Sunil Kothari

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Sunil Kothari
Padma Shri Sunil Kothari.JPG
Sunil Kothari in 2015
Nationality Indian
Occupation Classical dance critic
Years active 1956 - present
Known for Indian classical dance
Awards Padma Shri
Dr. Sunil Kothari in 2014

Sunil Kothari is a noted Indian dance historian, scholar and critic. He is also former Uday Shankar Professor at Ravindra Bharti University, Kolkata.[1]


He completed M. A. in 1964 and PhD in 1977. Professionally, Sunil Kothari is a chartered accountant. He started his career with The Times of India. He freelances now as a writer. Currently he lives in Asian Games Village in Delhi.[2][3]


He received Padma Shri award in 2001.[4] He also received Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1995 for overall contribution to the Indian classical dance. He was awarded Kumar Chandrak in 1961 and Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 2012.[2][3]


He has written 12 books on different forms of Indian Classical Dance and allied Art-forms.

  • Bharata Natyam: Indian Classical Dance Art
  • Odissi: Indian Classical Dance Art
  • Rasa: The Indian Performing Arts in the Last 25 Years
  • Kuchipudi: Indian Classical Dance Art
  • Photo Biography of Rukmini Devi
  • Kathak: Indian Classical Dance Art
  • New Directions In Indian Dance
  • Chhau Dances of India
  • Damaru: Essays on Classical Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Folk Dances, Rituals, Crafts,



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