Shanta Gandhi dead

NEW DELHI MAY 9. Shanta Gandhi, eminent theatre person and Sangeet Natak Akademi

Award-winner, passed away in Mumbai early this week

A founder-member of the central ballet troupe of the Indian Peoples Theatre Association, she toured the country widely in the 1950s. Her production of a Gujarati Bhavai, `Jasma Odan', became a landmark in contemporary Indian theatre.

Founder-member of Avehi, an education resource centre, Ms Gandhi has been honoured with the Soviet Land Nehru Award and the Padma Shree also.

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