The doyen of Indian classical dance form Kathakali, Milena Salvini, who has passed away, was from which country?

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Austin Dcruz asked 05-Feb-2022 in Current affair by Austin Dcruz

The doyen of Indian classical dance form Kathakali, Milena Salvini, who has passed away, was from which country?


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Anonymous User answered 07-Feb-2022 by Anonymous User
Milena Salvini, an Italian-born dancer who loved Indian traditional art, particularly Kathakali, died in France on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The 84-year-old dancer, who came to Kerala in 1965 to learn Kathakali, founded Centre Mandapa, a school of Indian dance styles in Paris that thrived as a learning center. She supported Kerala Kathakali troupes and organized theatrical performances in several European locations. This aided in the westernization of Indian classical dance. India awarded the Padma Shri prize on her in 2019.

The doyen of Indian classical dance form Kathakali, Milena Salvini, who has passed away, was from which country?

Milena was born in 1938 in Milan, Italy, and lost her father when she was four years old. Her mother took her to France, where she began studying dance and music. In 1962, she was awarded a scholarship to study Kathakali at Kerala Kalamandalam. Milena went to Paris after finishing her studies and planned a trip for a Kathakali ensemble under the UNESCO cultural exchange program.

She was a huge fan of Indian classical dance and regarded Indian performers in high regard. She was attached to every brilliant kathakali dancer of our age. She even used to have Chavitti Uzhichil, a traditional Kathakali body massage.