Under the tutelage of their father, Bharatamuni’s sons became extremely proficient dancers but they were extremely haughty as well. They started performing dance items filled with vulgarity. This angered the Maharishis (the great ancient sages) immensely. Enraged, the latter cursed the former to be born on earth as ordinary mortals.
Later in the era, King Nahusha who had the freedom to visit the heavenly abode of the gods anytime he wanted, brought down Bharatamuni’s sons to earth. They begot children from women residing on earth and Natya Veda was trained to these children. Finally, after years of penance, Bharatamuni’s sons were released from their curse and returned to their heavenly abode. From amongst the descendants of Bharatmuni born on earth - Kohalan, Shandilyan and Dhathilan were the main characters who spread Natyaveda around the earth.
- The book (in Malayalam) 'Mohiniyattom-Charitravum Aataprakaravum' by the Mohiniyattam maestro (Late) Smt. Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttiyamma ( my Guru's Guru)