Rukmini Devi Arundale, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Rukmini Devi Arundale

Indian Bharatnatyam dancer

Date of Birth: 29-Feb-1904

Place of Birth: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Death: 24-Feb-1986

Profession: politician, dancer

Nationality: India

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Rukmini Devi Arundale

  • Rukmini Devi Neelakanda Sastri (29 February 1904 – 24 February 1986) was an Indian theosophist, dancer and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, and an activist for animal rights and welfare. She was the first woman in Indian history to be nominated a member of the Rajya Sabha.
  • The most important revivalist of Bharatanatyam from its original 'sadhir' style prevalent amongst the temple dancers, the Devadasis, she also worked for the re-establishment of traditional Indian arts and crafts. She espoused the cause of Bharata Natyam which was she considered a vulgar art.
  • She 'sanitised' and removed the inherent eroticism of Sadhir to make it palatable to Victorian British morality and indian upper caste elites. Rukmini Devi features in India Today's list of '100 People Who Shaped India'.
  • She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967.

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