Balasaraswati’s grandmother’s grandmother, Kamakshiammal, danced and sang in the court of Tanjore.

Tirumukkudal Sundaramma, the mother of Chowdiah, the well known violinist of Mysore, was a reputed exponent of abhinaya.

The earliest reference in India to a great nata and natyacharya is recorded in an inscription of 8th century at the Virupaksha temple built by Lokamahadevi (the queen consort of Vikramaditya II to commemorate his third victory over the Pallavas of Kanchi) in Pattadakkal, Karnataka. He was Achalada, who was proficient in Natya Shastra tradition.
(‘Classical dance heritage of Karnataka’ edited by Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, chapter ‘Kolar Kittanna: The only Yajaman in the field of dance,’ Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, 2012)

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