Odissi dancer Nityananda Das who lost his entire right leg in an accident in June 2000 was bedridden for 1 ½ years after that. With encouragement from his brother and guru Bimbadhar Das (his disciple since 1991), Das started dancing again on one leg. After a gap of 5 years, he gave his first comeback performance end of May 2005. It was a 20 minute piece and people could not believe he had only one leg. He has been inspired by Sudha Chandran who started dancing again after being fitted with an artificial leg.

The Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's Saravati Mahal Library has one of the largest collections of manuscripts in India, which was even noted by the Encyclopedia Britannica. A 19.73 meter scroll, accounts meticulous details of the 1787 grant of Tulaja II of 286 acres, measured with a 14 foot stick to several families of the Melattur Bhagavathamela troupe.
('Leaves from the past" by Pradeep Chakravarthy, the Hindu, July 15, 2005)

The Saravati Mahal Library at Thanjavur is a rich mine of information. Several manuscripts relating to music, dance and drama are during Shahaji's reign (1684-1712). He seems to have been a prolific composer of padams, both philosophical and on sringara rasa. It appears that Thanjavur bags the credit for the first Marathi dance dramas.
('Leaves from the past" by Pradeep Chakravarthy, the Hindu, July 15, 2005)

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN) presented the launch of BEYOND DESTINY- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SUBBUDU (The Biography of India's eminent performing arts critic PV Subramaniam), published under Bhavan's Book University and authored by Lada Guruden Singh. Neena Ranjan (Secretary to GOI, Culture) received the first copy from C R Gharekhan (Vice Chairperson, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra) on August 17, 2005 at India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi.

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