|Shivarama kavi of Nellore who composed a work titled Rati Vilasam
mentions in the foreword of his work that King Shahji married Rupa Bai
of Telangana who belonged to a Pingali Reddy family. Thirty artistes
went with her to Thanjavur and along with them went several desi
traditions of the Telangana region.
(‘The Bhagavata traditions and Kuchipudi: The Telangana Connection’ by Anupama Kylash, Nartanam, Oct– Dec 2016)
|In the seventh chapter of Nritta Ratnavali, Jayappa discusses in detail
various aspects of Perini including the qualifications required for a
Perini dancer. The make-up prescribed by Jayappa for a Perini dancer is
that he should wear ornaments made of seashells or gold. He should apply
ash all over the body and set his hair upright. He should hold a dummy
cobra or a wand in one hand and chamaram in the other.
(‘Perini: A virile dance form’ by Gudipudi Srihari, Nartanam, Oct– Dec 2016)