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Uday Shankar was born in a Bengali family in Jaipur. He was born on 8th December 1880. Uday was renowned for his dancing skills and choreography. ‘Uday Shankar’ was well known for creating fusion art by adapting European theatrical techniques to Indian Classical Dance combined with Indian folk and tribal dance. He made it popular in India, Europe and the United States in the years of 1920s and 1930s.

the fact that he didn’t have any formal training in any of the Indian classical dance forms. He stood out for his creative presentations. since childhood, he was exposed to both Indian classical dance and folk dance, as well as to ballet when he stayed in Europe. That was the time when he decided to bring elements of both the styles together to create a new fusion form of dance which he called ‘Hi-dance’.

‘Modern Dance’ was the title given to the sensational fusion dance.  Then he started his own academy known as the ‘Uday Shankar Centre for Dance’ in 1965 after settling down in Ballygunge, Kolkata.

He received the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship’ in 1962 for his lifetime contribution to ‘Indian Dance’ and ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 1971.


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