Formalized ritual and ceremonial dances in which the dancing priest-king represented the person of a god or the servant and regenerator of his people were practiced in Egypt. These dances, culminating in ceremonies representing the death and rebirth of the god Osiris, became more and more complex, and ultimately they could be executed only by specially trained dancers.

It is said that with the origin of Kerala, when the 'Tantris' were brought for conducting religious rituals, two Chakyars also accompanied them and settled down in Kerala. The Potiyil and Ammannur family seem to have been the descendants of these original settlers.
('Kudiyattam in temples' by Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Nartanam, May - Aug 2008)

Chatura Damodara alias Haribhatta, who hailed from Andhra, composed the Sangitadarpanam about 1620 AD. In it, he had recorded the contemporary practice of dance in the Andhra region. His son Anantha, alias Veda, wrote the Sangitamakaranda, a treatise on music and dance and dedicated it to his patron Shahaji who ruled Tanjore from 1684 to 1712 AD. He depicted the dance practice prevailing in the Tamilnadu of his days.
(Nartanam, Vol II #3, july sept 2002, "The Bandha Dance" by Dr. R Satyanarayana, p 56/57)

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