When he was quite young, dancer Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury played the title role in the film ‘Varzan’ (Indian version of Tarzan). His cheeks had to be stuffed with cotton balls to make him look fatter.

Swati Thirunal was a great scholar, writer and composer proficient in 18 languages including Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Persian and English, besides Malayalam.

Some Devadasis were named after saints, while others were given the title Talaikkoli to denote that they were experts in dance. There were even instances of kings being so pleased with their dance so as to name a village after a Devadasi.
(Lakshmi Vishwanathan, ‘Women of Pride: The Devadasi Heritage’).

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