|Director Subrahmanyam (Padma Subrahmanyam’s father) made
the first black and white film ‘Prahlada’ in which Guru Gopinath played
the role of Hiranyakashipu and Thankamani played the role of
|From the records of Gunijankhana (place for the scholarly and
artistically gifted) of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, we learn that
there were 10 male Kathak dancers serving in the dance department.
Besides, there were 38 female singers and dancers, 20 sarangi players
and 16 pakhawaj players to accompany them.
(Kathak, Indian Classical Dance Art, Sunil Kothari, chapter ‘Jaipur gharana’)
|True to his name, Kshetrayya visited many holy places, and out of them,
Kanchi seems to have been where he stayed the most. Scholars dispute the
actual authorship of Padams he is credited with but among all lists,
the temple that he specifically mentions the most in 23 songs is the
Varadaraja temple at Kanchi. Perhaps it was because his name was
Varadayya as well!
(‘Speaks of sringara and devotion’ by Pradeep Chakravarthy, The Hindu Fri Review, Feb 13, 2015)