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)

Later writers like Vipradas, Rana Khumba and others said that there are 2 types of nritya – natya nritya and marga nritya. Where rasa is predominant and bhava is relegated to a lesser place, it is natya nritya and where emotions are shown without any attempt to produce rasa, it is marga nritya.
(‘The story of lasya’ by Dr. Vibha Dadheech, Nartanam, Apr-July 2006)

Bharatanatyam dancer Savitha Sastry's performance has been featured in a BBC documentary titled 'Sex, Death, and the Gods', a film about the history of temple dancers in South India.

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