Pt Birju Maharaj has choreographed songs in films Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas. He is the winner of the National Award for Best Choreography (2013) for choreographing the song Unnai Kaanadhu Naan, which features Kamal Haasan performing Kathak in his multilingual film ‘Vishwaroopam.’

Rabindranath Tagore described Kathak artiste Sitara Devi as ‘Nritya Samragini’ meaning the empress of dance, after watching her performance when she was just 16 years old.

President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a scholar and Kuchipudi aficionado, who not only knew the nuances and theory of the dance form, but could also sing many of the Kuchipudi songs from memory.

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