Yamini Krishnamurti, who was already studying western music, first came to Kalakshetra as a teenager to study Indian music on the violin. Rukmini Devi who was convinced that Yamini had all the attributes of a good dancer, persuaded her to learn Bharatanatyam.

Ananda Shankar, son of Uday and Amala Shankar, won the best music director award for Mrinal Sen's film “Chorus”.

Ted Shawn came to be acknowledged as the Father of Modern American Dance because of his unmatched efforts and contribution. Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, who were the key figures representing the growth and evolution of modern dance in America, were initially products of the Shawn system.

After a certain age, Ted Shawn, who was often described as the First Gentleman of American Dance, chose to be addressed by the Indian term “Papaji” by those nearest to his heart.

Ted Shawn was the first American male dancer ever to be listed in Who's Who in America.
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