Legendary Indian danseuse and choreographer, Amala Shankar turned 100 years old yesterday, amidst a variety of celebrations. Amala Shankar was born on June 27, 1919, in Jessore of then undivided Bengal and was introduced to the world of dance by maestro Uday Shankar, whom she met in France at the age of 12 and married over a decade later. Amala Shankar was Uday Shankar’s primary dance partner and played instrumental roles in his dance productions. She also played the titular role in the feature film Kalpana directed by Uday Shankar. Mother to renowned actor Mamata Shankar and late musician Ananda Shankar, Amala Shankar has played a vital role in carrying forward the legacy of the Uday Shankar dance form for generations.