08 DECEMBER UDAY SHANKAR (1900 to 1977)
Born on 08 December 1900 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Uday Shankar was a dancer and choreographer who revolutionised the classical Indian dance form. Uday Shankar began his formal art training in 1917 and then went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Upon his return to India in 1929, he founded his dance company. Considered the ‘Father of Indian Contemporary Dance,’ Uday Shankar played a pivotal role in fusing Indian and Western culture, showcasing Indian non-classical dance forms. Along with his brother, the renowned sitarist Ravi Shankar, he explored classical and folk dance and created dance dramas that had social relevance. After several full-length ballets, Shankar’s swansong emerged in the 1970s as ‘Shankarscope,’ a seamless blend of film, stage, dance, and drama. In 1962, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement, and in 1971, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. Uday Shankar passed away on 26 September 1977.
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