Meri whose real name was Russel Merriweather Hughes, wrote a book on dance
in which she interpreted the Chidambaram Karanas. Her collection of books
and memorabilia has been acquired by the Indira Gandhi National Center
for the Arts, Delhi. When made accessible to researchers, this material
would provide valuable information on La Meri's sojourn in India and about
Indian classical dance in the 1930's.
("Ram Gopal: Interview" by Sunil Kothari, p 26, Nartanam Vol III, #4, Oct-Dec 2003)
Bolland is, perhaps, the only person to have a collection of Kathakali
performances from the 1950s to the 1970s. These are preserved in a specially
built studio adjacent to his house. His house in Brent Knoll in Somerset
is called 'Malabar'. He is perhaps the only person who has a film clipping
of the legendary guru Kunju Kurup (1881 - 1970). Bolland has made an hour
long video film "The genius of Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair" incorporating
clippings from his Kathakali films from 1950-1983.
("Record of art" by K K Gopalakrishnan, The Hindu, Aug 8, 2004)
temple sculpture in Kerala and the frescoes in the Padmanabhaswami and
Mattancheri temple provide evidence of the fact that the basic Kathakali
positions employed today were established by the 16th Century.
(Kapila Vatsyayan - Indian Classical Dance - chapter 'Kathakali').