Veteran dancer, Amala Shankar, who hailed from the Indian state of Bengal passed away at the age of 101 today. Bengal CM: Mamta Banerjee paid her condolences to Amala’s family through a tweet. Amala was conferred Banga Bibushan by the Bengal State Government back in 2011. A popular dancer from Kolkata (Calcutta) Amala Shankar breathed her last yesterday. The 101-year-old passed away at her Kolkata home yesterday morning. She was the wife of legendary dancer cum choreographer Uday Shankar, who popularized Indian fusion dance all across the world.
Talking about Amala’s dancing skills. She learned them in British Era India back in the Year 1930 and became a path-breaker for the women back then who were not allowed to perform in public. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee paid her condolences with a tweet that read,
“Saddened at the passing away of legendary danseuse Amala Di (Shankar). She was an inspiration for dancers across generations. Her demise is the end of an era. We had conferred the Banga Bibhushan award on her in 2011. My heartfelt condolences to her family and her many admirers.”
Have a look at her tweet below:
Talking about Amala’s personal life. She was born to a merchant family as Amala Nandy in 1919 in Jessore, which is now a part of present-day Bangladesh. Amala had an interest in both education and arts since childhood. Amala met her husband: Uday Shankar by luck in France in 1930, at the tender age of 11. On her mother Hemangini Devi’s request, Amala was left alone with the troupe. She impressed Uday Shankar both with her dance and expressions, after which Uday and Amala were successful in their career. Uday proposed to Amala in 1939 and they became a married couple in 1942.
Around 9 years ago, Amala was awarded Banga Bibhushan by the Bengal government in 2011 for her contribution to art. Amala also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna award in 2012.