Legend has it that the beautiful structure of Tillon ki Prol in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, was constructed by a nautch girl called Tillon. To prevent it from being pulled down by the outraged king, Tillon put up a statue of Lord Krishna atop the gate.

In the Nalayira Divyaprabandham, Lord Krishna is referred to as 'Kudamadu Koothan,' suggesting that Krishna danced with a pot on his head.

Since Kathakali had an extensive literature of its own and formed an important sector of Malayalam heritage, early mentions of its history were recorded in books of Malayalam literary history, one such being P Govinda Pillai's "Survey of the History of Malayalam Literature" published in 1880.

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