Originally, ritual war dances were performed by tribes preparing to go into battle. The dances
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Kanak Rele is one of the most distinguished scholars of India. For the past 30 years she has ceaselessly strived to rejuvenate Mohiniattam of Kerala and for introducing new and richer dimensions to the field of academics and research in classical dancing through her institute Nalanda Dance Research Center which has been officially recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India.