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His father Shyam Shankar Chowdhurya noted barrister, was employed with the Maharaja of Jhalawar in Rajasthan at the time of his eldest son's birth, while his mother Hemangini Devi was descended from a zamindari family. His father was conferred the title, 'Harchowdhury' by the Nawabsbut he preferred to use the surname ' Chowdhury ' minus 'Har. Of his siblings, Bhupendra died young in

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Of his siblings, Bhupendra died young in At his Gazipur school, he learnt music and photography from Ambika Charan Mukhopaddhay, his Drawing and Crafts teacher.

School of Art and then to Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Here he married an English woman and practised law, before becoming an amateur impresariointroducing Indian dance and music to Britain. He danced at a few charity performances that his father had organized in London, and on one such occasion, noted Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova happened to be present.

This was to have a lasting impact on his career. Uday Shankar did not have any formal training in any of the Indian classical dance forms.

Nevertheless, his presentations were creative. He decided to bring elements of both the styles together to create a new dance, which he called Hi-dance.

He went on to translate classical Indian dance forms and their iconography to dance movements, after studying the Rajput painting and Mughal painting styles at the British Museum.

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Soon his interaction with such artists grew and so did the idea to transform Indian dance into a contemporary form. The turning point came with his first meetings with legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

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She was looking for artists to collaborate on India-based themes. Later he continued to conceive and choreograph ballets, including one based on the Ajanta Caves frescoeswhich was performed across the United States. Shankar returned to India inalong with a French pianist, Simon Barbiere, who was now his disciple and dance partner, and a Swiss sculptress, Alice Bonerwho wanted to study Indian art history.

He was welcomed by Rabindranath Tagore himself, who also persuaded him to open a performing arts school in India.

Together with musicians Vishnu Dass Shirali and Timir Baran, he created a new template for music to accompany his newly devised movements. His first series of dance performances were held on 3 Marchat the Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris, which was to become his base as he toured through Europe.

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As part of the visit, a reception was held at the Grand Central Art Galleries. Meanwhile, his brother Ravi Shankar was helping to popularise Indian classical music in the outside world. Also present there were Michel Chekhov, nephew of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, the German modern dancer-choreographer, Kurt Jooss and another German Rudolf Labanwho had invented a system of dance notation.

This experience only added more exuberance to his expressionist dance.

The centre, however, closed after four years indue to a paucity of funds. As his students dispersed, he regrouped his energies and headed South, where he made his only film, Kalpana Imagination inbased on his dance, in which both he and his wife Amala Shankar danced.

The film was produced and shot at Gemini StudiosMadras. In he was awarded the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademithe Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution to Indian dance Personal life[ edit ] Uday married his dance partner Amala Shankar, and together they had a son Ananda Shankar born in and a daughter Mamata Shankar born in Ananda Shankar became a musician and composer who trained with Dr.

Lalmani Misra rather than with his uncle, Ravi Shankar, and in time became known for his fusion music, encompassing both European and Indian music styles. Mamata Shankar, a dancer like her parents, became a noted actress, working in films by Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.

As a tribute to Uday Shankar, and to consolidate his legacy, Amala Shankar worked hard to present to the world - choreographs of Shankar, as well as new innovations created with help of Guru P. Raghavan Kathakali Guru at the Centre for 45 yearsand her team of dedicated and wonderful musicians.

The performing troupe of Uday Shankar India Culture Centre toured widely through the world and within India, with the support of Government of India and private funding bodies. Amala Shankar recreated major productions and dances of Uday Shankar, such as Samanya Kshati, Mahamanav - shadow play, Labour and Machinery Full length dance productions.

She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in She is a living legend at 99 years. In MarchMamata Shankar made a claim [22] through social media, which stated that her school is "the one and only dance institution in the world to teach the authentic Uday Shankar style of dance".Devi: Tales Of The Goddess In Our Time (Penguin originals) [Mrinal Pande] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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