The styles of dance broadly classified in the Natya Sastra are the graceful style (Kaisiki), the grand style (Sattvati), the energetic style (Arabhati) and the manly style (Uddhata).
(Dance Dialects of India by Ragini Devi).

Sita Pooviah was the first Indian to do her PhD in dance. Her thesis was called 'The art and science of Indian classical dancing and its social bearing' from the University of Bombay in 1950. (Review - “Mirrors and Gestures: Conversations with women dancers”
by C S Lakshmi – by Shoma A Chatterji, News Times, Hyderabad, Oct 13, 2003)

Pt. Ram Gopal recreated the Buddhist temple dance of Ceylon in the Hollywood film The Elephant Walk.

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