Contemporary Indian dancer Astad Deboo is no more, and died at the age of 73. He left for his heavenly abode on December 10 at his residence in Mumbai. He was known for Kathak and Kathakali, news of his death was announced by his family on his social media. He was born on July 13, 1947 in Navsari, Gujarat. He studied at Kathak with Guru Prahlad Das under the guidance of Guru E K Pannicker, he innovated a new style of Indian dance.
His family released a statement which read, “He left us in the early hours of December 10, at his home in Mumbai, after a brief illness, bravely borne. He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedication to his art, matched only by his huge, loving heart that gained him thousands of friends and a vast, number of admirers.”
The announcement further read, “The loss to the family, friends, fraternity of dancers, both classical and modern, Indian and international, is inestimable.May he rest in peace. We will miss him.”
He choreographed for the films helmed by Mani Ratnam, Vishal Bhardwaj and also for a film helmed by painter M F Hussain's, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities.
He was also a recipient Padma Shri in the year 2007, he had a career spanning for almost a half a century, he also performed in 70 countries, that included solo, group performance, along with India as well as abroad. He has worked with deaf children in India as well as abroad.
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