Important among other Puranas, which make mention of dancing are the Brahmavaivarta, Skanda and Bhagavata. The Bhagavata Purana merits particular attention for it carries a singularly elaborate and vivid description of the pick of Krishna’s dances, the Rasa Lila.
- ‘Traditions of Indian Classical dance,’ Mohan Khokar, 1979, Chapter ‘Down the centuries’

An inscription of the 8th c AD describes in glorious terms a famous actor named Achalan. On the rear side of the pillar in the Virupaksha temple in Pattadakkal (Karnataka), there is an inscription consisting of 2 verses in praise of Achalada Bharata. Both a dancer and actor (nartaka and nata), he was well versed in the Natya Shastra and knew everything about the technique of drama and acting. The inscription shows the popularity of Bharata’s Natya Shastra in this region.
(‘Classical dance heritage of Karnataka’ edited by Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, chapter ‘Dance heritage of Karnataka,’ Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, 2012)

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