Renowned danseuse Amala Shankar passes away in Kolkata

Amala Shankar, the renowned dancer died in Kolkata on Friday morning at the age of 101. Wife of Uday Shankar, the legendary dancer who was instrumental in popularising Indian fusion dance across the world, Amala Shankar learned dancing in the 1930s. She was one of path-breakers for Indian women who rarely performed on public stage at those times.

Born as Amala Nandy, in 1919 at Jessore, now in Bangladesh, she was keen on arts and music from an early age and she received abundant encouragement from her father who was a prominent businessman.

In 1931, Amala Shankar met Uday Shankar at the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris, when she was only 11 years old.

She joined Uday Shankar’s dance troupe and started performing across the world and thus began a historic journey.

In a condolence message, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Amala Shankar’s death is an “irreparable” loss in the world of dance.