In 2015 we bid adieu to several stalwarts in the field of performing arts. Some were recognized and awarded in their lifetime. Others were ignored.
We at respectfully acknowledge their selfless contribution.

A personal note of sadness at the sudden but peaceful passing of 80 year old theatre director Professor S Ramanujam. An early student of National School of Drama, Professor Ramanujam vitalized children's theatre in Kerala, winning several awards for his innovative use of props and imporvized movements. During the last 20 years of his life, he devoted his energies towards reviving and re-staging the 15th century ritual dance-theatre tradition of KAISIKA NATAKAM in my ancestral village of Tirukurungudi, Tamilnadu.

We also note the passing of Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind's mother. Govind was scheduled to return to the performance stage after a two year hiatus. Her fans will have to wait another year to see her during the Chennai season.

Prof.  Ramanujam, the pioneer of parallel theatre movement in Tamilnadu,
Dec 7, 2015

Pt. Arjun Mishra, Kathak guru,
Oct 22, 2015

Sudarshan Dheer, Kathak guru,
Oct 3, 2015

Kidangoor Rama Chakyar, Koodiyattam guru,
Sep 2, 2015 aged 88

Pandanallur M Gopalakrishnan Pillai, BN guru,
Aug 17, 2015

Jayalakshmi Alva, BN guru,
July 21, 2015 aged 81

Shyamala Mohanraj, BN guru,
July 14, 2015

Karunambal G Pillai, BN guru,
April 29, 2015

 Shashimani Devi, Mahari of Jagannath temple,
March 19, 2015 aged 93

Udupi Laxminarayan , BN guru,
March 17, 2015 aged 88

Lakshmi Rajamani, Kuchipudi guru,
Jan 27, 2015

Prabhavathi Shastry, BN guru,
Jan 7, 2015 aged 66

Margi Sathi, exponent of Koodiyattam and Nangiarkoothu,
Dec 1, 2015 aged 50

Pushpa Bhuyan, Sattriya exponent,
Oct 7, 2015

Kalamandalam Satyabhama, Mohiniattam guru,
Sept 13, 2015 aged 77

M.V. Narasimhachari, BN guru,
Aug 19, 2015

Pandanallur Swaminatha Pillai, BN guru,
Aug 5, 2015

Surendra Saikia, Kathak exponent,
July 16, 2015

Adyar Rama Rao, BN vocalist,
May 3, 2015

Leela Ramanathan, BN guru,
March 22, 2015

R. Krishnaswamy, Secretary of Narada Gana Sabha,
March 18, 2015 aged 78

Vilasini Ramachandran, Kerala Natanam,
March 5, 2015

SN Chandrashekar, critic,
Jan 19, 2015 aged 93

Pt Chitresh Das, Kathak dancer/guru,
Jan 4, 2015 aged 70