Kalamandalam John is the first Christian to become a professional Kathakali dancer.

Lachchu Maharaj was acclaimed for the choreography of dance sequences in movies like Mahal, Mughal-e-Azam and Pakeezah.

Actress Rekha earned the rare distinction of being awarded the famous Uttar Pradesh Award for the best Kathak dancer in Hindi films, by the King of Kathak, Pandit Lachchu Maharaj.

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