By starting Kalakshetra, Rukmini Devi not only revived dance and music, but also helped to preserve Indian native arts and craftsmanship. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in recognition of her services to Indian classical dance. She was instrumental in getting a bill passed to prevent cruelty to animals.

Srimanta Sankaradeva was called Sarvagunakar by his chief disciple Madhavadeva.

The Mayurbhanj Chhau is dedicated to Shiva as Bhairava and has been developed from martial exercises called 'Rookmal Naach' performed by Paikis with swords and shields.

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