Actress and former dancer Zohra Sehgal died at a hospital in New Delhi today. She was 102.
Ms Sehgal, born on April 27, 1912, started her career as a dancer in choreographer Uday Shankar's troupe. From 1935 to 1943, she was a leading dancer with the troupe and performed across the world including in USA and Japan. (Also read:
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As an actress, Ms Sehgal appeared in movies as varied as Bhaji On The Beach and Him Dil De Chuke Sanam. She last appeared in Saawariya, a 2007 release.
Zohra Sehgal received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, among other awards.
On Twitter, Ms Sehgal was remembered with respect and affection:
"Prolific & full of life, Zohra Sehgal made a mark through her acting, which is admired across generations. Saddened on her demise," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"T 1541 - Zohra Sehgal passes away at 102 yrs ..what a journey and what an immensely loveable co star ! Prayers for her blessed soul !!," tweeted actor Amitabh Bachchan.
"RIP Zohra Sehgal.....what a life....it's that moment when you truly celebrate the end of such a legendary and glorious era...." wrote director and producer Karan Johar on the micro-blogging site.