Famous Indian Dancers

In India, dance is synonymous to a form of expression, be it anger as is expressed in the ‘Tandava Nrutya’ or the subtle gestures in Mohiniyattam, Odishi and other classical dance forms. Each state has its own folk dance which upheld its own traditional forms like the Bahngra and Gidda of Punjab, Bihu dance of Assam, Garbha in Gujarat, Chhau dance of West Bengal. The country has been a home to many exceptionally talented classical as well as contemporary dancers. In Bollywood, we have seen marvelous dancers like Saroj Khan, Shiamak Davar and Prabhudeva. There are many artists who have made a name for themselves in the world of contemporary dance like Ashley Lobo, Terence Lewis and Uday Shankar. Many of these famous Indian dancers have come up with their own dance academies to train the young budding dancers. Here we bring to you their inspiring life stories on how they braved financial obstacles and social opposition but never lost sight of their dreams. Explore through our collection of biographies of these famous Indian dancers to know more about their works and achievements, timelines and some interesting facts and trivia related to their lives.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Prabhu Deva

Prabhu Deva.
8
Famous As: Film director, Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
Birthdate: April 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mysore

 2 Hema Malini

Hema Malini.
11
Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film director, Film producer, Dancer, Film actor
Birthdate: October 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu
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 3 Pawan Kalyan

Pawan Kalyan.
10
Famous As: Film director, Actor, Choreographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bapatla

 4 Asha Parekh

Asha Parekh.
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

 5 Manju Warrier

Manju Warrier.
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India

 6 Aishwarya R. Dhanush

Aishwarya R. Dhanush
6
Famous As: Film director, Dancer
Birthdate: January 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai
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 7 Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari
10
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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 8 Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 9 Raghav Juyal

Raghav Juyal
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: India

 10 N. T. Rama Rao Jr.

N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
10
Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 11 Sanjeeda Sheikh

Sanjeeda Sheikh.
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuwait City

Sanjeeda Sheikh is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi television industry. Over the years, Sanjeeda Sheikh has cemented her position as one of the most beautiful, popular, and talented actresses in the television industry. Also renowned for her dancing skills, she has won dance reality competition shows like Nach Baliye 3 and Zara Nachke Dikha 2.

 12 Javed Jaffrey

Javed Jaffrey
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malliwala, Uttar Pradesh, India

 13 Shobana

Shobana
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Shobana is an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and film actress. Widely regarded as one of the best Bharatanatyam dancers, Shobana was honored with the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2006. She is also renowned for her acting skills, winning two National Film Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Manichitrathazhu (1993) and Mitr, My Friend (2001).

 14 Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasargod, Kerala, India

 15 Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 16 Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 17 Vani Ganapathy

Vani Ganapathy.
3
Famous As: Classical Dancer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Indian classical dancer Vani Ganapathy now owns a Bangalore-based dance school called Sanchari. She is also known as veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s first wife and appeared with Haasan in a dance sequence in the Tamil film Melnaattu Marumagal. She was also Haasan’s costume designer for a while.

 18 Terence Lewis

Terence Lewis.
3
Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: April 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai
Indian choreographer Terence Lewis is best known for his choreography in Hindi films such as Lagaan and Jhankaar Beats, and has won an American Choreography Award for the former. He has judged shows such as Dance India Dance and Nach Baliye 5. He also owns a dance academy in Mumbai.

 19 Gracy Singh

Gracy Singh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 20 Revathi

Revathi
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cochin, Kerala, India

 21 Remo D'Souza

Remo D'Souza
11
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 22 Juliet Prowse

Juliet Prowse.
5
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: September 14, 1996

Juliet Prowse was an actress and dancer whose stage, film, and TV career spanned 40 years. She gained prominence during the 1960s by appearing in films like Can-Can and G.I. Blues, which accentuated her dancing skills and her attractive legs. Towards the end of her career, Juliet Prowse hosted PBS' Championship Ballroom Dance Competition

 23 Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director, Choreographer, Singer, Lyricist, Philanthropist, Composer
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India

 24 Surveen Chawla

Surveen Chawla
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

 25 Bhanupriya

Bhanupriya
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh

 26 Saroj Khan

Saroj Khan
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Famous As: Dance Choreographers
Birthdate: November 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay State, India

 27 Vikrant Massey

Vikrant Massey
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 28 Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
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Famous As: Film director, Choreographer
Birthdate: May 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolavennu, Andhra Pradesh, India

 29 Deeksha Seth

Deeksha Seth
3
Famous As: Film Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 30 Vineeth

Vineeth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thalassery, Kerala, India

 31 Sukanya

Sukanya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Apart from being a talented Bharatnatyam dancer, Sukanya has also made her mark as an actor in South Indian films. She won a Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Innathe Chintha Vishayam. She has also appeared in series and has released two devotional albums.

 32 Sukumari

Sukumari
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Travancore, British India (present-day Tamil Nadu, India)
Died: March 26, 2013

 33 Rukmini Devi Arundale

Rukmini Devi Arundale.
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Famous As: Bharatnatyam Dancer
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: February 24, 1986

 34 Debashree Roy

Debashree Roy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 35 Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai.
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Famous As: Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Birthdate: May 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

 36 Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj.
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Famous As: Kathak Dancer
Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Varanasi

 37 Padmini

Padmini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, India
Died: September 24, 2006

 38 Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai.
2
Famous As: Classical Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerala
Died: January 21, 2016

 39 Protima Bedi

Protima Bedi
3
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi
Died: August 18, 1998

 40 Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti.
3
Famous As: Video Jockey
Birthdate: January 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vasai, Maharashtra, India

Maria Goretti is an Indian video jockey who has hosted several popular shows. She was interested in music and performing from an early age and often participated in school and college programs. She went on to become a famous VJ on MTV and has also hosted shows on other channels. She is married to actor Arshad Warsi. 

 41 Vaibhavi Merchant

Vaibhavi Merchant
3
Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: India

 42 Ankush Hazra

Ankush Hazra
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bardhaman, West Bengal, India

 43 Krishna Vamsi

Krishna Vamsi
3
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tadepalligudem, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

 44 Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

Lakshmi Gopalaswamy
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

 45 Zohra Sehgal

Zohra Sehgal.
10
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saharanpur, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
Died: July 10, 2014

Zohra Sehgal was an Indian dancer, choreographer, and actress. Regarded as one of the most prominent Indian dancers of all time, Zohra Sehgal influenced and inspired several aspiring Indian dancers and actresses. She had won several prestigious honors, such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.

 46 Muktha

Muktha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolenchery, Kerala, India

 47 Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani.
3
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: India

 48 Kala

Kala
2
Famous As: dancer, choreographer
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai

 49 Kalaranjini

Kalaranjini
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kerala, India

 50 Sheela Rajkumar

Sheela Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actress, Classical dancer
Birthdate: June 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jayankondam, Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu, India