It is said that in the 12th century, King Chodaganga Deva established seven colonies for temple servants adjacent to the Jagannath temple in Puri, and the place allotted to the Maharis was known as ‘Anga Alasa Patna’ (place of bodily gestures).
(Dance Dialects of India, Ragini Devi, chapter ‘Orissi dance: Plastic movements and repertoire’)

Lakshmi Viswanathan’s Guru Kanjeevaram Ellappa had composed a beautiful jathi korvai as an opening to “Natanam Adinar.” It was indeed special to perform this dance in the thousand pillared Mandapam during the very first Natyanjali held in Chidambaram. Just as she began the charanam, "Ashta disaiyum gidugidanga Seshan thalai nadunga" (the eight directions of the universe reverberating, with the snake’s head trembling), the Chidambaram skies saw lightning and thunder. A coincidence indeed!
(‘Magic in the air,’ Lakshmi Viswanathan, The Hindu Friday Review, April 24, 2015)

In an early 19th century account, Captain Mundy describes a splendid nautch party held in honour of the Commander-in-Chief by the company’s political agent, Captain Wade in Ludhiana where 46 nautch girls entertained the guests, only to be surpassed by the British Resident at Delhi who honoured the Commander-in-Chief with a performance by 100 nautch girls. The nautch became a common form of entertainment in the mansions of the English merchants turned rulers in Bengal and other parts of India.
(‘Nautch girls: Sahibs danced to their tune,’ Pran Nevile, The Tribune, July 25, 2004)

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