Darshana Jhaveri and her sisters were the first non-Manipuris to perform at the Govindajee Palace Temple in Imphal, in 1958.

Veteran Koodiyattam performer Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri is the first person from a non-Chakyar community to enter the Koodiyattam stage.

Swathi Thirunal composed and authored verses in Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. He was a contemporary of the Carnatic music trinity of Thyagaraja, Shyama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar.

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