Carnatic musician M S Subbalakshmi, known popularly as the 'Nightingale of India,' passed away on December 11, 2004 at Chennai, India.

Damayanti Joshi, one of the legends of Kathak, passed away on 19th September 2004 at her Mumbai residence after a long protracted period of illness.

Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and choreographer Krishnaveni Lakshmanan passed away at 62 years of age, in Chennai on Sunday 29th August 2004 at 5.45am. She was suffering from cancer. She joined Kalakshetra, Chennai at the age of 5 and was a principal dancer in many of the Kalakshetra productions choreographed by Rukmini Devi. She taught at Kalakshetra and also served as Principal. She received many awards including the Nritya Choodamani, Kalaimamani, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Rukmini Devi Medal, instituted by the Centre for Creative Dance in December 2003.
Krishnaveni – my stage partner for almost two decades - V P Dhananjayan

Krishnaveni – my childhood friend - Shanta Dhananjayan

Born in 1925 in Kuchipudi village, Kuchipudi exponent Pasumarthi Krishnamurthy passed away in August 2004. He has choreographed for many popular Telugu films.

Noted Kathakali dancer and choreographer K Chellappan passed away on August 10, 2004 at Kottayam, Kerala. He was 92. Chellappan was a student of his uncle and legendary choreographer Guru Gopinath.

Bharatanatyam guru Vazhuvoor R Samraj, aged 66, passed away in Chennai on July 17, 2004. He was the son of noted guru Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai.

M A Narasimhachar, senior musician from Bangalore, passed away on the 7th of July. He was the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for the year 2003. His student / daughter-in-law Ranjini Jayasimha, a Bharatanatyam dancer based in Singapore, can be contacted at jayasimha@pacific.net.sg

Malaysia based Bharathanatyam vocalist Padma Subramaniam passed away on June 13, 2004. She was 56.
Prof. V Subramaniam, Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, passed away in Chennai at the Sri Ramachandra Hospital on May 28, 2004. Cremation takes place on Wednesday June 2, 2004 at 3.30pm at Kannammapet electric crematorium, T Nagar. Prof. Subramaniam has rendered significant service to Buddhism, as well as Indian music and dance, through the many dance-dramas he has composed on Buddhist themes over the last 25 years. These encompass about 700 songs, which he has himself composed and set to music. Prof. Subramaniam is the first composer of dance-drama in Carnatic music on Buddhist themes. It was a revelation for people since Buddhist themes were usually not done in Bharatanatyam.
Legendary Odissi dancer and guru Kelucharan Mohapatra passed away at Care Hospital, Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday April 7, 2004. He was 78.
Dance patron and promoter Rupa Lal, of Natya Ballet Centre, Delhi passed away on January 8, 2004.
S P Subramanian, the eminent writer and author of several books passed away suddenly on Monday, January 4, 2004 around 4pm at his residence at Vashi, a suburb of Mumbai.