Indian Women Dancers

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Vani Ganapathy
(Classical Dancer)
Vani Ganapathy
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Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
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.
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Mrinalini Sarabhai
(Classical Dancer and Choreographer)
Mrinalini Sarabhai
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Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerala
Died: January 21, 2016

Padma Shri- and Padma Bhushan-winning classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai received a unique education, having been part of both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Shantiniketan. She specialized in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali, and later launched her own dance academy, along with her physicist husband Vikram Sarabhai.

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Mallika Sarabhai
(Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer)
Mallika Sarabhai
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Birthdate: May 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

Mallika Sarabhai is an Indian classical dancer, activist, and actress. She is best known as the daughter of prominent space scientist Vikram Sarabhai. An accomplished Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, Mallika Sarabhai uses the dance forms to bring about a social change. She is the recipient of Gujarat's prestigious Gaurav Puraskar and India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.

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

Rukmini Devi Arundale was an Indian dancer and choreographer. An exponent of Bharatanatyam, Rukmini Devi helped revive the original sadhir style of the dance form. She also popularized Bharatanatyam among Indian upper-caste elites for which she was named in India Today's 100 People Who Shaped India list. In 1956, Rukmini Devi Arundale was honored with the Padma Bhushan.

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Saroj Khan
(One of the Most Influential Indian Dance Choreographers of Hindi Cinema)
Saroj Khan
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Birthdate: November 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: July 3, 2020

Saroj Khan was an Indian dancer and choreographer best remembered for her work in Hindi cinema. The first female choreographer in Bollywood, Khan choreographed over 3000 movie songs in an illustrious career spanning more than four decades. Saroj Khan was honored with several prestigious awards, including three National Film Awards under the Best Choreography category.

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Vaibhavi Merchant
(Dancer, Choreographer, Actor)
Vaibhavi Merchant
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Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: India
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Isha Sharvani
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Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: India
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Kala
(dancer, choreographer)
Kala
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Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai
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Gauhar Jaan
(She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India)
Gauhar Jaan
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Birthdate: June 26, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Azamgarh, India
Died: January 17, 1930
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Sonal Mansingh
(Odissi Dancer)
Sonal Mansingh
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Birthdate: April 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai

Sonal Mansingh is an Indian classical dancer best known for her skills as an Odissi and Bharatanatyam dancer. Over the years, Mansingh has been honored with several prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. In 2003, she became only the second woman after Balasaraswati to be honored with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

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Prabha
(Indian Actress and Kuchipudi Dancer)
Prabha
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Birthplace: Tenali, Andra Pradesh, India

Prabha is an Indian Kuchipudi dancer and actress best known for her work in the Telugu film industry. The recipient of two Nandi Awards, Prabha has acted alongside popular stars like Akkineni Nageswara Rao and N. T. Rama Rao. As a Kuchipudi dancer, Prabha has given 40 performances in the United States of America.

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Vidhya Mohan
(Actress)
Vidhya Mohan
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Birthdate: April 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kottayam, Kerala, India
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Paris Laxmi
(She runs the Kalashakti School of Arts in Vaikom, Kerala)
Paris Laxmi
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Birthdate: July 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
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Yamini Krishnamurthy
(Indian Classical Dancer)
Yamini Krishnamurthy
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Birthdate: December 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madanapalle, India

Yamini Krishnamurthy is an Indian dancer best known for her skills in popular dance forms like Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. She is credited with founding the Yamini School of Dance where she teaches. Yamini Krishnamurthy has been honored with many awards, such as the Padma Vibhushan. She also has the honor of being a resident dancer of the Tirupati temple.

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Balasaraswati
(Indian Classical Dancer)
Balasaraswati
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Birthdate: May 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 9, 1984

T. Balasaraswati was an Indian dancer best remembered for her contribution to the popular classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. Balasaraswati is credited with popularizing the dance form throughout India and in different parts of the world. In 1977, she was honored with India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan. In 1981, she received the prestigious Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award.

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Kumari Kamala
Kumari Kamala
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Birthdate: June 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mayiladuthurai
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Indrani Rahman
(Dancer)
Indrani Rahman
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Birthdate: September 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 5, 1999

Indrani Rahman was an Indian dancer who could perform multiple classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathakali, and Kuchipudi. Rahman is credited with popularizing dance forms like Odissi in the west. In 1969, she was honored with the Padma Shri Award for her contribution to Indian classical dance. In 1981, Indrani Rahman won the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

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Sonu Satheesh Kumar
(Indian Actress and Classical Dancer)
Sonu Satheesh Kumar
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Birthplace: India
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Sashimani
(Dancer)
Sashimani
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Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Odisha, India
Died: March 19, 2015