|G Venu was the first student from outside the Chakyar community to learn Kudiyattam from his guru Ammanur Madhava Chakyar.|
Pillai (1874 – 1960) was born on Oct 27, 1874 in the village of Kattumannarkoil
some 14 miles from Chidambaram. His sister Kannamba 3 years younger to
him, was offered as a devadasi to the Shiva temple in the village.
(“Lord's Servitor and Great Dance Master” by Mohan Khokar, page 16, Sruti, Issue 108, Sept 1993)
|In his drama Malavikagnimitram, poet Kalidasa has a contest between 2 rival dance masters of the royal court as the theme of a court scene.|