Dance became an important element in the entertainment package in the days of silent films when hall managers organised live dance performances on the stage during the frequent breaks.
- Stephen P. Hughes
(In ‘South India’s day’ by S Theodore Baskaran, Frontline, July 12, 2013)

Rukmini Devi’s dance featured in the Tamil film ‘Raja Desingu’ (1937) and was advertised as one of its high points.

Sisters Sai and Subbulakshmi performed dance sequences choreographed by Bharatanatyam guru Muthusamy Pillai in films ‘Malaikallan’ and ‘Ratha Kanneer’ that were released in 1954.

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