Archaeologist R Nagaswamy passes away

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Chennai: Renowned archaeologist, art historian and Padma Bhushan awardee R Nagaswamy, who was the first director of Tamil Nadu government’s Department of Archaeology passed away here on Sunday. He was 91.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters. His wife had predeceased him. Nagaswamy passed away at 2.30 pm on Sunday in his Chennai home briefly after he expressed uneasiness, his son-in-law Baskar Kailasam told.

Nagaswamy was an expert witness in a London court in the famous Pathur Nataraja case and played a key role in bringing back the Chola-era bronze Nataraja to Tamil Nadu.

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