Entertainment Desk: The legendary dancer Amala Shankar dies today morning. She was 101 years old at the time of his death. She is thought to have died of old age.
Last month, his family celebrated Amalashankak’s 101st birthday. Then, less than a month later, the news of his death came on Friday morning. The late artist’s granddaughter Srinandashankar shared the news on Facebook on Friday morning.
“Today my Thamma left us at the age of 101. We just celebrated her birthday last month. Feeling so restless that there is no flight from Mumbai to Kolkata. Heartbroken 💔 May her soul Rest in peace. This is an end of an era. Love you Thamma. Thank you everything. #AmalaShankar” posted on Facebook by Sreenanda Shankar, her grand child.
Although the news of the artist’s demise was announced, Srinandashankar did not say anything about the exact cause of his death. However, sources said that he died due to old age.
Amala Shankar was born on 26 June 1919. In 1931, at the age of 11, she participated in the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris. It was at that time that she came in contact with Shankar’s family. After a while she started training with Uday Shankar. They got married in 1942.
In the last four decades of the last century, Uday Shankar and Amla Shankar have gained special fame all over the world. Amla Shankar’s performance as Umar in Kalpana, directed by Uday Shankar, caught everyone’s attention and was also acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival.
Within a few days, they became one of the most famous dancers in the world. The shadow of mourning has descended on the dance world of Bengal with the demise of the proverbial dancer Amala Shankar. Many mourned his death and wished him peace of mind.
Ananda Shankar is the first child of Udaya Shankar and Amala Shankar. And daughter Mamata Shankar was born in January 1955. The whole Shankar family is world famous in the world of dance. Uday Shankar passed away in 1986. Later, daughter Mamata Shankar and daughter-in-law Tanushree Shankar continued the dance tradition in their family. Even today, many students are following the path shown by them. The culture of Bengal is rich in their dance traditions.
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