Kathak guru Lachhu Maharaj of the Lucknow gharana, choreographed dance sequences in several classic Hindi films like 'Teesri Kasam', 'Mughal-e-Azam' and 'Pakeeza'.

India born astronaut Kalpana Chawla learnt Bharatanatyam from 1992 to '94 at the San Jose based Abhinaya Dance Company before joining NASA. She was one of 7 astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia, which crashed on Feb 1, 2003, minutes before landing.

Adept in playing the flute, tabla and harmonium, Bharatanatyam guru U S Krishna Rao has trained numerous musicians for dance, both vocalists and instrumentalists.

Auguste Rodin, the famous French sculptor, described the dance posture of Shiva as the perfect embodiment of rhythmic movement.

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