Founded on July 1, 1891, Suguna Vilas Sabha in Chennai had certain tenets – its members had to be men and University graduates at that! The stage curtains featured the Senate House to indicate the educational status of the members. Men enacted all the female roles. Among the leading lights of the SVS was Rao Bahadur Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar, one of the original seven signatories to its founding.
(‘The dramatic SVS story’ by V Sriram)

The Indian Fine Arts Society was founded in Chennai in 1932 by B.V. Gopalkrishna Rao and violin vidwan T Chowdiah. When Chowdiah’s seven stringed violin did not receive a favorable response from the Music Academy, he formed the Indian Fine Arts Society with B.V. Gopalkrishna Rao who was a functionary of the Corporation of Madras.

Kathakali finds mention in several Malayalam short stories like ‘Karmen’ by N.S. Madhavan and novels like ‘Keshabharam’ by P.V. Sreevalsan. Even the Indo-Anglian work like Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’ has a chapter on Kathakali, while Anita Nair's novel ‘Mistress’ is entirely wrapped in the ethos of Kathakali.

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