||On one occasion, Ponnaiyya Pillai, father of Kittappa Pillai, offered
Kandappa Pillai a challenge to test his laya expertise. He asked
Kandappa Pillai if the latter could choreograph his composition, a
sankeerna nadai jatiswaram in Poorvikalyani in a month and have it
performed by Bala. Kandappa not only accepted the challenge, he trained
Bala and got her to perform it within a week during her very next
recital. This jatiswaram is now a treasured part of Bala’s repertoire.
(Exhibition on Bala by Museum of Performing Arts (MOPA) Foundation at Music Academy, Chennai, Jan 2019)