Kalakshithi completes 25 years

The JSS auditorium in Bengaluru was overflowing with students of Prof. M.R. Krishnamurthy, Founder-Director of Kalakshithi, on 16 and 17 April. The occasion was the silver jubilee celebrations of this “school of fine arts”. Widely respected and wellknown as “Kittu Sir” in Bengaluru, M.R. Krishnamurthy learnt under Rukmini Devi at Kalakshetra from the age of 16. Others who taught him there were Sarada Hoffman, Vasanta Vedam, Pushpa Sankar, N.S. Jayalakshmi, Mylapore Gowri Amma, and Chandu Panickar. He participated in most of the dancedramas of Kalakshetra, donning a variety of roles.