Renowned danseuse Amala Shankar turns 100

Prime News, National, Entertainment, Art, Kolkata, June 27:- Eminent danseuse and choreographer Amala Shankar turned 100 today and her family members have decided to make the occasion memorable with an exhibition on her photographs and paintings.

A film, starring Amala Shankar and her husband and classical dancer Uday Shankar, has also been scheduled for screening at the three-day exhibition, which begins tomorrow, her family members said.

The 1948 Hindi film ‘Kalpana’, directed by Uday Shankar, revolves around a young dancer’s dream of setting up a dance academy.

The centenarian, who had been active even in her early 90s, was awarded Banga Vibhushan by the state government in 2011 for her contributions in the field of art.

“Maa took part in a dance drama, ‘Sita Swayamvar’, at the age of 92. She essayed the role of the King Janaka. She also took part in a dance piece for ‘Missing You’ the same year. It was composed by (her son) Ananda Shankar. That was her last stage performance,” her daughter and actor Mamata Shankar said.

Besides being a dancer of repute, Amala Shankar also took interest in paintings. -(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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