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The Impact of Television


Classical dancers were the harbingers of India’s rich performing arts traditions, aided by organisati­ons like the Sangeet Natak Akademi (1952) and the

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (1950). Their influence on popular imaginatio­n began to wane as Indians were exposed to new dance styles on television. It led practition­ers like Gopi Kishan, Kumudini

Lakhia and Birju Maharaj to choreograp­h for Hindi films.

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