Kuchipudi dance guru Vempati Chinna Satyam passes away

One of India’s famed dance gurus, Vempati Chinna Satyam has died. He was a Kuchipudi artiste and guru and a resident of Raja Annamalaipuram, in the south east corner of the Mylapore neighbourhood.

He was 83. He passed away on Sunday, July 29 morning after a long period of illness.

The funeral is scheduled for July 30 evening, his family said.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Chinna Satyam hailed from Kuchipudi village in coastal Andhra Pradesh and was one the stalwarts in Kuchipudi dance, being a great performer in his dancing career, and ideating a number of dance productions and teaching a large community of students.

He made Madras his home and the state donated a piece of land in R A Puram to set up his dance academy and his residence.

The academy is on Bro. DGS Dinakaran Road, near the main gate of the Adyar Poonga nature reserve.

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