The Natyanjali circuit can be a very punishing one.
The 35-member group of guru Sheela Unnikrishnan started their first recital at about 6.30 pm one day and went to sleep at 4 am, after four recitals on the trot in one night.
And as they ended the last, they got a call from the Natyanjali team at Gangaikondacholapuram, asking if the group could perform at that heritage site.
Groups like that of Sheela work on a well-oiled machine and can carry off their shows under pressure.
They look like professionals when they arrive at a venue. But there will be people who will argue that children must not be stretched.