The stone statuette of a male dancer from Harappa and the bronze figurine of dancing girl from Mohenjodaro reveal that the Indus Valley civilization had a well evolved dance culture stretching in all probabilities from its real life to its artefacts.

The sultan of Jogjakarta supports the daily performance of a leather puppet show of either Ramayana or Mahabharata in his Palace annexure. He also subsidizes the world's only daily performance of a dance ballet based on Ramayana, performed with the Prambanan towers as its backdrop. The highlight of the extraordinary show is that all the two hundred artistes are Muslims.

Achchan Maharaj, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachchhu Maharaj are the doyens of the Lucknow gharana.

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