Born on October 25, 1929 in Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh, Vempati Chinna Satyam was successful in popularising the Kuchipudi dance form all over the world. He systemized Kuchipudi by giving it a more classical basis. Apart from refining the art form, he brought it closer to the standards of Natya Shastra and introduced new elements.
He learnt Kuchipudi under Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry. He then refined his art by learning from Sri Tadepally Perrayya Sastry and later was trained by his elder brother 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 started the Kuchipudi Art Academy at Madras in 1963. The Academy has to its credit more than 180 solo items and 15 dance dramas composed and choreographed by Vempati Chinna Satyam.
These solo items and dramas have been staged all over India and abroad. He composed his first dance drama Sri Krishna Parijatham in the same period followed by another hit Ksheera Sagara Madanam and played the lead role. His portrayal of Lord Shiva and his choreography was well received.
He has been conferred with many titles and awards such as Sangeet Peeth of Bombay, Asthana Natyacharya of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam,TTK Memorial Award by Madras Music Academy, Natya Kalasaagara of Waltair, Raja-Lakshmi Award of Madras, Kalaprapoorna from Andhra University, Natya Kala Bhushana of Guntur, Bharatha Kalaprapoorna of Hyderabad, D. Litt from Sri Venkateswara University, Asthana Natyacharya of Pittsburgh, and National Award from Central Sangeet Naatak Akademi, New Delhi.
He was awarded by many state governments of India such as Kalidas Puraskar by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu. He was honored with a Doctorate degree by Andhra University.