Monday, February 6, 2017

Indrani Rehman

Yesterday was   the death anniversary of Indrani Rehman, an Indian Classical dancer who performed Bharat Natyam, Odisi, Kuchipudi and Kathakali and popularised all these dance forms in the West.
Born Indrani Bajpai, to an Indian father and an American mother in 1930, she won the Miss India title in 1952. Her mother shunned her American identity,adopted Hinduism, and came to be known as Ragini Devi.She showed keen interest in Indian classical dance, learnt dancing, became a celebrity dancer and opened a dancing Company.Indrani, when she grew up joined her mother's dancing company and soon became well versed in all forms of dancing.
She popularised dancing by holding concerts abroad.She was married to Habib Rehman, the Chief Architect in Government of India . A recipient of Padma Shri in 1969, she also received Sangeet Natak Academy Award.
She migrated to New York in 1979 and settled there.
She died on February 6,  1999 , aged 69 in U.S.
Our humble tributes !

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