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Veena player R Kannan passed away on May 8, 2001 in Chennai.

Rajesh Kumar, son of mridangist Adyar Balu, Chennai passed away in a drowning accident in Payyanur, Kerala on May 13, 2001.

Dr. A S Raman, noted writer and former editor of the now defunct The Illustrated Weekly, India expired on June 24, 2001 in Chennai. Awarded the Padmasri in 2001, Raman also served as Dean, Faculty of Arts, Tamil University, Thanjavur among others.

The world-renowned dancer Anand Sivaram (86 years) died in his residence near Kochi on November 7, 2001. Son of late Guru Gopala Panicker, who had a traditional Kathakali troupe, he was one of the 4 students in the first batch of Kerala Kalamandalam. Louise Lightfoot took him from Kerala Kalamandalam, as one with the apt body shape for dancing. He retired 8 years ago, from the stage and has been living almost as a silent sage at home. He played a striking role in exposing the beauty of the body language, hidden inside the heavy costumes of Kathakali. His brother P K Devan is the director of See India Foundation at Kochi, presenting Kathakali to the tourists, every day in the evenings for the past 32 yrs.

Kalamandalam Natanam Gopalakrishnan, director of Kalasri School of Dance, passed away in Chennai on November 19, 2001 at the age of 73.

Bharatanatyam guru TS Kadirvelu Pillai passed away on November 22, 2001.

S Nataraja Mudaliar passed away in Chennai on November 30, 2001. Born in 1917, Nataraja Mudaliar and his late wife Shakuntala were a popular dancing duo known as Nataraj - Shakuntala. Inducted into dancing by E Krishna Iyer, they produced more than 25 dance dramas based on mythological and historical themes. They had trained the 500 dancers who participated in the legendary drum dance in the film 'Chandralekha' apart from being involved in other films.

Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Knight, daughter of the late Balasaraswati, passed away on December 23, 2001 at 12.30pm at her residence in Chennai.

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