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EARLY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE WORLD

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The 1940s and even the ’50s saw pioneers like Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, Madame Menaka, Rukmini Devi Arundale and Guru Gopinath start companies that toured the world with elaboratel­y mounted ballets, taking Indian dancing far and beyond. By the 1960s, however, ballet as a concept began to fade. Today, mostly government­funded institutio­ns like Kathak Kendra in New Delhi, Kalakshetr­a in Chennai and Kerala Kalamandal­am in Thrissur still stage such production­s.

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