Dr. Jaya, Head of the Department of Dance, Jain University, Bangalore,
expired after a heart attack on the evening of December 23, 2012 while
conducting rehearsals at her residence.|
of the giants of twentieth century music, sitar maestro/composer Pt
Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11, 2012 at San Diego. He was 92.
He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the
West. Ravi Shankar has written three concertos for sitar and orchestra,
last one of which in 2008. He has also authored violin-sitar
compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso
Jean Pierre Rampal, music for Hosan Yamamoto, master of the Shakuhachi
and Musumi Miyashita - Koto virtuoso, and has collaborated with Phillip
Glass (Passages). George Harrison produced and participated in two
record albums, 'Shankar Family & Friends' and 'Festival of India'
both composed by Ravi Shankar. Ravi Shankar has composed for ballets and
films in India, Canada, Europe and the United States, which includes
the films 'Charly,' 'Gandhi,' and the 'Apu Trilogy.'
Born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury on April 7, 1920 at Varanasi, he joined
his brother Uday Shankar's dance troupe at the age of 10 and toured the
world. In 1937 he gave up dancing and returned to India to start
learning classical music and sitar from Allauddin Khan. In 1968, he
wrote his autobiography 'My music, my life.' Ravi Shankar was awarded an
honorary knighthood by the Queen of England.
He received many awards and honours from all over the world, including
fourteen doctorates, the Bharat Ratna (1999), Padma Vibhushan, Padma
Bhushan (1967), the Music Council UNESCO award (1975), the Magsaysay
Award from Manila etc. In 1986 Ravi Shankar was nominated as a member of
the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament. A three-time
Grammy-award winner, his album The Living Room Sessions, Part 1
has received a 2013 Grammy nomination, news of which reached Shankar the
night prior to his heart valve replacement surgery, from which he was
too weak to recover. Ravi Shankar will be honored posthumously
with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb 10, 2013, becoming the
first Indian to get this prestigious award.
Guru Acharya Parvati Kumar passed away in Mumbai on November 29, 2012.
He was 94. He learnt Kathak, Kathakali and Bharatanatyam from respected
masters. He had profound knowledge of Sanskrit and the Shastras. He
founded Tanjavur Nrityashala in 1968. A scholar, choreographer and
teacher, Parvati Kumar applied himself to an in-depth study of an entire
repertoire of compositions by the Maratha rulers of Tanjavur. The
research resulted in the publication of his Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha.
These nirupanas (repertoires) which he researched were also
choreographed by him into dance form. He studied and choreographed the
entire verses of the Abhinaya Darpana. His interest in preservation of
some of these ancient and almost extinct texts, led him to develop a
system of notation that is useful for dancers and choreographers.
||Renowned for his female
impersonation in Kuchipudi, Guru Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma (Born on
September 9, 1935) passed away in Vijayawada in the early hours of
November 16, 2012. He was famous for his female roles as Usha in Usha
Parinayam, Satyabhama in Bhamakalapam , Mohini in Mohini Rukmangada,
Deva Devi in Vipra Narayana, Sasirekha in Sasirekha Parinayam and
Gollabhama in Gollakalapam. |
Gopalakrishnan (April 9, 1926 - September 5, 2012) passed away on
Teacher's Day in Chennai. He created Kerala Natanam, the simplified
version and adaptation of Kathakali. With his wife Kusum, he created a
unique method of 'Drishyakatha' narrative, a blend of Kerala Natanam,
free dance style and folk forms.
Guru Harekrushna Behera (father of Odissi dancer Kavita Dwibedi) passed
away at his residence in New Delhi on June 24, 2012. He was 81.
He learned the Gotipua and Mahari style of Odissi from Ramhari Behera,
Shriram Chandra Dey and Ramchandra Mahapatra apart from learning champu,
chhanda, tabla, and contemporary dances like Chhota Khayal. He joined
the Nritya Sangeet Kala Mandir (Balasore) in 1952 as a dance teacher. In
1957, he joined the Kala Vikas Kendra to pursue his education under
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He also joined the Jayantika movement
committed to evolve Odissi with a classical character. In 1960, Babulal
Joshi, the then secretary of the Kala Vikas Kendra sponsored his
entrance to the Natya Ballet Centre at Delhi to learn ballet. Behera
took this opportunity to teach Odissi to aspiring students of the Natya
Ballet Centre and thus started the pioneering work of propagating Odissi
In 1964 he joined Kathak Kendra, New Delhi and received training in
Kathak from Birju Maharaj. Simultaneously, he learnt pakhawaj from
Purushottam Das and Thumri from Siddheswari Devi. Later he concentrated
on Odissi and started an institution Nritya Niketan and brought Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Mayadhar Raut and Guru Surendra Nath Jena to
New Delhi. When this institution closed he joined Gandharva
Mahavidyalaya as an Odissi guru in 1971 and Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala
Kendra in 1974. He started his own institute Odissi Kendra in
He composed many new items in Pallavi, abhinaya, tandav, Mangalacharan
etc. He choreographed several dance dramas combining classical Odissi
with folk forms. Guru Harekrushna Behera College of Art and Culture,
Balasore, imparting training in Orissan music and dance was established
Guru Behera has been honored with The All India Critics Association
Award, Calcutta (1981), The Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1983),
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award from Delhi (1990), Central Sangeet Natak
Akademi Award (2003). He has trained many celebrity dancers like Sonal
Mansingh, Yamini Krishnamurthi, Aloka Panikar, Surendra Nath Jena, Radha
Reddy, Madhavi Mudgal and Kavita Dwibedi.
||Known for his
prowess in paccha, kathi and minukku characters, Kathakali exponent
Kalamandalam Rajan passed away at Tripunithura, Kerala, on June 13,
2012. He was 81.|
Jyotindra Prasad Mishra, sitarist for Odissi dance, passed away on May 2, 2012 at Bhubaneswar.
Manna Srinivasan passed away in his sleep on March 10, 2012 at New
Delhi. He was 78. He was roving editor of Sruti magazine.
We have lost a wonderful, self effacing, erudite, warm hearted person.
He was a rare human being not expecting anything from anyone. He wanted
to write about how Delhi dance - music scene was 50 years ago. Alas now
all that is gone. It is indeed a great loss.
- Dr. Sunil Kothari
We don't ever get another Manna, we can only pay a tearful tribute to him. It's very shocking and saddest news.
- Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao
I can't believe it that he is no more. I totally agree with Pappu
Venugopal ji… we won't ever get another Manna. May his soul rest in
- Manjari Sinha
It is a matter of deep regret that Manna Srinivasan is no more. There
can never be another like him. A colossus has left a void difficult to
fill. The many who came in contact with him will know of his
scholarship, erudition and his penchant for promoting the arts where he
was at his creative best.
- Satish Suri
A lovely, learned, kind man. I will remember his smiling face at every
kutcheri, seminar, at the season, the IIC. I was very fond of him and
will miss him dearly! My prayers and condolences to his family and the
- Navtej Johar
Very nice person who was always encouraging to all artists! A big pillar
of support. I remember him very fondly as AIFACS Srinivasan... this is
how he was known in Delhi in the early sixties. He will be dearly
- Hema Rajagopalan
With the passing away of Manna-ji, Indian art world lost one individual
who lived only for the arts. His contributions will be always
- GS Rajan
Manna-ji always greeted with a warm smile and words of encouragement. He
was genuinely engaged in the service of the arts, and Indian dance, in
particular. A great vacuum has been left and we will miss him sorely.
- Mamata Niyogi Nakra
Manna's sudden demise has created a vacuum among the friends of artistes
in general, particularly artistes of Dakshina-Bhaarat. He was a
spokesperson and a helping hand to all coming to Delhi from the south.
He was a host to many, contact person and ever ready to guide the
artistes. A quiet, unassuming personality who just did his duty without
expecting any return mileage...a rarity in today's world. May his soul
rest in peace.
- VP Dhananjayan
Remembering Manna Srinivasan
- Dr. Sunil Kothari
||Dancer Uma Namboodiripad Sathyanarayanan lost her husband in a car crash on Jan 14, 2012.|
||Zhang Jun (1933 - 2012), the first
Chinese dancer to study classical dance in India, brought Bharatanatyam
and Kathak to Mao's China in the 1950s and inspired many to follow her
passion for classical Indian art over a five decade long teaching
career. She passed away in January 2012 following a long battle with
cancer. She was 79. Her cremation took place on Jan 8, 2012. She had
asked to be cremated with an anklet wrapped around her leg.|