Dancer and teacher, Kalpalatha Thiagarajan, passed away in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 27 May, 2020.
Born on 10 April 1949, Kalpalatha hailed from a performing arts family of F.G.Natesa Iyer. Moulded by her father Gemini N. Thiagarajan and mother Saraswathi Thiagarajan, Kalpalatha was also well-trained in Kuchipidi style of dance. She learnt bharatanatyam from eminent gurus like Kanchipuram Ellappa Pillai and Adyar Lakshmanan and kuchipudi from guru Vempatti Chinnasatyam.
She had had over 100 students graduate from her Peali Arpana school of dance in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipidi.
Kalpalatha had served Bharatiya Sangeetha Sangham, Montreal for more than eight years as president and treasurer working hard to inculcate and promote classical art in Montreal. Her deep love for dance and art along with her sense of passion, commitment and hard work brought many great programs to Montreal. She would be there for all events, engaging the artists, the audiences, managing the finances, cooking for artists and thoroughly enjoying the process with her beautiful smile. She was a huge part in culture building with the Hindu Mandir of West Island.
Lata touched many hearts with her smile, sense of humor, generosity and love. She would forever be remembered as a fantastic teacher, an exponent of Bharathanatyam, a great friend and a community leader. Her demise is a huge loss for our art community in North America. We salute her contributions and will always remember her as a warm and loving personality. We dedicate the entire year of activities to pay respect.