Thursday 16 November 2023

Obit - Kathakali dancer Prabal Gupta is no more - Ashish Mohan Khokar

He died many times on stage, doing Putana Moksham or some such female centric role in Kathakali but that he really died on 14 November 2023 at just about 45 years of age is shocking to most in the dance field.

Cause of dance without a pause -- that was his life. He was like, possessed. A boy from Bengal with big, bulging eyes and bigger ambition to succeed in the dance field, he first learnt Kathakali from Fact Padmanabhan and then attached himself to Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan in Chennai. He settled in Bangalore a decade plus ago and was a very in-the-face artiste. He also wrote on dance initially for The Hindu ten plus years ago and got attention and importance but soon realised the flip side that his art suffered by giving reviews to others and that he won no friends or shows. So he stopped writing and focussed all out on dancing. He wrote for Ananya’s art magazine Kalasinchana too.

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  1. One has to note the incredible gender fluidity he had between his self and the characters. The heaven would presumably have no barriers for Prabal to dance his heart out. May your soul rest in peace my brother Prabal.

  2. Too young... @45... God truly loved him
    πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸŒΉ May his soul attain sadgati
    May God bless his family with strength to deal with this loss

  3. Omg 😒very sad . May his soul rest in peace πŸ™

  4. Beautifully written...a tribute from the core of your heart... absolutely silkan English...smooth ,flowy,simple , graceful and yet,a complete obituary....hats off to your skills dear Ashish !