By Nandini Ramani
Thanjavur Rajalakshmi, musician (disciple of Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer), Bharatanatyam artist and teacher, film actress of yesteryear and Director of Sri Gurulaya Academy, passed away recently at Chennai. She trained many students for solo performances and choreo¬graphed several dance dramas. Noteworthy was the thematic production in 2004 in which Rajalakshmi had set to dance some of the immortal compositions of Yogi Suddhananda Bharati. Her choreography for the dance ballet presented during the annual Nritta Makarandam seminar at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan had some memorable moments that recall with joy. Rajalakshmi received the Kalaimamani award from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram.