An amazing yet true phenomenon is that South Indian music, popularly known as Carnatic music is the single most important unifying factor of the entire south of India, comprising the four States - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
(‘Awaiting a new Margazhi dawn’ by Lakshmi Viswanathan, The Hindu, Jan 14, 2012)

Kuchipudi / Bharatanatyam dancer Rathna Kumar has acted in about 25 Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films as a child artiste.

Mani Madhava Chakyar was the first Koodiyattam exponent to receive the Padma Shri in 1974.

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