Dec. 29, 2020

Eminent dance scholar and critic Sunil Kothari, 87, passed away because of COVID-19-related complications.


  • Sunil Kothari (1933 – 2020) was a noted Indian dance historian, scholar and critic.

  • He was instrumental in establishing the School of Arts and Aesthetics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and mentored many art scholars.

  • Books:
    • He has written 12 books on different forms of Indian classical dance and allied art-forms.

    • He wrote extensively on Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri dance forms.

    • His scholarly work, Sattriya: Classical Dance of Assam, helped in creating a better understanding of the dance form in the national and global circuit.

    • His other notable contributions include New Directions in Indian Dance and Kuchipudi Indian Classical Dance Art.

  • Awards:
    • He received Padma Shri award in 2001. He also received Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1995 for overall contribution to the Indian classical dance.

    • He was awarded a D.Litt. by the Rabindra Bharti University for his research on dance sculptures in the medieval temples of north Gujarat.

Source : The Hindu