Sunil Kothari
Sunil Kothari in 2015
Born(1933-12-20)December 20, 1933
DiedDecember 27, 2020(2020-12-27) (aged 87)
OccupationClassical dance critic
Years active1956 – 2020
Known forIndian classical dance
AwardsPadma Shri
Dr. Sunil Kothari in 2014

Sunil Kothari (20 December 1933 – 27 December 2020)[1] was a noted Indian dance historian, scholar and critic. He was also former Uday Shankar Professor at Ravindra Bharti University, Kolkata.[2]


He completed M. A. in 1964 and PhD in 1977. Professionally, Sunil Kothari was a chartered accountant. He started his career with The Times of India. He also taught at Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics. He freelanced as a writer. He lived in Asian Games Village in Delhi.[3][4]


He died on 27 December 2020 due to a cardiac arrest caused by COVID-19 complications.[5][6]


He received Padma Shri award in 2001.[7] 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.[3][4]


He has written 12 books on different forms of Indian classical dance and allied art-forms.



  1. ^ Kumar, Anuj (27 December 2020). "Eminent dance scholar and critic Sunil Kothari passes away at 87". The Hindu.
  2. ^ ", Movies: UNESCO observes grand centenary functions for Uday Shankar".
  3. ^ a b "સુનિલ કોઠારીને રણજિતરામ સુવર્ણચંદ્રક એનાયત કરાશે (Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak will be awarded to Sunil Kothari)" (in Gujarati). Divya Bhaskar. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "રણજિતરામ ચંદ્રક મારા માટે નોબેલ છે (Ranjitram Chandrak is the Nobel for me)" (in Gujarati). Divya Bhaskar. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Dance historian Sunil Kothari passes away, had tested positive for COVID-19 a month ago". 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Padma Shri dance historian Sunil Kothari passes away, had tested positive for COVID-19 a month ago".
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Books & Publications". Archived from the original on 18 July 2006.