Padma Shri dance historian and critic Sunil Kothari handed away Sunday morning at a Delhi hospital after struggling a cardiac arrest. He was 87. “He had tested positive for COVID-19 almost a month back and was not in a good condition,” Vidha Lal, a household pal and herself a dancer, informed PTI. Kothari was recovering at dwelling in Asian Games Village however was rushed to a hospital after struggling a cardiac arrest this morning, she added. After the stunning demise, Bollywood actress Hema Malini mourned and remembered him as the one that inspired her within the preliminary stage of her profession.
Taking to Twitter, Hema Malini wrote, “Sunil Kothari, eminent dance critic has passed away. He was one of those who encouraged me in the initial stage of my career. He was a passionate lover of art, a spl person who took grt interest in classical dance and encouraged young dancers. Will truly miss u Sunilji.”
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Sunil Kothari, eminent dance critic has handed away.He was one of those that inspired me within the preliminary stage of my profession. He was a passionate lover of artwork, a spl one who took grt curiosity in classical dance and inspired younger dancers. Will actually miss u Sunilji
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 28, 2020
Born on December 20, 1933 in Mumbai, Kothari certified as a Chartered Accountant earlier than turning to the examine of Indian dance kinds. Kothari authored greater than 20 books on the topic of Indian dance kinds together with “Sattriya Dances of Assam”, “New Directions in Indian Dance”, and likewise on Bharatanatayam, Odissi, Chhau, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Photo Biographies of Uday Shankar and Rukmini Devi Arundale.
The dance scholar held the Uday Shankar Chair in Rabindra Bharati University, and taught within the Dance Department of New York University as a Fulbright Professor.
Kothari obtained quite a few titles and awards for his contribution to Indian dance kinds together with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1995); the Gaurav Puraskar conferred by the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi (2000); the Padma Shri bestowed by the Government of India (2001); and the Life Time Achievement Award of the Dance Critics Association, New York, USA (2011).
He was additionally an elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian dance as a scholar.
-With PTI inputs