I present to you, Sir, Shri Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiyya Pillai. He comes from a family of hereditary Natya Acharyas of many generations in Tanjore, and has maintained its high tradition in his lifetime. Himself a finished artist, Shri Ramaiyya Pillai has attracted students for his skill in teaching. Over a quarter of century many an apt pupil has passed through his hands and borne testimony to his skill in the art he teaches and to his technique in teaching. He now stands as an eminent guru in the true sense of the word. The Sangeet Natak Akademi has chosen him to be honoured as a guru in the world of Indian dance.