In Kuchipudi, male dancers who impersonate females are called Bhrukumsas.
Well known music composer Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sarma also composed music for dance dramas in Kalakshetra.
The Dhananjayans presented Ramanatakam of Arunachalakavi for the first time in the history of dance, without characterised costume, but with emphasis on just body and facial expressions.
Jaya Nrityam is a dance that is performed to celebrate the victory of the army in a war. A rare sculpture depicting Jayanrityam is seen in the gopuram of Thirukodikaval temple in Tanjore district.
Raghunandan Nallan Chakravarthula set a world record in nattuvangam by doing 33 hours of marathon nattuvangam on September 21st morning from 9 am to September 22nd evening 6.30 pm in 1997 at Telugu University, Hyderabad. 18 eminent Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dance artistes cooperated with him to accomplish this feat.
The origin of Odissi can be traced back to the Natyasastra which refers to the Odhra Magadha style of Odissi.
The original script for the Kaisiki Natakam was written by Veerabadhra Nattuvanar in the thirteenth century.
Sangitha Kalpadrumam the magnum opus of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar has a chapter exclusively on dance. The chapter titled Narthanaprakaranam deals with dance, its origin and other technical aspects.
The Sattriya dance was introduced by Sankaradev a saint poet of Assam who started neo-vaishanvism in the fifteenth century.
Guru Bipin Singh founded the Manipuri Nartanalaya in Calcutta, Mumbai and Manipur in 1972. In 1984, Guru Bipin Singh choreographed the first complete solo repertoire which was presented in Manipur by his student Priti Patel.
* Pankaj Charan Das is the only guru who has learnt the art form of the Mahari (temple dancers of the Jagannath temple, Puri) and who belongs to the tradition. For over 20 years, Rupashree Mahapatra and Gayatri Khuntia are receiving training from him.
* Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the greatest living guru of Odissi dance, was once a Gotipua in his chilhood. Gotipuas were boy dancers who dressed like female dancers and danced like the maharis who were the equivalent of the devadasis of South India.
* Pandit Sunderlal Gangani is not only a Kathak maestro, he's an expert tabla player, a poet who has composed several bhajans, an expert in horse riding, chess and wrestling too.
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