Newdelhi:27/12/20:Padma Shri dance historian and critic Sunil Kothari passed away Sunday morning at a Delhi hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest a month after testing positive for coronavirus. He was 87.
“He had tested positive for COVID-19 almost a month back and was not in a good condition,” Vidha Lal, a family friend and herself a dancer, told PTI.
Kothari was recovering at home in Asian Games Village but was rushed to a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest this morning, she added.
Born on December 20, 1933, in Mumbai, Kothari qualified as a Chartered Accountant before turning to the study of Indian dance forms.
He authored more than 20 books on the subject of Indian dance forms including “Sattriya Dances of Assam”, “New Directions in Indian Dance”, and also on Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Chhau, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Photo Biographies of Uday Shankar and Rukmini Devi Arundale.
Dancer and long-time associate Anita Ratnam remembered the late critic for his “infectious enthusiasm”.Kothari had first met her at a dance recital in 1970 in Chennai when she was just a teenager.