Mohammad Shah Rangila was the greatest pleasure loving Mughal emperor.  In his time, most of the aspiring dancing girls and courtesans in North India flocked to Delhi.  The most famous of them with direct access to the royal court was Nur Bai.  According to a contemporary account by Dargah Quli Khan, Nur Bai with her princely lifestyle held a pre-eminent position in Delhi. Riding an elephant and escorted by liveried soldiers, she would move about in the city with pomp and show as crowds would rush forward to catch a glimpse of her. Exceedingly beautiful and sophisticated, she was well versed in the art of conversation with gift of the repartee. Dignified in bearing, she provided intellectually stimulating company for her patrons. She was sought after by the nobility who showered her with costly presents to win her favour.  She conducted her mehfils in a royal style, for which her admirers were ready to pay any price.
('Famous dancing girls from the pages of Indian history' by Pran Nevile, The Asian Age, July 25, 2018)

The Kuchipudi Yakshaganam - one of the more dramatic and exuberant manifestations of the Kuchipudi repertoire - has been performed prolifically till late 20th century but rarely seen in recent times. This is a genre that has evolved more than a century ago, around 1880, through the artistic inputs of Chinta Venkataramayya, who is known as the Yakshagana Pitamaha in the collective memory of Kuchipudi practitioners. He is said to have created 8 Yakshaganas, not all of which are available today.
('Historic documentation of Kuchipudi Yakshaganam' by Madhavi Puranam, Nartanam, Apr - June 2016)

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