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Actor, Kathak Dancer Veeru Krishnan Passes Away, Priyanka Chopra, Athiya Shetty Express Grief

Veeru Krishnan had trained many Bollywood and TV actors in Kathak. He is fondly remembered for his roles in films like 'Raja Hindustani,' 'Dulhe Raja' and 'Akele Hum Akele Tum.'


Updated:September 8, 2019, 1:45 PM IST
Actor, Kathak Dancer Veeru Krishnan Passes Away, Priyanka Chopra, Athiya Shetty Express Grief
Image of Veeru Krishnan, courtesy of YouTube

Actor and Kathak dancer Veeru Krishnan passed away on Saturday in Mumbai. He was best known for his work in films like Raja Hindustani, Dulhe Raja, Akele Hum Akele Tum among others.

Responding to the sad news of Krishnan's death many Bollywood celebrities offered their condolences on social media.

Priyanka Chopra, who is at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of her film The Sky Is Pink, wrote on Twitter, "You taught me to dance when I was two left feet. Your patience and passion for dance was so infectious that each one of us not only learned Kathak, but so much more from you. You will always be remembered Guruji. 🙏 #panditveerukrishnan."

Expressing grief over the news, Suniel Shetty's daughter Athiya wrote, "omg, so sad and shocked to hear this. RIP guruji ✨🙏🏼 thank you for teaching us— hard work, discipline and to truly love the form of Kathak (sic)."

Lara Dutta also took to Twitter to pen a heartfelt note for Krishnan. "This is very sad news indeed. Prayers and heartfelt condolences to Guruji’s family. He really was an institution & his passion for kathak and patience with his students made him an exemplary teacher. #RIP #panditveerukrishnan"

Tisca posted a photograph in which Krishnan can be seen training the "Chutney" actress. Along with it, she wrote a post, praising Krishnan for teaching her valuable life lessons.

A sad sad day, my Guruji #PanditVeeruKrishnan left us.He taught me so much besides #Kathak Most important of all was to have a laugh while doing one’s best. Guruji I will miss you deeply. You were one of a kind.. may you dance into heaven and may the heavens dance with you.. #RIP," Tisca tweeted on Sunday.

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Actor Karanvir Bohra also expressed grief upon hearing the news.

Many Bollywood and TV actors, including Katrina Kaif and Karanvir had received training in Kathak from Veeru, reported india.com. The website added that in a Teachers Day special interview in 2016 when Katrina was asked to name her favourite guru, she took Veeru Krishnan’s name. He also trained her sister Isabel Khan.

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