Good people are a rare commodity and Manimaran Thorasamy was one of the greatest personalities who bid the world goodbye on 17 May 2017. While the details of his demise still remain under the wraps; the news has definitely come as a shock for the art industry. We’re talking about a name that requires no introduction – Mr. Manimaran; a renowned choreographer/dancer who also happened to be the founder of Manimaran Creations. The company is basically a Singapore based Indian Arts Group that was founded by him in the year 1979.
His death is a huge loss that will be mourned by people all over the world who were familiar with his work of art and his contribution to the world of dance and entertainment.
Thorasamy’s company Manimaran Creations started off with a group of five friends. It was only a matter of time before it evolved into a large group. The group always honoured and welcomed talent which is why it consisted of artists as young as five. Mr. Thorasamy always had an admiration and love for the art and talent and strongly felt that people with great potential should be given the right opportunity to excel.
His troupe regularly organized and participated in community and corporate events year round. All thanks to his immense contributions in bolstering the progress of this group that went on to perform in countries like Medan, London, Paris, and India.
It’s hard to deny the contributions made by Mr. Manimaran Thorasamy. This great choreographer and dancer was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2015 at an award show held in Singapore. The award was given by the Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Mr. Lawrence Wong. The award show was a star-studded affair held at Ritz-Carlton, Singapore.
One of the many contributions by Mr. Thorasamy is that to the Indian dance community. He had a humble beginning when he started out in 1979 with five of his friends. And, the rest as they say is history. He made his foray in the dance industry during the early 70s. That was a time when there were not a lot of popular male dancers in Bollywood/Kollywood. The dance industry was still at its infancy stage. And, for a male dancer to make it to the top; it was no easy task.
But, you know what they say – ‘where there’s a will; there’s a way.’
Manimaran slowly built a name for himself and it was only a matter of time before he became a household name and a brand whenever it came to casting the finest male dancers in the industry.
Manimaran’s major contribution during his initial years was mostly confined to countries like India and Singapore. But, he slowly went on to travel the world giving his awe-inspiring performances across England, France, Germany, and Indonesia.
In addition to being an incredibly successful dancer; this great star also briefly dabbled in the film industry. He went on to appear in Indian films where he worked alongside super stars like Rajnikanth.
His quest for exploring his talents further and broadening his horizons didn’t end there. He even ventured as an actor in theater, scriptwriter, director, and also worked for the Ministry of Education. Part of his job working with the Ministry of Education was about conducting workshops and classes where he gave dance lessons to young students.
The ones we talked about so far are just a handful of the many achievements this amazing dancer and an even more amazing human being has to his credit. In the year 1994 he was honored with the Young Artist Award.
His whole life has been a rich, beautiful tapestry of achievements and recognition; not to mention his personality had that warmth which is hard to find these days. Just being around him was enough to make the person feel his strong aura. Mr. Thorasamy had the kind of personality that leaves you awestruck with compassion and warmth.
He always had a cheerful disposition and a positive outlook towards life which was apparent from each performance that he delivered. Even his friends and disciples and anyone who ever worked with him would agree that his positivity and warmth was hard to escape.
For such as a compassionate personality to leave this world untimely is definitely a great loss. Such great personalities are hard to come by who leave the world for a better place. Mr. Thorasamy definitely did his fair share of contribution to the dance industry.
If it wasn’t for him, his group Manimaran Creations would not have witnessed such great unprecedented heights of success.
Manimaran always believed in simplicity yet he always had a positive outlook for life. He was always a firm believer in living life to the fullest and his performance always made that abundantly clear. Each of his performances was a true worth of art and a thing of beauty that the industry will continue to cherish. He has set such great benchmarks for not only being an amazing dancer and choreographer, but also for being a beautiful human being; that most of us can only dream of being like him.
He will always be cherished and loved in our hearts. He was not just a person. He was a bundle of life experiences and beautiful human values; the values which are slowly fading away in the race to compete with each other.
The world has truly suffered a great loss today which can never be compensated. The demise of Manimaran has left a void that can never be filled; no matter how many great dancers come and go. He had a special place in everyone’s heart which is simply irreplaceable.
May his soul rest in peace!