MS Subbulakshmi has sung the padams and javalis for the dancing duo Radha (her daughter) and Anandi (daughter of litterateur Kalki), both disciples of Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai.

Kathakali maestro Ramankutty Nair, Krishnankutty Poduval on chenda and Appukutty Poduval on maddalam were hailed as the Kutty trio of Kathakali, till the demise of Krishnankutty Poduval in 1992.

Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, Vishnu Purana, Bamadeb Samhita, Niladri Mahodaya and Gopal Pallav have all mentioned the importance of dance and music as an essential offering to please god. The inscriptions on temple walls testify to this.
(‘Maharis: the temple dancers of Orissa’ by Aloka Kanungo, Nartanam, Apr-July 2006)

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