Veeranatyam, also known as Veerabhadranatyam, began as a ritual in honor of Lord Shiva and was performed in all Siva or Veerabhadra temples. Veerabhadra, the destroyer of Daksha’s sacrifices, is said to be the originator of this dance. It is also said that Shiva’s first wife Sati Devi was outraged and humiliated and Lord Shiva was angered at this and the dance that he performed out of the outrage is called Veeranatyam. Veeranatyam is performed by Viramushtis, Jangams, Balijas and Devanga communities of the Veerasaiva cult during the festivals in Veerabhadreswara temples at Koravi and Kotappakonda (in Andhra).
('Folk dances of Telangana' by Vakulabharanam Lalitha, Nartanam, Oct-Dec 2016)

During the 11th and 12th centuries under Kakatiya kingdom, Perini dance got enormous state support because of Jayappa. He was the brother-in-law of the emperor Ganapati Deva. After recognizing Jayappa's interest and involvement in fine arts, Ganapati Deva sent him for training in music and dance under Gundayamatya. The history of Kakatiya kingdom informs us that as a mark of respect towards Ganapati Deva, Jayappa scripted Nritta Ratnavali, Geeta Ratnavali and Vadya Ratnavali and dedicated them to him.
('Perini Panchangas: Reconstructions by Nataraja Ramakrishna' by Kala Krishna, Nartanam, Oct-Dec 2016)

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