||The bayaderes (temple dancers) dazzled the French,
delighted the English and influenced some of the leading artists,
composers and choreographers of the 19th century. Austria also saw
Johann Strauss I (1804-1849) creating his "Indianer Galopp" under the
inspiration of the visiting devadasis. A galopp--named after a horse in a
hurry--is a ballroom dance which later evolved into the polka.
Similarly influenced, dance music composer Josef Franz Karl Lanner
(1801-1843) composed his "Malapou Galopp," a love-dance of the
Bayaderes. Both were well-received and are still extant. Further afield,
conspicuous, tangible outcomes of the long-term impact of the devadasis
included Gautier's massive ballet Sacountala (1858), choreographed by
Lucien Petipa (1815-1898) and Lucien's brother Marius Petipa’s
(1818-1910) highly spectacular ballet La Bayadere.
(‘1838: South Indian Dancers Tour Europe,’ Dr. Kusum Pant Joshi, Hinduism Today, Jan - March 2009)