Noted dancer-choreographer Amala Shankar passes away

Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service
Kolkata, July 24

Danseuse Amala Shankar, who was married to the late legendary dancer-choreographer Uday Shankar, died at her Kolkata residence on Friday morning.

She was 101 and died of outdated age.

The couple had two youngsters. Their son, Ananda Shankar, who’s an acclaimed music composer, died in 1999. He was 57 whereas their daughter, Mamata Shankar, who’s 65-years-old, is an actress-turned-dancer and choreographer.

Mamata Shankar debuted reverse Mithun Chakraborty in Mrinal Sen’s Hindi movie “Mrigaya”. She has primarily acted in Bengali films.

Uday Shankar, who was the elder brother of the late sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, married Amala Shankar in 1942.

She was then a member of her dance troupe.

The marriage did not endure the check of time.

Uday Shankar spent the ultimate years of his life with Anupama Das. She was a scholar on the dance college that Uday and Amala Shabnkar ran in Kolkata.

At 76, Uday Shankar died in 1977. Later, it was discovered that he gifted his theatrical costumes and different dancing paraphernalia to Das.

The rights of the Uday Shankar and Amala Shabkar characteristic movie “Kalpana”, made by Uday Shankar, was additionally given away to Anupama by the Padma Vibhushan awardee.

The deed gifting the gadgets to Anupama didn’t present Uday Shankar’s instant members of the family in a beneficial mild.

It talked about that the donor was having strained emotions and relations along with his members of the family together with his spouse, son and daughter and alleged that they deserted him.

In a condolence message Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned Amala Shankar’s demise.

“Her death has caused an irreparable loss to the word of dancing”, acknowledged the message from Banerjee.

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