Modern Indian dancer Astad Deboo, recognized for amalgamating Indian and western dance methods, died right here on Thursday, his household mentioned. He was 73, and was recognized with most cancers final month.
Deboo employed his coaching in Indian classical dance types of Kathak in addition to Kathakali to create a novel fusion dance kind.
“He left us within the early hours of December 10, at his dwelling in Mumbai, after a short sickness, bravely borne,” Deboo’s household introduced over Instagram.
“He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances mixed with an loyal dedication to his artwork, matched solely by his large, loving coronary heart that gained him hundreds of buddies and an unlimited, variety of admirers,” the put up mentioned.
In response to Padma Alva, a longtime good friend of Deboo and a former PTI journalist, his funeral was a personal affair because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
“The funeral was held at Worli right here at 11 am. It was a personal funeral due to COVID restrictions. So solely rapid members of the family have been current,” Alva mentioned.
Deboo is famous for creating a contemporary dance vocabulary that was uniquely Indian.
He as soon as mentioned there was a time when most Indians noticed his fashion as “too western” whereas westerners discovered that it was “not Indian sufficient”.
His progressive fashion of Indian dance might have raised some eyebrows within the 1970s and 80s, however the 1990s noticed folks embrace this new idiom.
Recalling their bond of over 4 a long time, Alva mentioned she has misplaced a a “good friend of a lifetime.””Astad referred to as me a number of days in the past to say it was goodbye.
We have been in contact every single day until Monday when he went beneath, by no means to come back up once more. Have misplaced a good friend of 45 years, a good friend of a lifetime,” Alva mentioned.
Actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter to pay tributes to the dance icon and wrote Deboo’s artwork can be missed.
“World of recent dance has misplaced a pioneer and India has misplaced a cultural treasure. Dearest #AstadDeboo it was a privilege to know you. Will miss your artwork, heat persona and your infectious smile! Relaxation in peace my good friend!!#OmShanti,” Kher mentioned.
Movie maker Nandita Das mentioned Deboo had a whole lot of dance nonetheless left in him.
“Simply too unhappy. Knew him and admired him since I used to be a toddler. You continue to had a lot to supply #AstadDeboo I’ve misplaced too many family members this 12 months,” Das wrote.
Describing Deboo as a “powerhouse of expertise”,music composer Ehsaan Noorani tweeted that the dancer was a person “who pushed the size of dance.”Casting director Tess Joseph mentioned Deboo was not solely a beneficiant particular person however a “visionary and gorgeous dancer.” “When Astad danced, time did stand nonetheless,” Joseph mentioned.
Born on July 13, 1947 in Navsari city of Gujarat, the dancer, who studied Kathak with Guru Prahlad Das from a younger age, and later Kathakali with Guru E Okay Pannicker, described his fashion as “modern in vocabulary and conventional in restraint”.
With a dance profession spanning half a century, he had carried out in over 70 nations, together with solo, group and collaborative choreography with artistes, at dwelling and overseas.
Identified for his charitable endeavours, Deboo labored with deaf kids, each in India and overseas for 20 years.
In 2002, he based the Astad Deboo Dance Basis which offered inventive coaching to marginalised sections, together with the differently-abled.
“He has created a dance-theatre fashion which efficiently assimilates Indian and Western methods,” mentioned the quotation for the the Sangeet Natak Akademi award he obtained in 1995 for his contribution to modern inventive dance. He was additionally a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2007.
Deboo additionally forayed into different artwork disciplines, like movies, choreographing for administrators resembling Mani Ratnam, Vishal Bhardwaj and legendary painter M F Hussain’’s “Meenaxi: A Story of Three Cities”.