Mumbai: Actor and Kathak dancer Veeru Krishnan passed away in Mumbai on Saturday. Best known for his work in films like ‘Raja Hindustani’, ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’ and ‘Ishq’, Krishnan had also taught Kathak to a number of Bollywood actresses including Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif to name a few.
Mourning the demise of her ‘Guruji’ Priyanka took to Twitter and wrote, “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”
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 https://t.co/pfQerVQgby
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 7, 2019
Lara Dutta and Athiya Shetty also took to Twitter to mourn Veeru’s passing away.
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 https://t.co/LDoSh3Ok6G
— Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) September 7, 2019
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. https://t.co/6NvRtnb9ph
— Athiya Shetty (@theathiyashetty) September 7, 2019
Actor Karanvir Bohra also expressed grief upon hearing the news.
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I’m really sad to state that my darling Guruji #panditvirukrishnan has left for his heavenly abode… I was going to put up a post on teachers day thanking him and other teachers, little did I know that this angel will leave his body and I will never get to see him. We have learnt so much from him. Teachers like him were very few. @bombaysunshine and I were just talking today in the morning that we would @twinbabydiaries for Kathak next time they were in India. This is a great loss for all of us. But I know he is in a happier place. #GURUDEVKIJAIHO