From ancient times, Indians' love of personal adornment has been famous and developed into a fine art as is evident from the principles of iconography found in the different Silpa Sastras. Gods or icons are identified by the specifications of jewellery or clothing.

The speciality of Kshetragna, the composer best associated with eroticism in Carnatic music, was the padam, the genre known for the expression of shringara or love. He lived in the 17th century, adopted the signature of Muvva Gopala, and composed, as per his own admission in a song, 4200 padams. He was honored by the rulers of Thanjavur, Madurai and Golconda.
(V Sriram in 'Raaga Romance,' The New Sunday Express, Feb 12, 2006)

Subramani Bharati came into Bharatanatyam for the first time when Anandhi and Radha performed 'Aduvome Pallu Paduvome.' This always received standing ovation, not at the end, but right from the start.
('MS and the Tamil Isai Movement' by Gowri Ramnarayan, The Hindu, Music Season, Jan 10, 2006)

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