In the temple of dance in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, the karanas of Bharata's Natya Sastra are fully illustrated in stone. The dancing figures in this temple are the finest examples of sculpture in South India.

Kuchipudi was first taken to Bombay in 1955 and it was represented by 2 girls from Andhra called Mohana and Sumanthi. In Delhi, the first exposure was at The National Dance Festival in December 1955 where Venkatrama Natya Mandali represented by 7 girls and a boy - all under 12 years of age - performed a traditional play and an assortment of dances.

In 1948 January in Madras, the local Andhra community held a function to honor 68-year-old Vedantam Lakshminarayana Sastri. He was presented a carved golden bracelet 'Simhatalatumu'. No Kuchipudi play was staged, but a lady called Samarajyam gave a rendering of 'Balagopala Tarangam'. This became the first occasion for a woman to perform Kuchipudi on a public platform.

The sculptures in the mandapam of the Tribhuvanam temple in Tamilnadu depict various postures in Bharatanatyam.
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