In the Kumbakonam Sarangapani temple, each karana is labeled. In the Chidambaram temple sculptures (13th century), the verse of each karana as given by Bharata is also inscribed in grantha and Sanskrit. The Kamikagama followed widely in Tamil Nadu specifies that dance as codified by Bharata should be danced in temples, and also prescribes the duration of the dances for different times of the day.
(Dr. R Nagaswamy, in 'Legal document in stone' by Suganthy Krishnamachari, The Hindu Friday Review, Sept 17, 2010)

There are karana sculptures in the Nataraja temple in Chidambaram and Sarangapani temple in Kumbakonam. If the karanas in the Brihadeeswara temple portrayed one part of the movement of dance, the Chidambaram temple portrayed another and the Sarangapani temple depicted yet another, says Padma Subrahmanyam, who earned her Ph.D. for her dissertation on the karana sculptures in these three temples.
('How karana sculptures in Big Temple were discovered' by TS Subramanian, The Hindu, Sept 24, 2010)

Many ancient dance traditions are still followed by Kerala, according to Dr. R Nagaswamy, former director, Department of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu.

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