The famous Indian ballet dancer Amala Shankar died at the age of 101. She passed away in Kolkata on Friday. Her granddaughter tweeted the news for the public to know.
Amala Shankar was born in 1919 as Amala Nandi in Jessore. In the year 1931, when she was 11-years-old she went to the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris. There, she met Uday Shankar and joined his dance troop. Amala’s first performance as Kaliya in ‘Kaliya Daman’ was staged in Belgium in 1931. In 1939, Uday sent a marriage proposal to Amala and they married in 1942. And they together had two kids Ananda Shankar, a son and Mamata Shankar, a daughter.
Uday and Amala were a popular dance couple for a very long time. Later, Uday Shankar got into a romantic relationship with a younger girl of his troop. Although Uday Shankar died in 1977, the couple lived separately for quite a while.
In the year 2012, Amala was still active. She continued her journey with her daughter Mamata and daughter-in-law Tanushree Shankar.
Amala Shankar: works and achievements
Amala also played the lead role in ‘Kalpana’ (1948) — a film by Uday about a young dancer’s dreams of setting up a dance academy.
Amala graced the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Because her film Kalpana’, which was screened at the festival’s Cannes Classic Section in 2012. Also, Amala Shankar was an active dancer in her 90s and the West Bengal government gave her the Banga Vibhushan Award in the year 2011. Furthermore, in 2012, she got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna award for her contribution to dance.
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee said that her demise is irreparable in the dance world.
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