The centenarian’s birthday celebrations had been held final yr with fanfare by the dance fraternity
Veteran Bharatanatyam dancer, guru and founding father of Hyderabad-based Sri Rama Nataka Niketan, V.S. Ramamoorthy handed away on the age of 100 in Hyderabad on Friday.
Born on September 20, 1920, in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, Ramamoorthy moved to Secunderabad in 1969 and made the dual cities his dwelling.
After finishing his diploma in electro-technical engineering, Ramamoorthy moved to the erstwhile Calcutta after which to Bangalore to affix Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted, as a sub-divisional officer. In 1942, he joined Navy Engineering Providers (MES) and was posted in Madras.
It was Bharatanatyam although that he was most inclined to and have become the primary male pupil of the then eminent guru Dandayudhapani Pillai. He gave his Arangetram at Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Madras on Independence Day, on the age of 27.
Ramamoorthy was drawn to bounce initially by the custom of ‘Kathakalakshepam’ and narratives from the Ramayana and Bhagavatam. His portrayal of Sivakami, Kundavi in Parthiban Kanavu, Anarkali, Sita, Kaikeyi, Kousalya, Thilakavathy and plenty of historic feminine characters in dramas enhanced his performing prowess. Going past Bharatanatyam, Ramamoorthy skilled himself in Kurathi dance — a people custom of Tamil Nadu.
What began as Sri Devi Nritya Niketan to show dance to youngsters in Mylapore space in Madras, continued as Sri Rama Nataka Niketan in Hyderabad when Ramamoorthy needed to transfer on a job switch.
Below the steerage of his daughter Manjula Ramaswamy, the institute had gained accolades and extensive popularity of its pure and conventional artwork type. Until his final, Ramamoorthy was actively concerned in his college students’ performances and used to take pleasure of their achievements at varied platforms.
A number of months in the past the classical dance fraternity was abuzz with exercise celebrating Ramamoorthy’s centenary yr.