She put Indian fusion dance on world map

Dancer Amala Shankar passes away at 101

Kolkata: Danseuse Amala Shankar (101), who was married to late legendary dancer-choreographer Uday Shankar, died of cardiac arrest whereas asleep at her Kolkata residence on Friday morning.

Manpriya Singh

Amala Shankar was 5 a long time forward of her occasions. The famend danseuse took to stage in an period when ladies weren’t even allowed on the streets. The artiste introduced worldwide acclaim to Indian fusion dance type that hundreds of thousands weren’t even launched to. On Friday, the dance fraternity was left with a void with the danseuse’s demise on the age of 101 in Kolkata. Granddaughter Sreenanda Shankar’s tweet echoed with many when she stated, “Today my thamma left us… this is an end of an era.”

Born Amala Nandy in 1919 in Jessore, Bangladesh, she had a bent in the direction of arts and music from a really early age. However, it was solely with the encouragement from her father that she was capable of be a path-breaker and pursue dance additional. Sajal Koser, Secretary, Pracheen Kala Kendra, says, “Amala Shankar was not just instrumental in popularising Indian fusion dance but also in bringing alive several social issues on stage.”

It was in 1931 on the age of 12 when Amala met Uday Shankar in Paris. Little she should have identified then that it was his dance institute she was quickly going to attend in Almora and sooner or later change into his companion for all times. On June 27, the household of the danseuse celebrated her birthday with an exhibition of her uncommon pictures that highlighted her portray expertise. The exhibition gave an perception into her work which have been made utilizing fingers as an alternative of brushes.

Senior Kathak exponent Dr Shobha Koser remembers assembly Amala solely two years in the past, “It was her daughter Mamata Shankar’s performance in Kolkata and I had the honour of sitting right next to her. Though she didn’t speak, she greeted and articulated through her gestures. Pretty much like her performances.”

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