National Award-winning director Gnana Rajasekaran recently shot a Melattur Bhagavata Mela sequence for his forthcoming Tamil-English bilingual film ‘Ramanujan.’

Ramananda Raya (minister of Prataparudra Deva, who ruled over Odisha in mid15th century)  was a devout Vaishnava and he introduced the custom of temple dances performed by boys dressed as girls.

The paper manuscript of Prahlad Natak (Odiya dance drama form) by Raja Ramakrushna Chhotaray is preserved in the Odisha State Museum. The manuscript was collected from Madras Oriental Manuscript Library.

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