KP Bhaskar, the Indian classical dance maestro died on 17 April 2013 due to heart-related ailment. He was 88 years of age.
About KP Bhaskar
• KP Bhaskar was born in Kerala in the year 1925.
• He went to Singapore in 1952 and there he became one among first few Indian dance instructors.
• He started his academy with the Bharathanatyam for the beginners. Later, his academy taught various forms of the classical dances.
• KP Bhaskar founded Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society in 1987.
• He was also the member of various arts and cultural institutions in Singapore.
• In 1962, KP Bhaskar was also appointed as the head of three-month-long cultural mission to India.
• During his lifetime, he wrote three books on the subject of Indian dance. He also authored various magazine articles. Apart from this, he wrote television scripts, which included 13-part series titled Bharatha Natyam as well as 26-part series titled Aspects of Indian Dance.
• KP Bhaskar remained the President of Singapore Kathakali Yogam for 20 years.
• He was conferred with various awards during his career and these included Singapore's Meritorious Service Medal, Kala Vipanchee title from MBK Trust in Chennai (1999), Nritya Shiromani doctorate from the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh (2003) and Natya Kalanidhi from Indian poet Sudhananda Bharathiar.
• He also won Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal).