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Updated: March 31, 2014 02:41 IST

‘Kartik’ Rajagopal passes away

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R. Rajagopal (88), popularly known as ‘Kartik’ Rajagopal in the fine arts arena, died on Sunday morning at his residence in Abiramapuram.

Founder-secretary of Mylapore Fine Arts Club, he served as its secretary for 23 years. He had a penchant for promoting amateur drama troupes and has encouraged several stalwarts by providing a platform for staging their inaugural plays.

Director K. Balachander, Cho, Y.Gee Mahendra, Mouli, Visu, Komal Swaminathan and many others staged their plays under his watchful eyes in MFAC, said a friend.

After leaving MFAC, he was involved in the launch of Kartik Fine Arts in April 1975. He received the Kalaimamani for his contribution to music in 2006. He is survived by a son and daughter.

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'Kartik' Rajagopal was a household name in theatre circles in Chennai and the credit for the mushrooming of several theatre troupes in the city should go to him. Karthik Fine Arts was the launching pad for most plays and playwrights and Rajagopal always encouraged fresh talent. The Tamil stage will be poorer without this doyen of the fine arts.

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Posted on: Mar 31, 2014 at 16:49 IST
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