Bhasa, who lived around the 2nd or 3rd century AD, wrote 13 plays of estimable quality, covering a wide spectrum of subject and character. In two of the plays – Balacharita and Pancharatra – he describes the Hallisaka dance. This was performed by boys and girls to the accompaniment of singing, on occasions like the king’s birthday or at festivals like Indrayajna and Dhanurmaha.
(‘Traditions of Indian Classical dance,’ Mohan Khokar, 1979, Chapter ‘Down the centuries’)

The sculptures of dancing Shiva, devis, dancing ganas and other celestials filled every possible part of the temple architecture during Chalukyan and Rashtrakuta periods from early 6th century to 10th century. Thus, the sculptures of this period are the living testimony of the fact that music and dance practiced in Karnataka during these centuries adhered to the classical form of Natya Sastra in its pure form, perfect in sculptural idiom and very expressive in content and themes.
(‘Classical dance heritage of Karnataka’ edited by Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, chapter ‘Dance heritage of Karnataka,’ Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, 2012)

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