|Reputed dancers of the past such as Ragini Devi, Santha
Rao and Kalyanikutty Amma trained under Kathakali maestro Pattikkamthodi
|The Brahmeswar temple inscription clearly states that Kalavati Devi
(10th c AD), mother of the last king of the Keshari dynasty, Udyat
Keshari, dedicated beautiful dancing girls to serve Lord Shiva.
(‘Maharis: the temple dancers of Orissa’ by Aloka Kanungo, Nartanam, Apr-July 2006)
|When a lovelorn heroine, burnt in desire, expresses herself in song at a place, it is called sthita pathya.
(‘The story of lasya’ by Dr. Vibha Dadheech, Nartanam, Apr-July 2006)