The centenarian’s birthday celebrations have 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 house.
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 Army 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 bop 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 lots of historic feminine characters in dramas enhanced his appearing 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 kids in Mylapore space in Madras, continued as Sri Rama Nataka Niketan in Hyderabad when Ramamoorthy needed to transfer on a job switch.
Underneath the steerage of his daughter Manjula Ramaswamy, the institute had received accolades and broad popularity of its pure and conventional artwork kind. Until his final, Ramamoorthy was actively concerned in his college students’ performances and used to take satisfaction of their achievements at numerous platforms.
Just a few months in the past the classical dance fraternity was abuzz with exercise celebrating Ramamoorthy’s centenary yr.