Venkatarama Pandit Krishnamurthy, ace cinematographer who was the first technician to win the Dadasaheb Phalke award (2008), passed away at the age of 91. Having studied cinematography at the S J Polytechnic, Bangalore, his practical training happened at Mumbai’s Famous Film Studio. He started his career playing the violin, composing music and acting in plays staged by local cultural associations before landing his first film as an assistant cameraman- Maharana Pratap (1946). His most famous collaboration was with Guru Dutt who he met on the sets of Baazi (1951), wherein his inputs led to Dutt offering him his first independent assignment, Jaal (1952). They worked together on India’s first cinemascope film Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Aar Paar (1954), Pyaasa (1957) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam(1962). His awards included Filmfare Best Cinematographer for Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), and the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award (2005).