Uma Anand

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Born1923 (1923)
Lahore, Pakistan
Died13 November 2009(2009-11-13) (aged 85–86)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Journalist, Actress, Broadcaster
(m. 1943;died 1997)
Children2; Ketan Anand and Vivek Anand

Uma Anand (1923 – 13 November 2009) was an Indian journalist, actress, and a broadcaster in the mid-1900s.


She was born in 1923 in Lahore, Pakistan to a prominent Bengali Christian family. One of her sisters, Indu Mitha, is a Bharatnatyam exponent based in Pakistan. Uma was the wife of the prominent Bollywood film director Chetan Anand (married in 1943) [1] and mother of Ketan Anand and Vivek Anand. She worked as an actress in Neecha Nagar (1946). She also wrote Taxi Driver with her husband Chetan and her brother-in-law Vijay Anand, that starred her mother's cousin Kalpana Kartik [2] and her brother-in-law Dev Anand. [3] After estrangement from her husband, she became a companion of Ebrahim Alkazi. [4] She died on 13 November, 2009. [5]


From 1965 to 1981, Anand was an editor of Sangeet Natak, a journal published by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. She also wrote many children books that were translated and published in different Indian languages by National Book Trust of India. [6] Her last book, Chetan Anand: The Poetics of Film, was co-authored with her eldest son Ketan Anand, [7] and it portrayed life in the theatre and cinema in Mumbai, India in the early 1940s and 1950s.


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