When he danced it seemed as if Lord Shiva and Kartikeya had come alive on stage. Through his dazzling performances and intricately choreographed shows Uday Shankar: Twentieth Century’s Nataraja introduced the art of Indian dance to the world.
Uday Shankar’s talents as a dancer and choreographer were first recognized by the legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and he partnered her in several performances.
A prize winning student at the Royal Academy of Arts, he could have become a painter but instead he chose to dance. He was one of the first dancers to present Indian dance in a new, innovative style and his dance company toured Europe and America to great Acclaim.
Ashoke Kumar Mukhopadhyay