Bharatanatyam dancer Kamala performed at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Kathakali legend, Padmashri Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair, was the first Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam.

Malathi Iyengar made her formal debut as a Bharatanatyam dancer at the age of 38 on Oct 9, 1992.

Madhavi, the dancing heroine of 'Silappadikaram', a descendant of the celestial dancer Urvashi, was presented after her 'arangetram' with a 'green leaf garland and 1008 kalanjus of gold which was the customary present given to dancers who held the 'Thalaikol' and exhibited their talents for the first time. The 'Thalaikol' was first bathed in the sacred waters and then taken in procession through the city in the temple car to the dance hall.

Baroda was the first place in North India where Bharatanatyam was performed and taught.

In 1980, BA in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam were introduced for the first time in Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Uma Rama Rao's student, dancer / choreographer Alekhya was the first to graduate from the Osmania University.

60-year-old Kuchipudi danseuse Uma Rama Rao finished her thesis on Yakshagana prabhandas of King Shahji in 1994, exactly 30 years after doing her MA. She won a gold medal for her work and became the first woman and only the second scholar to earn a doctorate in Kuchipudi.

On October 25, 1975, the postal department of India issued a set of 6 multi-colored stamps representing the 6 classical dance forms of India - Bharatanatyam in a 25p stamp, Odissi in a 50p stamp, Kathak on a 75p stamp, Manipuri in a Rs2 stamp, Kathakali in a 1Re stamp and Kuchipudi in a Rs.1.50 stamp. All the stamps show the traditional costumes of each dance.

Tiruvidaimaruthur K Kalyana Sundaram Pillai gave a dance performance at the tender age of 4 at the Sri Kumbeswaran Temple, Kumbakonam, on the Arudhra Darshanam day.
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