Pavlova and Shankar

Pavlova and Shankar

In 1923 Anna Pavlova invited Uday Shankar, a young dancer from Udaipur in Rajasthan, to collaborate and appear with her in the ballet, Radha Krishna. They had met when Pavlova toured India in 1923. Uday Shankar had had no formal training in classical Indian dance but, encouraged by the Maharaja of Jhalawar (to whom his father was secretary), he had developed a great knowledge of Indian art. It was Uday Shankar who really introduced Indian dance to the West. After touring extensively across India learning the folk dances and traditions of classical dance, he returned to Paris in 1931. There, he began to choreograph his modern Indian dance, which drew inspiration from the dance traditions of India. His work influenced many modern dance choreographers of this period, including Martha Graham and Ruth St Denis. Shankar toured extensively across Europe and visited London on many occasions.