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Dashrath Patel, painter, photographer, close associate of Chandralekha, passed away at Ahmedabad on December 1, 2010.

Artist Gul Bardhan, passed away at Bhopal. The obit from E-Rang theatre journal sums up her life.
Choreographer and theatre personality Gul Bardhan, who led the Little Ballet Troupe, Bhopal, passed away on November 29, 2010. She was 82 years old. A Padma Shri awardee, Bardhan founded the Ranga Sri Little Ballet Troupe in 1952 along with her husband Shanti Bardhan. Shanti Bardhan pioneered this form of ballet in India which used human puppets, masks, dance, movement, and music as part of one performance - a form he inherited from the legendary Uday Shankar. In 1954, Shanti Bardhan died and Gul Bardhan led the troupe forward. The group has a repertory of 36 full length ballets and a number of smaller pieces like Seraikalla Chhau, and Mayurbhanj Chau. India Immortal, Uttar Priyadarshi, Mahabharata etc include the ballets she had choreographed. She had edited a book 'Rhythm Incarnate' (published by Abhinav Publications, New Delhi) profiling Shanti Bardhan, her late husband and Guru. e-Rang salutes her immense and consistent contribution to Indian theatre.

Krishnattam exponent Krishnankutty Nair passed away on November 26, 2010.

Arts administrator James Murdoch Born died in Bali on October 25, 2010. He was 80.
He was born on January 25, 1930 in Sydney, Australia. After he moved to Bali, he mentored many talented musicians and dancers including Ramli Ibrahim and was involved in documenting the region's musical history. A truly wonderful man, he is an example to show that non Asians were also huge patrons of Asian art and dance.

Renowned Bharatanatyam Guru Shankar Hombal, founder of Kalapadma in Bhopal, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2010. He was a Kalakshetra alumni (1954 to 60). His son Prof. Premchand, also a Kalakshetra graduate, is HOD Benaras University (Performing Arts department).

One of the foremost exponents of Odissi and mardala and the Founder-Director of Konark Natya Mandap (in Konark) and Orissa Dance Academy (in Bhubaneswar), Guru Gangadhar Pradhan passed away on October 11, 2010 at 2.30am in Bhubaneswar. He was 62. He had been undergoing treatment in Apollo Hospital for a week after cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma following a brain hemorrhage.
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan's training began at the age of six at Balunkeswar temple in Puri District, Orissa to mature as a gotipua dancer. He was trained by Gurus Banchhanidhi Pradhan, Pt. Chandra Shekhar Pattnaik, Mahadeva Rout and Birabara Sahoo. He completed his Natya Acharya course in Odissi from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyala. He received further training in Odissi under the able guidance of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Deba Prasad Das, Dr. Minati Mishra and Dhirendra Nath Pattnaik. He mastered the delicate nuances and the subtleties of the Odissi dance form from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
He founded the Konark Natya Mandap in 1986, with the aim to make Konark a centre to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Orissa. Guruji has trained hundreds of Indian and foreign students in Odissi and other regional dance forms. He received the State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1993), Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1998), Padma Shri (2008) and was a visiting faculty at Cornell University, USA. He was at the helm of Dhauli Festival, Kalinga Kala Utsav, Odissi Sandhya and his annual Konark Dance and Music Festival now into its 25th year.
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan is survived by his wife, 3 daughters and son Shibashish.

Our Guru Shradha family is saddened with the loss of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, such a significant person in the Indian dance community. Our sincerest condolences and prayers to the family. May his soul rest in peace.
- Niharika Mohanty (Director), Ratikant Mohapatra (Key Advisor), Sujata Mohapatra (Artistic Director) and the Guru Shradha Family
(Oct 11, 2010)
The demise of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan is sad news. He is indeed a loss not only to the Odissi community but to the entire dance family. Our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family from Guru Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam and the entire Kuchipudi dance community. As a mark of respect to Guruji, our institutions Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai and Kuchipudi Kalakshetra, Visakhapatnam, declared a two day holiday from 11th to 12th Oct.
- Venkat Vempati

Eminent theater director and scenographer Mithran Devanesen (born on May 2, 1949) passed away in Chennai on August 9, 2010 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 61. Blessed with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, he remained cheerful and hardworking till his end. His was a life devoted to philanthropy and the stage. He joined the Madras Players in 1974 and went on to become one of India's top English Theatre directors and internationally as a dance lighting designer. He brought theatrical lighting into dance and has lit the stage for dancers Anita Ratnam, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Sudharani Raghupathy and Lata Pada to name a few.
"In Mithran's passing, I have lost a friend and collaborator of more than 20 years. His humour, love of life and all good things, his fund of jokes and wonderful sense of visual design enhanced so many of my dance and theatre works from PURUSH to MA3KA.My condolences to his wife Nanda and his two daughters, and grandchildren. But most of all, my heart goes out to his remarkable 95 year old mother Mrs. Devanesen who has been a rock of inspiration but whose greatest sorrow must be to see her son pass on before his time and before hers."
- Anita Ratnam

Veteran Kathakali actor Kottakkal Sivaraman passed away on July 19, 2010 at his house in Karalmanna, Kerala, after a brief illness. He was 74. Born on July 26, 1936 to Njaloor Kunhikrishnan Nair and Karthiyayani, he started performing Kathakali from when he was 13. He trained under his uncle Guru Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair at the PSV Natyasangham in Kottakkal. He excelled in portraying female roles like Damayanti, Sairandhri, Rukmini, Kunti, Draupadi, Mohini, Urvasi etc. For his expertise, he was awarded the 'Sthree Ratna' by the Kerala Government. Nalacharitham Nalam Divasam (Fourth day of Nalacharitham) in 2009 was his last performance and he performed this along with another legend in Kathakali, Kalamandalam Gopi.
Sivaraman followed the Kalluvazhi style. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the classic art of Kerala with Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award and Kerala Kalamandalam Award being some of them. He is also the first recipient of Kalaratna Puraskaram awarded by Kerala Kalamandalam. Sivaraman is one among the rare leading Kathakali artistes to have not taught in any leading performing art institutions. Filmmaker MR Rajan's documentary on the master titled 'Nokku' won the national award in 2007.

Eminent theatre personality, director and actor Shyamanand Jalan passed away in a south Kolkata nursing home on May 24, 2010. He was 79. Jalan is survived by his wife Chetna Jalan (Padatik Dance Centre) and six children.(
"I hope he passed away peacefully. Chetna and all have served him and looked after him in an exemplary manner. The shock is there of his passing away. There is a strange feeling of being orphaned - he gave such confidence, affection, encouragement and we all knew "he is there." He took away our worries.
He loved theatre and all of us. What a family of theatre world he created and bound us together. He was like a father figure and more than like an elder brother. He looked after me during my tenure at Kolkata Rabindra Bharati University and I always stayed with him and Chetna. I was always welcome and felt his residence was and is my second home in Kolkata. In this hour of Chetna's, Sachetan's, Chhotu's and all members of Shyamanand-ji's family, I wish to convey my deepest condolences.
I am sure we all will take courage and pray for peace of his soul. He shall always remain in spirit with us."
- Dr. Sunil Kothari

Chhau guru Srihari Nayak passed away on May 17, 2010 at his hometown of Baripada, Orissa. He was 76. A noted Mayurbhanj Chhau dancer and guru, he performed widely abroad, making Chhau known there. He was a specialist in dances like Shiva, Sabara Toka and Vishnu. He taught Chhau at the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya at Bhubaneswar and later joined Central Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA). He was awarded State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1976-77 and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1988. One of his foremost disciples is Ileana Citaristi.

R Iswaran, husband of legendary Carnatic musician D K Pattammal, passed away on April 2, 2010. He was 95.

Celebrated Krishnanattam exponent Velayudhan Nair passed away on March 7, 2010. Initiated at the age of seven, his debut was as Krishna of 'Avataram' when he was hardly eight. After his last role as Udhavar in August 1992, Velayudhan Nair retired from the service of the Guruvayur temple in Sept 1992, after 53 years. He has received awards like Nritya Natya Puraskar (2007), the award instituted by the Government of Kerala to honour veteran gurus for their contributions to dance forms of Kerala, Thulasi Puraskar of the Madhya Pradesh Government (1995), Manaveda Suvarna Mudra of Guruvayur (1991), and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (Kerala, 1985).

Ram Niwas Mirdha, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, passed away at Gangaram Lohia Hospital in New Delhi around noon on January 29, 2010. He was 87. The annual meeting of the general council of the SNA which meets to decide on the AKADEMI PURASKAR, the culture awards, was immediately stopped and postponed to another date to mark the passing of the nodal cultural organisation's dynamic Chairman.

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