Jayshree Nair, the director of Mumbai based Upasana Academy has the credit of having choreographed the Ramayana exclusively for the handicapped and hearing impaired.

A seminar on the Sattariya dance form organised by the Department of cultural affairs of Assam and the Central Sangeet Natak Academy in Guwahati, after four days of deliberations has come to the conclusion that the Sattariya dance form falls into the classical dance category.

Merce Cunningham gave the New York Public Library his entire archives, a seven-decade chronicle encompassing everything from choreographic ideas written on the back of grocery lists to 6,000 hours of film and video footage.The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection, currently housed in the foundation's Downtown headquarters at 55 Bethune Street, will eventually reside in the library's Dance Collection, at Lincoln Center.In addition to the film and video footage, the collection also includes news clippings from the 1930s to the present, 4,000 sheets of notes, 1,000 photographic stills, 200 hours of sound recordings, and thousands of computer files.

The Martha Graham Company dramatically suspended operations in late May 2000. The Graham board suspended operations of the company, junior company and school, cancelling upcoming engagements in venues including the American Dance Festival and the Kennedy Center. Acting board chairman Francis Mason insisted the company would incur $500,000 in accumulated debt if it continued operations.

Canadian dancer Jai Govinda’s real name is Benoit Villeneuve.

The great Kattumannarkoil Muthukumara Pillai spotted the talent of M K Saroja and her sister Selvamani who hailed from a traditional Mudaliar family, took them under his wing and groomed them in the art of Bharatanatyam.

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