Thursday, 20 August 2015

M.V. Narasimhachari passes away

The dance fraternity of Chennai is shocked at the sudden demise of Guru M.V. Narasimhachari on 19 August 2015 in Chennai. He was 72 and was active till his last breath. Narasimhachari was an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, a dance guru,  musician, music composer, laya expert, mridangist, imaginative choreographer and yoga practitioner. He married Vasanthalakshmi in 1969 and together they danced, taught, composed and set up their dance school Kala Samarpana at Alwarpet in Chennai. It was the earnest desire of Chari Sir (as he was popularly known) to give back to the arts field that had nurtured them for so many years. Few know that the Charis have instituted endowments in reputed organisations like Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts Society and Kalakshetra, to encourage young talent.   A recipient of several prestigious awards, Narasimhachari had the rare distinction of receiving awards from five Presidents of India. He served as President of the Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India for eight years.

As a person he was always cheerful, punning on words, encouraging young artists and spreading joy wherever he went. There was never a dull moment in his presence. He was a good soul.

Sruti offers its heartfelt condolences to his wife Vasanthalakshmi and other members of the bereaved family. <>

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