|Uday Shankar had no male dancer in his troupe till 1935,
when he brought Kathakali dancer Madhavan from south India. Madhavan
did tribal or warrior roles.
|The Jain Canons, which were compiled between the 4th century BC and 5th
century AD provide interesting material on dance. Adinatha, also known
as Rishaba, the earliest spiritual head of the Jains, apparently saw the
performance of a dancing girl from Indra’s court and this so impressed
him, it is stated that he determined to find his way to heaven.
(‘Traditions of Indian classical dance,’ Mohan Khokar, chapter ‘Down the centuries’)