2005
Selma Jeanne Cohen, Historian of Dance, passed away on December 23, 2005 at the age of 85, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. She is known for her achievement in editing of the comprehensive The International Encyclopedia of Dance. It was published in 1998 for Oxford University Press, after nearly 2 decades of work on it. In 1959, Cohen, A. J Pischl and Sheppard Black found Dance Perspectives, a journal dedicated to monographs on various aspects of world dance. After it ceased publication in 1976, the Dance Perspectives Foundation, which she had established, continued to award an annual prize for the best dance book of the year.

Bhubaneswar based journalist Bibhuti Mishra passed away at the age of 45, on November 29, 2005 following a massive heart attack. He was a well known art critic, connected with various cultural organizations and newspapers.

Jaya Krishnaratnam passed away on Thursday morning, November 10, 2005, in northern California where she had made her home with her daughter Nalini for more than twenty years. She was once a singer who accompanied many Kalakshetra performances along with the late Kamala Rani, singing for Rukmini Devi's own performances as well as for the new dance-dramas that sprang from her most gifted imagination and became manifest on the stage, and still delight us today.
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Renowned Carnatic musician and composer Madurai N Krishnan, age 77, passed away in hospital in the early hours of Sunday October 9, 2005. His end came at the culmination of 2 years of illness brought upon by kidney ailments.
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Legendary Sri Lankan Kandyan Dancer Chitrasena died on July 18, 2005 at the age of 84. He was cremated in the evening at the Borella cemetery according to his wish. It was strictly a private funeral in the presence of his closest relations. He is survived by his wife Vajira, his daughters Upekha and Anjalike, and son Anudattha.
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T T Vasu passed away on May 11, 2005 at Chennai after a brief illness, at age 76. He was the president of Music Academy, Chennai, from 1983 and was well known for his contribution to the arts in Tamilnadu.

Sachin Shankar, director of the Sachin Shankar Ballet Unit, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 81 on May 10, 2005.
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Born on November 13, 1925, dancer, singer and actor Surya Kumari passed away on April 25, 2005 at 79 years of age.

Guru K N Dakshinamoorthy Pillai, the great nattuvunar, teacher, choreographer and percussionist and the keeper of the Dandayudhapani Pillai Bani tradition, passed away on the night of April 25th in New Delhi after a brief illness. He was 77 years old. President of Natyakalalayam, Dakshinamoorthy Pillai was the younger brother of the late K N Dandayudhapani Pillai. He was associated with several leading dancers, among them Yamini Krishnamurthi, Sonal Mansingh, Hema Rajagopal, Swapnasundari and Geeta Chandran. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. During his lifetime, he trained several hundred students in the art of Bharatanatyam, conducted hundreds of performances, and inspired his students.
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Anandi Ramachandran passed away in Chennai on March 16, 2005. She was 71. Daughter of late Tamil scholar Kalki Krishnamurthy, Anandi was a well known musicologist, Tamil writer, and Bharatanatyam teacher of the Kalakshetra bani. Her daughter Gowri Ramnarayan is an art critic and writer for The Hindu.

Bharatanatyam guru U S Krishna Rao passed away at 8:38am in Bangalore on March 6, 2005. He was 92 and is survived by two sons. U S Krishna Rao was a dancer, choreographer, renowned teacher and author of books on dance.
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Dancer Kanchana Sharma, disciple of Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, passed away on March 6, 2005 at Chennai. She was 56.

Bharatanatyam guru T K Narayan, founder of Academy of Bharatanatyam in 1948, passed away on March 2, 2005 at the age of 82. He was a close associate of dancer Ram Gopal and was a former Principal of the Govt College of Music and Dance, Hyderabad.