Hyderabad: Well-known dance guru Nataraja Rama Krishna, who revived the ‘Andhra Natyam’ and made it world famous is no more. He breathed his last on Tuesday in the NIMS Hospital where he has been ailing since some time.
Rama Krishna, who was the chairman of the State Sangita Nataka Academy earned name as an expert dance researcher, intellectual, artiste and Guru to thousands of artistes. He researched on the famous dance styles of Kuchipudi, Perini Sivathandavam and Andhra Natyam of Andhra Pradesh. He also revived the forgotten Andhra Natyam, by studying dance poses in the temple sculptures and developed it. He taught the dance to many. Similarly, he revived the Perini dance once taught to the soldiers of Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva. He toured France, Russia and several other countries and gave lecture-demonstrations on the Indian dance styles.
Rama Krishna was born in Bali of Indonesia on March 13, 1933. He developed keen interest in dance right from his childhood and mastered the art, despite several personal problems. Minakshi Sundaram Pillai and Nayudupeta Rajamma were his early Gurus. He developed as a dancer with the help rendered by his brother Shyam Sundar. He soon started research on the dance styles of Andhra and got world recognition to them. He had written some 40 books on the dance styles of India.
Rama Krishna’s body was shifted from the NIMS to his residence in Begumpet. His last rites would be performed on Wednesday, in the Domalguda burial grounds. Several artistes and disciples of the Guru have visited his house and paid their last respects to him.