Odissi dancer Indrani Rehman won the Miss India pageant in 1952. Bharatanatyam dancer Vani Ganapthy was Teen Miss India in 1970. Bharatanatyam dancer Chitra Sundaram was first runner up in Miss India pageant in 1971. Kuchipudi dancer Sarala Kumari won the Miss Andhra Pradesh title in a beauty contest in 1983. 

Lufthansa flew plane loads of carnations for Pina Bausch’s performance of ‘Nelken’ in India in 1984.

In the Hindi film ‘Prince’ (1969), Vyjayanthimala Bali performed Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Kathakali in the respective costumes for the song “Muqabla hum se na karo” with Helen.

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