A major part of Tamil performing arts is its classical form of dance, the Bharatanatyam, whereas the popular forms are known as Koothu.
Classical Tamil music is dominated by the Carnatic genre, while gaana and dappan koothu are also popular genres.
A third inscription in Kanheri Caves refers to a Dhamila-gharini (Tamil house-holder).
In the Buddhist Jataka story known as Akiti Jataka there is a mention to Damila-rattha (Tamil dynasty).
The Chola dynasty successfully invaded several areas in southeast Asia, including the powerful Srivijaya and the Malay city-state of Kedah.
Pallava traders and religious leaders travelled to Southeast Asia and played an important role in the cultural Indianisation of the region.
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