||‘Sarabhendra Bhoopala Kuravanji’ was composed in praise of King Serfoji
of Thanjavur written by court poet Kottaiyur Sivakozhundu Desikar. For a
long time, the ‘Sarabhendra Bhoopala Kuravanji’ was considered a
property of Thanjavur palace and no one was permitted to perform it. It
was R.K Shanmugham Chetty, one time president of Tamil Isai Sangam who
had this stipulation removed. In 1950, the Tamil Isai Sangam produced it
in Madras with Balasaraswati playing the role of Kurathi.
(‘Bharatanatyam: Indian Classical Dance,’ Dr. Sunil Kothari)