Jayappa Nayak of the royal Ayya dynasty wrote the Nritta Ratnavali, a valuable treatise on classical dancing in the 13th century, the classical Margi and popular Desi dance forms that existed at that time. Jayappa was a disciple of a great Brahman dance master Gundamatya and was well versed in theory and practice of dance. He built a temple at Chebrole in Divi taluq (district) and appointed 300 devadasis for temple service. (Dance Drama-Andhra & Tamilnad, Dance Dialects of India by Ragini Devi, p67)

Ammannoor Madhava Chakyar is an unrivalled maestro of the rare art form of Kudiyattam. His arangetram was at the Bhagavathy temple of Thirumandhamkundu at the age of 11. His first performance, considered as an important event for a chakyar, was in 1931 in Balivadham at the age of 13, at the Vadakkumnathan's koothambalam in Trichur.

Sangeeta Sudakaram was written by Haripala Deva, perhaps a Chalukyan king of the 14th century. The text claims that it was written at the request of the natas, nartakis and gayakas of the Srirangam temple. Out of the 6 chapters in the book, the first chapter is devoted to natya and the 4th one on rupakas and rasa. ("Textual Traditions in Dance: an overview" by P S R Appa Rao, Nartanam, Jan-Mar 2001)

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