Kalamandalam Gopi was the first disciple of Kathakali maestro Padmanabhan Nair at Kerala Kalamandalam.

Mira Kaushik, director of London based Akademi, is the first Indian woman to have received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England.

Mahatma Gandhi enjoyed watching Chhau dance because it erased class and caste divisions of society. The dancers come from the upper castes as well as from the tribal communities. ('Magic with masks' by Shalini Umachandran, The Hindu, Chennai, Oct 1, 2003)

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