In a Kathakali orchestra, the musicians traditionally stand behind the dancers.

The Indian Fine Arts Society was one of the earliest institutions to encourage women artistes. It was founded by the Telugu community in 1932, in Chennai.

The Tamil Isai Sabha in Chennai was founded in 1943 by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar to revive and popularize the Tamil compositions of Saivite and Vaishnavite saint composers.

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