Uday Shankar (1900 - 1977)

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Birthplace: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Death: Died
Occupation: Choreographer
Managed by: Liz B.
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About Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar, the pioneer of modern dance in India, and a world renowned Indian dancer and choreographer, was most known for adapting Western theatrical techniques to traditional Indian classical dance, imbued with elements of Indian classical, folk, and tribal dance, thus laying the roots of modern Indian dance, which he later popularized in India, Europe, and the United States in 1920s and 1930s and effectively placed Indian dance on the world map.

In 1962, he was awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, with its highest award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement, and in 1971, the Govt. of India, awarded him with its second highest civilian award the Padma Vibhushan.

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Uday Shankar's Timeline

December 8, 1900
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
December 1, 1942
Age 41
Almora, Uttar Pradesh, India
September 26, 1977
Age 76