Farewell, Astad Deboo

December 10, 2020 7:31:03 PM IST
MTG editorial

MTG mourns the passing of dancer and choreographer, Astad Deboo, who took contemporary Indian dance to the world.

Born on July 13, 1947 in Navsari, Gujarat, he studied Kathak with Guru Prahlad Das from a young age, and later Kathakali with Guru E K Pannicker, as well as learning with Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Pina Bausch to create his own unique fusion style. He also collaborated with other performers, NGOs, musicians and choreographed for a few plays. In his career spanning half a century, he performed in over 70 countries. He was honoured with awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 and the a Padma Shri in 2007.

Anupam Kher tweeted, "World of modern dance has lost a pioneer and India has lost a cultural treasure. Dearest #AstadDeboo it was a privilege to know you. Will miss your art, warm persona and your infectious smile! Rest in peace my friend!! "

Musician TM Krishna twitted, "So saddened by the passing of Astad Deboo. He was a very special and generous human being, visionary and stunning dancer. When Astad danced, time did stand still!"

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