Ramaiyah Pillai gave life to Bharatanatyam

Rich tributes were paid to Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiah Pillai, renowned Bharatanatyam Guru, on his centenary celebrations. Speaking on the occasion, N. Murali, President, Music Academy, said the grace and subtlety of Ramaiyah Pillai set him apart as a Natyacharya. He expanded the repertoire of Bharatanatyam by introducing many items from Tamil literature. He took the dance form to the big screen and popularized it. Recalling his association with Ramayah Pillai in the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Mr. Gokulakrishna said the dance guru was very proud of his vocation. The art form would help in inculcating good habits among children, which elevated the body and soul of the learners. Old Tamil film songs choreogrophed by Ramaiyah Pillai were screened at the venue on the occasion.

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