The foundation for the present Music Academy building was laid by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister on Oct 5, 1955. The ceremony was followed by a concert by M S Subbulakshmi in aid of the Academy's Building Fund.

Anna Lopatowska, an actress from Poland, is the first foreign woman to learn Koodiyattam.
(K K Gopalkrishnan in 'Passion for Koodiyattam,' The Hindu, Nov 13, 2005).

Actress Waheeda Rehman gave her maiden performance at Vani Mahal (Chennai) long before becoming an actress.
('The inauguration of Vani Mahal' by V Sriram, The Hindu, Nov 18, 2005)

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