Maria Christopher Byrski, a Polish student of Sanskrit drama, who later became Polish ambassador in India, learnt Koodiyattam from maestro Mani Madhava Chakyar. He was the first non Chakyar-Nambiar and foreign disciple of Koodiyattam.

The Sattriya dance is born of the dramatic tradition. Dances formed an indispensable part of the plays of Sankaradeva and his principal apostle Madhavadeva (1498 1586 AD) and other later disciples and apostles. Like the great composers of Carnatic music, Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva alone left behind a very large corpus of compositions, which are venerated as Bargits including those written for their 12 plays.

Kathak guru Pandit Tirath Ram Azad has performed in the film 'Jamuna Kinare' that was released in the 1960s.

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