Astad Deboo, dance pioneer, passes away

Mumbai: Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said in a brief announcement.

He was 73.

Deboo is noted for creating a modern dance vocabulary that was uniquely Indian.

He “has created a dance-theatre style which successfully assimilates Indian and Western techniques”, said the citation for the the Sangeet Natak Akademi he received in 1995 for his contribution to contemporary creative dance and a Padma Shri in 2007.

“He has experimented with a variety of forms, themes, concepts and performance spaces, and has collaborated with other dancers, composers and designers to create innovative works of aesthetic value,” it said.

"His works represent an important segment in contemporary dance expression in India". Asianet Online