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 Hiranyakashipu’s wife.

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)

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