FINAL CURTAIN 2015

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 narthaki.com 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