Ms Y. G. Parthasarathy (Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy) was a well-known icon in Chennai passed away on August 6; she was 93.
She spotted young talent and gave them a platform, she encouraged music and dance artistes, attending recitals even in her 80s, in a wheelchair.
Education was her passion and her group ran the Padma Seshadri group of schools in the city but culture and arts were at the heart of her campus life as well as the city's cultural world where she was a prominent member.
Her husband was a doyen in the Thamizh theatre ( he founded and ran United Amateur Artistes) world here and the family has remained faithful to that art. But when Bharat Kalachar was founded, music and dance got an equal space. Ms. YGP had a way of spotting talent, curating concerts and being at the centre of key cultural events. And when it was required to push an idea or project, this woman went for it.
She was seen as a champion of the arts and artistes and the moment news of her death was made public, artistes across the city, India and the world put out their tributes on social media. Her death made headlines in the city pages of newspapers.