jangama kathalu. Arts and Crafts of Andhra Pradesh There is no dearth of exuberant culture and traditions in Andhra Pradesh. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 musical instruments). handlooms and curios. 3 |Page . and Ghata natyam (performances done with earthen pots over one's head). Hari kathalu. Urumula natyam (usually done at festivals.

description of the deity. This meticulous brass work art flourished during the reign of Kakatiyas empire. a district in Andhra Pradesh. ¤ Budithi Brassware The Budithi Brassware originated from a small village called Budithi in central Srikakulam. characteristics. proportions. These verses instruct the craftsmen about the physical measurements. This place is famous for creating beautiful shapes out of alloys. aesthetics. These shapes are also available in modern as well as antique style. 4 |Page . These verses were called dhyana. There are many legends related to its entry and exit into the country and then to Andhra Pradesh. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 ¤ Bidri Craft This craft belongs to the the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. It basically involves silver inlay on metal. symbolism and above all. ¤ Bronze Casting The famous bronze idols were based on the verses from the Shilpashastra. which is very exquisite. ¤ Pembarthi Metal Crafts Pembarthi is a small village located in the state of Andhra Pradesh at about 100 kms from Hyderabad. The village is famed worldwide for its unmatched brassware tradition.

These toys are also made up of sawdust. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 ¤ Durgi Stone Craft The famous Durgi stone craft originated in the Durgi. This art form belongs to the Kondapalli district of Andhra Pradesh. which imparts this ancient skill. enamel gums and watercolors. There is a school of sculpture and stone carving located here. tamarind seed powder. ¤ Kondapalli Toys The famous Kondapalli toys are made of softwood. wood and sawdust is applied for giving further shapes and attaching limbs etc. The Lacquer craft involves the application of lacquer on wood in pleasing shades to create 5 |Page . Some of the masterpieces of Durgi Stone Craft is found at the Nagarjunakonda museum. to the toy. a paste made of tamarind. After the toy is carved on the wood. ¤ Lacquer Ware The Lacquer craft is widely found in Etikoppaka in Andhra Pradesh.. It is situated 10 Kms from Macherla in Andhra Pradesh. known as Tella Poniki. This place is one of the major centers of this craft.

famous all over the world for its melody and harmony. in which scenes from the Hindu epics. ¤ Handlooms The handlooms of Andhra Pradesh are of excellent quality. It is an integral part of Carnatic music. This instrument is even mentioned in almost all ancient texts. Mahabharata and Ramayana are painted. the oldest musical instrument. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 a distinguishing appeal.Paintings & Toys The Nirmal art is generally found in the Nirmal town. ¤ Nirmal Arts . Here. They are involved in Niramal arts. Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. ¤ Chirala Textiles 6 |Page . Every region of the state has its own style and weave. Saraswati Veena is manufactured. It is also famous for its fine saris all over the world. many craftsmen known as Nakash reside. ¤ Veena Manufacturing At Bobbili in Andhra Pradesh.

it is wrapped with wax & clay before being dyed in selected colors . This art from was brought to India by the Persians who migrated to Andhra Pradesh during the Muhammaddin regime. ¤ Eluru Carpets The Eluru in Andhra Pradesh is famous for its woolen pile carpet industry. they developed the carpet industry here. which is used in preparing yarn for weaving. After the fabric is ready. Later. The borders also have butta and the pallus of the saris have exclusive designs. They have simple. These saris are specially worn on functions. plain borders without much contrast. ¤ Dharmavaram Saris The Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh is famous for silk saris all over the world. The borders of these saris are commonly broad having brocaded gold patterns. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 The textiles of Chirala are quite famous. ¤ Gadwal Saris Gadwal located in Andhra Pradesh is famous all over the world for its beautiful saris. The Chirala textile is made by using a large quantity of oil. The body of the Sari is cotton whereas the border and 7 |Page .

This internationally acclaimed weaving form. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 pallu are in silk. prayer carpets for Mohammadans. ¤ Mangalagiri Sarees The Mangalagiri saris and dress materials are made from Mangalgiri cotton. ¤ Ikat Weaving Handlooms This is a skill that requires a lot of intricacy. It is a style of weaving. This art form is found at Machilipatnam in andhra pradesh. located 12 Kms from 8 |Page . tent lining cloth. table clothes and curtain clothes printed in attractive colors. These fabrics include a range of special mythological designs for Hindus. which is quite popular here. Mangalagiri. ¤ Kalamkari Fabrics The Kalamkari is a fabric famous all over the world for its beautiful vegetable colors used on the clothes. chintz. is now practiced mainly in Puttapaka. where the yarn is randomly dyed in natural zigzag or geometric patterns. Pochampalli and Chautuppal villages of andhra Pradesh. The cotton and silk fabrics are woven separately and then attached together. The Ikat weaving originated in Nalgonda district of andhra Pradesh.

It is famous for attractively designed cotton saris. ¤ Uppada Sarees Handlooms The Uppada saris are produced in Uppada. At Peddapuram. a beach town located 20 kms from Kakinada. 9 |Page . 20 kms from Kakinada one can buy delicately designed silk saris created by local artisans. FASHION TOURISM 201 0 Vijayawada is also an important pilgrimage center in Andhra Pradesh.

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