In December 1935, Rukmini Devi aged 31, gave her first public performance at the Adyar Theatre, Madras.

The temples constructed during the Pallava and Chola periods (from 7th to 11th century) with all their architectural grandeur and splendour, besides the music and dance associated with them, could have stimulated individuals' aspirations.

In the latter part of 19th century and early quarter of 20th century, dance art in India as a whole went into oblivion chiefly because of the British rule in India. Most of the art had died except for a dilute form called Sadir, which was a shadow of the original.

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