“He left us in the early hours of December 10, at his home in Mumbai, after a brief illness, bravely borne,” the family announced on social media.
“He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedication to his art, matched only by his huge, loving heart that gained him thousands of friends and a vast number of admirers,” it said.
The announcement said, “The loss to the family, friends, fraternity of dancers, both classical and modern, Indian and international, is inestimable. May he rest in peace. We will miss him.”
The Padma Shri awardee was considered a pioneer of modern dance in India who employed his training in Indian classical dance forms of Kathak as well as
Born on July 13, 1947 in Navsari town of Gujarat,