Bharatanatyam Guru Meenakshisundaram Pillai, the Pandanallur propitiator, was to be honoured for his amazing choreographies by the Raja of Ramnad, Shanmukha Rajeswara Sethupati. For the occasion, the guru thought it fit to present a special piece in praise of the Raja, and so choreographed a varnam in Vachaspati, which was presented by his disciple Pandanallur Jayalakshmi. While the Raja was impressed with the dance, he was even more impressed with the dancer. And, they were married.
(‘The king was captivated and…’ by Savitha Gautam, The Hindu Friday review, Oct 31, 2014)

Kathakali vocalist Sankaran Embranthiri (1944-2007), on several occasions, stopped the percussionists from playing as his unaccompanied voice embellished his bhava sangeetam.
(‘Making vocals versatile’ by KK Gopalakrishnan, The Hindu Friday review, Nov 14, 2014)

J. Jayalalithaa, several times Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, gave one of her earliest dance performances at Vani Mahal in Chennai, under the banner of ‘Oriental Dances.’

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