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- This form of storytelling emerged from the Bhakti movement in South India between the 7th and 10th century. Performed in a dance-drama style, it blends together classical and folk dance with dialogue. Mostly, the stories are inspired from the Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata. The performance involves a Bhagvatha who acts as a storyteller introducing the story to the audience first. He is the key in the entire performance as he is responsible for holding the story together.