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.

Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai
09 May 1954
Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Mrinalini Sarabhai Mrinalini Sarabhai
11 May 1918
Classical Dancer and Choreographer

Sanjeeda SheikhSanjeeda Sheikh
20 December 1984
Actress

Vani GanapathyVani Ganapathy
 
Classical Dancer

Juliet ProwseJuliet Prowse
25 September 1936
Dancer

Birju MaharajBirju Maharaj
04 February 1938
Kathak Dancer
Rukmini Devi ArundaleRukmini Devi Arundale
29 February 1904
Bharatnatyam Dancer

Sonal MansinghSonal Mansingh
30 April 1944
Odissi Dancer

Malaika AroraMalaika Arora
23 October 1973
Actress

Terence LewisTerence Lewis
10 April 1975
Dancer & Choreographer
Kamal HaasanKamal Haasan
07 November 1954
Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director,

Hema MaliniHema Malini
16 October 1948
Actor, Politician, Film director, Film producer,
N. T. Rama Rao Jr.N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
20 May 1983
Actor, Dancer

Pawan KalyanPawan Kalyan
02 September 1971
Film director, Actor, Choreographer, Screenwriter

Prabhu DevaPrabhu Deva
03 April 1973
Film director, Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
Javed JaffreyJaved Jaffrey
04 December 1963
Actor

Sudha ChandranSudha Chandran
27 September 1965
Actress
Manju WarrierManju Warrier
10 September 1978
Actress

Asha ParekhAsha Parekh
02 October 1942
Actress

Aishwarya R. DhanushAishwarya R. Dhanush
01 January 1982
Film director, Dancer
Arshad WarsiArshad Warsi
19 April 1968
Actor

Kavya MadhavanKavya Madhavan
19 September 1984
Actress
Gracy SinghGracy Singh
20 July 1980
Actress

Ankush HazraAnkush Hazra
14 February 1989
Actor

Raghav JuyalRaghav Juyal
10 July 1991
Actor

Krishna VamsiKrishna Vamsi
27 July 1962
Director
Debashree RoyDebashree Roy
13 June 1961
Actress
Pallavi ShardaPallavi Sharda
05 March 1990
Actress

Saroj KhanSaroj Khan
22 November 1948
Dance Choreographers

Isha SharvaniIsha Sharvani
29 September 1985
Dancer

Vaibhavi MerchantVaibhavi Merchant
17 December 1975
Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
Zohra SehgalZohra Sehgal
27 April 1912
Actress

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Protima BediProtima Bedi
12 October 1948
Model

Uday ShankarUday Shankar
08 December 1900
Choreographer, Dancer

KalaKala
05 February 1971
dancer, choreographer

Kumari KamalaKumari Kamala
16 June 1934
 
Kovelamudi Raghavendra RaoKovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
23 May 1942
Film director, Choreographer

N. T. Rama Rao, Jr.N. T. Rama Rao, Jr.
20 May 1983
Actor