Kuchipudi dancer Shobha Naidu passes away

Kuchipudi dancer Shobha Naidu passes away

She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001.

Kuchipudi dance exponent Shobha Naidu passed away early on Wednesday at a private hospital in Hyderabad at the age of 64. Naidu was admitted in hospital reportedly with neurological illness and was undergoing treatment for the past four days. She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001.

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She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001.

In 1991 she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and before that she was awarded the title of 'Nritya Choodamani' by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha of Madras. The 64-year-old dancer also served as the Principal for the 40-year-old Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad and trained more than 1,500 students from India and abroad.

Several people from dancing fraternity expressed their condolences over her demise.

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