It was Vadivelu Pillai (1810-1845) who popularised the use of Violin in Carnatic music. A scholar in Tamil and Telugu, Bharatanatyam exponent,vocalist, violinist and composer, Vadivelu Pillai delighted the ruler of Travancore, who presented to him an ivory violin in 1834 and even built him a house.
Chola Princess Kundavai was an historic name for a number of women of royal lineage connected with the Chola dynasty in southern India around the 10th century. She was the elder sister of Raja Raja Cholan I.
Old Tamil Inscriptions reveal that the Nattuvanars (Dance Masters) were appointed to teach the Chola Princess Kundavai a thousand years ago.
Recently, a 1,000-rupee silver commemorative coin issued by the Government of India to commemorate 1,000 years of the Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur which had always been serving as a platform for the dancers who excelled in the traditional dance form of Bharatnatyam.