During an event on Friday at the Vadakkekkara Kattathururth Nambiath Bhadrakali temple in Kochi, audience enjoying a small Bharatanatyam routine were slightly taken aback when one of the performers collapsed on the stage.

48-year-old Omanakuttan was performing the routine with his Guru Sivan Malyankara when he suddenly went out of sync from the dance and collapsed on stage. His guru, after turning around and realising what had occurred, rushed towards the curtain and stopped the show.

The video of the heart-wrenching incident was released on local TV channels.

Omanakuttan was rushed to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead. It is unclear what the cause was behind Omanakuttan’s demise.

Omanakuttan had been performing Bharatnatyam for over 25 years.