Nautch is an Indian word used in several languages of North India for dance. It indicates several forms of popular dancing styles by young girls, generally called the Nautch girls. The culture of the performing art of Nautch rose to prominence during the later period of Mughal Empire, and the Company Rule.

Maharaja Swati Thirunal was known as Garbha Seeman. He was a junior contemporary of the Carnatic music trinity and a prolific composer even though his life span was a mere 32 years. No concert today is complete without including one or two of his compositions.

Indian classical music diversified into two systems, namely Carnatic and Hindustani, after the Muslim invasion of India around the 13th and 14th century AD.

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