When Ragini Devi was invited to give a course of 10 lectures on Indian dance under the auspices of the University of London, it was the first course of its kind to be sponsored by an English university. (Preface, Dance Dialects of India by Ragini Devi)

All the senior gurus of Odissi were actor, dancer, comedian and musician – all in one, which interestingly is the trend of modern day theater.
('My homage to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra”, Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi, Nartanam Vol IV #2, Apr – June 2004)

Kathak guru Maya Rao has the distinction of being the first Indian lady to be nominated by the Govt of India, for the USSR Cultural Scholarship in Ballet Choreography and Stagecraft.

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