In 1931, E Krishna Iyer presented 2 celebrated devadasis, Jeevaratnam and Rajalakshmi (Kalyani daughters), at the annual Music Academy conference. Few turned up as it was considered indelicate to watch a Bharatanatyam performance.

In 1936, International Academy of the Arts was founded in Adyar on Jan 6, 1936 by Rukmini Devi. It was later renamed Kalakshetra.

Devadasis reached height of glory under Chola kings between 9th and 12th centuries AD.

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