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DR.PAPPU VENUGOPAL RAO passed away on April 7, 2024. Born on 30 June 1948, he was a well-known Indian educationist and musicologist. He specialized in Telugu and Sanskrit literature. He has written on varied subjects such as music, culture and spirituality. Dr Rao had three masters in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, a PhD in Sanskrit and Telugu and D.Litt in Indology. He worked with the American Institute of Indian Studies from 1978-2010 and retired as Associate Director General. He was a committee member of the Music Academy Chennai for two decades and also one of its Secretaries.
He has translated five volumes of Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini. The SVBC TV channel of Tirupathi produced and telecast a program entitled Annamayya Samkeertanarchana, with compositions of Annamacharya in 52 episodes each of 30 minutes duration with Dr.Rao’s detailed live commentary for all the 150 compositions and Dr.Balamurali Krishna’s lyrical guidance.

Dr.C Radhakrishna
Dr.C Radhakrishna, last of the nattuvanars from traditional Naidu families of Karnataka, who propagated the Kolar Sampradaya of Karnataka Nritya Parampara (Mysore school of Bharatanatyam), passed away on 30th March 2024 after a brief illness. He was 96 years old. He has left a worthy legacy of his relentless work of 80 years to the field of Bharatanatyam.

Traditional Manipuri dance GURU SAGOLSHEM KIRTI SINGH expired on 6th March 2024 at his residence. He joined Banasthali Vidyapith as Guru and Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy as a visiting Guru. He became one of the founder members and Asst. Guru of Progressive Artiste Laboratory. As a dancer, he played many roles in dance drama productions of Progressive Artiste Laboratory. As dance Guru, he mentored more than 30 students of classical Manipuri dance in Manipur and Bangladesh. As Raasdhari, he conducted numerous Raas Lilas organised by PAL, JNMDA, NGOs of Bangladesh and the government of Manipur. He received the Manipur State Kala Akademi Award in 2013.

Young Bharatanatyam (an alumnus of Kalakshetra) and Kuchipudi (disciple of Guru Vempati Chinna Sathyam and Srimayi Venkat) dancer AMARNATH GHOSH was shot multiple times on 27th February 2024, when he was said to be taking an evening walk in the St Louis Academy where he was pursuing higher studies. He was about 34.

Film director and screen writer KUMAR SHAHANI, whose complex and deeply-layered works such as Maya Darpan, Tarang, Khayal Gatha and Char Adhyay enriched and expanded the creative language of arthouse cinema, passed away at a Kolkata hospital on February 24, 2024. He was 83. Khayal Gatha (1989) explored the classical music form using legends, poetry and dance featuring Pt Birju Maharaj.  Bhavantarana (1991) is a documentary on Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and received the National Film Award for best biographical film, and Alarmel Valli featured in Bamboo Flute (2000).


Emma Gladstone
Emma Gladstone, dancer and former artistic director of Dance Umbrella, passed away at the age of 63 on January 22, 2024.

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