The can-can is regarded today primarily as a physically demanding music hall dance, performed by
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She had a brief dance career in the 1940s, before she step out at the age of sixteen, when he mother died and she was married to a conservative family. She returned to dance when in 1973, when noted art-patron, Y. G. Doraiswamy, who had seen her performances as a teen, asked to instruct dancer Alarmel Valli in abhinaya, to which she agreed, encouraged by her sons who had by now grown up. This started the second phase of her career after a gap of 30 years at the age of 46.