Ragini Devi and Thangamani (who married Gopinath) were Kalyani Amma's first students for Mohiniattam at Kalamandalam.

Sonal Mansingh performed Odissi in Madras (south India) in 1969 for the first time. She gave about 8 performances, which were attended by luminaries like Rukmini Devi and M S Subbalakshmi.

Kelucharan Mohapatra took to dancing at the age of 5. He did acting, singing, creating stage sets, rolling bidis and worked as a makeup man before he went on to popularize Odissi dance.

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