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Amala Shankar
অমলা শংকর
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Amala Shankar in 2011
BornAmala Nandy
(1919-06-27) 27 June 1919 (age 99)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Danseuse
Spouse(s) Uday Shankar
Children Ananda Shankar, Mamata Shankar
Parent(s) Akhoy Kumar Nandy (father)

Amala Shankar (Bengali : অমলা শংকর; born 27 June 1919) [1] is an Indian danseuse. [2] She is the wife of Uday Shankar and mother of Ananda Shankar and Mamata Shankar [3] and sister-in-law of Ravi Shankar. [4] [5] Amala Shankar acted in the film Kalpana directed by Uday Shankar.

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Uday Shankar Indian dancer, choreographer, actor

Uday Shankar was an Indian dancer and choreographer, best known for creating a fusion style of dance, adapting European theatrical techniques to Indian classical dance, imbued with elements of Indian classical, folk, and tribal dance, which he later popularised in India, Europe, and the United States in 1920s and 1930s. He was a pioneer of modern dance in India.



Amala Shankar was born as Amala Nandy in 1919. Her father Akhoy Kumar Nandy wanted his children to be interested in nature and villages. [6] In 1931, when she was 11 years old she went to the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris. Here she met Uday Shankar and his family. Amala at that time was wearing a frock. Uday Shankar's mother Hemangini Devi gave her a Saree to wear. She joined Uday Shankar's dance troupe and performed across the world. [3]

Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar in 1941 Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar in 1941.jpg
Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar in 1941

In 1939 when she was staying in Chennai with Uday Shankar's dance group, one day came to Amala at night and gave her marriage proposal. [7] Uday Shankar married Amala in 1942. [7] Their first son Ananda Shankar was born in December, 1942. [8] Their daughter Mamata Shankar was born in January, 1955. [9] Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar was a popular dance couple for a long time. But, later Uday Shankar was romantically involved with a young girl of his troupe and he produced Chandalika without Amala. [3] Uday Shankar died in 1977. The last few years, the couple lived separately. [3] As of 2012 Amala Shankar is still active and has kept Shankar gharana alive with her daughter Mamata and daughter-in-law Tanushree Shankar. [3] She is the sister-in-law of Ravi Shankar, who was a Sitarist. [10]

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Ananda Shankar was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles. He was married to Tanusree Shankar.

Mamata Shankar Indian actress

Mamata Shankar is an Indian actress. She is known for her work in Bengali cinema. She has acted in films by directors including Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta and Gautam Ghosh. In addition to being an actress, she is a dancer and choreographer.


Kalpana, 1948 film showing Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar Kalpana, 1948 film showing Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar.gif
Kalpana, 1948 film showing Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar

Amala Shankar acted in the film Kalpana (1948). The film was directed by Uday Shankar. Amala played the character of Uma. Amala Shankar attended 2012 Cannes Film Festival where the film was screened. Amala Shankar told in an interview– "2012 Cannes Film Festival... I was the youngest film star at the Cannes Film Festival... I am revisiting Cannes after a span of 81 years..." [7]

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