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Uday Shankar dance academy in Almora

It a place where dance maestro Uday Shankar once stayed and introduced a unique style of dance ”the fusion of local ballet and classical dance." Decades later, Falsima, near Almora in Uttarakhand, will witness a gala opening of a prestigious dance academy which has been named after him.

india Updated: May 23, 2010 11:49 IST
Deep Joshi

It a place where dance maestro Uday Shankar once stayed and introduced a unique style of dance "the fusion of local ballet and classical dance." Decades later, Falsima, near Almora in Uttarakhand, will witness a gala opening of a prestigious dance academy which has been named after him.

"The building in which Uday Shankar Academy of Dance and Music will be housed is now ready at Falsima. The academy will, however, be inaugurated shortly," revealed the Director of the State Directorate of Culture, Beena Bhatt.

Incidentally, Falsima is a quiet, hilly place about 7 km from Almora where Uday Shankar experimented with classical dance and music.

"The maestro also invented one more famous style of dance during his sojourn in Almora. This style of dance is known as the fusion of the famous local ballet known as 'Kumaoni Ram Lila' and the classical style of dance, of which Uday Shankar was indeed a great master," Bhatt said. "This form of fusion dance will be one of a number of dance and music related subjects that will form the syllabus of the academy," she revealed.

Although not many know this, two Bollywood personalities also stayed with Uday Shankar for some time during his sojourn in Almora -- Zohra Sehgal and Guru Dutt.