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Durable Link to this BlogSaturday, August 12, 2006

Death of Two Masters

I am back after a month long visit to Dharwad and Honavar. Met old friends, initiated projects for Kamat Foundation and learnt Goan Konkani, which was the highlight of the trip.

Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sharma

Upon my return, I was saddened to find a Telugu notification mentioning the Vaikuntha Samaradhana (Death Ceremony or Celebration of Life Ceremony) of Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sharma. It is signed by his eight children who are named after great sages and icons of learning. (Their names are: Sankhyayana, Bhargava, Maitreya, Yajnyavalkya, Shrivatsa, Lalitamba, Kameswari, and Sharada !)

Sharmaji was one of the most learned scholars I have met in my life and it is a great loss to the world of Indian classicals.

R. Seshasastry
Picture of Gadiyaram Sri Ramakrishna Sharma

See: Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sharma

H.R. Keshava Murty

I am also saddened by the passing of Bhrata Natyam master H.R. Keshavamurty of Bangalore. He founded the Keshava Nrityashala (dance academy) and has taught classical dance for over 50 years. Many photographs in our collection were taken in his dance school in Malleswaram.

© K. L. Kamat
Portrait of H.R. Keshava Murty

See Also:

• Brahmanical Education in Andhra Pradesh in 1900
• The Bharatanatyam Dance
• At the Keshava Nrityashala Dance Academy

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