|Ravana, the king of Lanka, sang and danced in praise of
Shiva, whom he reverently adored. Ravana also had women dancers attached
to his court, and one of them was so proficient in the art that even
while she slept, her limbs assumed some set configuration of the dance!
(‘Traditions of Indian classical dance,’ Mohan Khokar, chapter ‘Down the centuries’)
|The mor ka nach (dance of the peacock), patang nach (the kite dance) and
the qahar ka nach (the bearer’s dance) were considered essential items
in every nautch girl’s repertoire.
(‘The Nautch,’ Ally Adnan, The Friday Times, Aug 1, 2014)
|The dancing hall of the Veerabadra temple at Lepakshi has individual
pillars depicting life size figures of the divinities supported by
musical instruments as mentioned in Shivapradosha stotra for the dance
(‘Classical dance heritage of Karnataka’ edited by Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, chapter ‘Dance heritage of Karnataka,’ Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, 2012)