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Uday Shankar Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : December 8, 2022

Short Biography

Uday Shankar was born on 08-12-1900 in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India. He was an Indian Dancer & Choreographer. He was renowned among individuals for his choreography and a fusion form of dance. He is also known as the father of modern Indian dance.

Other Name: Uday Shankar Chowdhury
Other Professions: Choreographer
Appearance: Bengali

Uday Shankar Complete Bio & Career

Shankar completed his primary study from the local school of Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Here, he also learned about photography and music from his art and craft teacher Mrs. Ambika Charan Mukhopaddha. After his elementary education, the dancer moved to Mumbai for his higher education. He admitted to J.J. School of Art where he did his bachelor’s degree in fine arts & sculptures.
Furthermore, Uday went to Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi. Here, he learned about classical dance and music but left the college in between because his father moved to London. Therefore, at the age of 20, the choreographer transferred to London and done his study from the Royal College of Art. He also acquired knowledge about painting from the famous painter “William Rothenstein”.
After completing his studies, the dancer started his initial profession as a classical dancer. He was best known for his creations that he made in dance. When Uday was in Europe he drove a new dance form from Indian classical and folk dance named “Hi” dance which is later on known as creative dance. In which, he took some steps from classical dance and some from ballet.
Later on, he went to Britain where he gave several performances in a group and got fame due to his talent. He also moved to Rome and took “Prix the Rome” scholarship of the French Government which is given to those pupils who drive new kinds of art. Soon, Shankar’s name grew up in famous dance artists and he started taking part in contemporary dance performances.
Also, his life changed too when he met with “Ballerina Anna Pavlova”, the renowned legendary ballet dancer from Russia. She was looked for a dance partner to collaborate for a dance performance which is based on the Hindu theme “Radha-Krishna”. After met with Uday, she decided to perform with him in the role of “Radha-Krishna” and they gave duet presentation on stage in Russia. Anna was a ballet dancer. Therefore, Shankar worked with her one and a half years.
After that, he created his series of dance. In which, his first series of dance was performed in 3rd March 1931 in Paris at Champs Elysees Theater. Besides this, he formed his group with the name “Shankar and Hindu Ballet”. He performed the first time in New York, America with his group in 1933. After that, he presented his dance in 84 cities.
In 1938, he established his center with the name “Uday Shankar India Cultural Centre” at Simtola, Uttrakhand, India where he taught different kinds of dance to his students such as Kathakali, Bharatnatyam and so forth. Due to a shortage of funds, his center was closed after 4 years in 1942. He also made his own film “Kalpana” in 1948 which is based on dance where his wife and he acted.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 1971 Arts
 - He was awarded by Sangeet Natak Academy for his contribution to Indian dance in 1960.
 - In Addition to it, he was awarded Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship in 1962.
 - He also honored with Padam Vibhushan award in 1971 for his creativity and talent
 - He was honored and awarded by Visva Bharti University in 1975.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Uday Shankar died on 26-09-1977 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India at age of 76.

DEATHDAY 26 September,1977 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Kolkata, West Bengal

Uday Shankar Family, Relatives and Other Relations

As a relationship status, Uday proposed his dance partner Amala when they were staying at Chennai, India for their dance performance. Her spouse accepted his proposal and after 2 years of relationship, they got married in 1942. They had 2 children from this marriage. They gave birth to their elder son named “Ananda Shankar” in December 1942 and daughter named “Mamata Shankar” in January 1955.

Moreover, his son “Ananda Shankar” is working as a famous composer and musician, and his daughter “Mamata Shankar” is also a popular noted actress and dancer.

Life's Important Dates Of Uday Shankar

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Udaipur
Religion Hindu
Address Kolkata, West Bengal
School J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
College Royal College of Art, London
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Dancing, Reading
Marital Status Married
Debut Radha-Krishna Ballet, 1923
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black, White, Blue
Favorite Brand Duke
Favorite Player Kapil Dev
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favorite Actress Rekha
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachchan
Favorite Film Director A. G. Kripal Singh
Favorite Movie Nagina, Sholay, Kaalia
Favorite Singer Jagjit Singh
Favorite Song Hindi and Tamil songs
Favorite Place Europe
Favorite Dress Dhoti-Kurta
Favorite Food South Indian Cuisines
Favorite Accessories Ear-pin

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Uday Shankar

  • His full name is Uday Shankar Chowdhury.
  • Uday did not take any kind of training in dance. He created dance forms in his own way, for which he became famous among people.
  • He died on 26 September 1977 but his creations will always be remembered by people until life on earth.
  • The famous and hard-working dancer had zodiac sign ''Taurus'' that represents bull constellation. Individuals with this sign are more intelligent, stubborn, self-dependent, hardworking, and dedicated about their passion like Shankar.
  • He designed the fusion style of dance by the mixture of European theatrical techniques into classical dance.

Uday Shankar Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Uday Shankar was 76 years 9 months & 18 days old age.