Zohra Sehgal

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Sehgal (front left) with the Uday Shankar Ballet Troupe in the 1930s.

Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan (Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan; 27 April 1912 – 10 July 2014), was better known by her stage name Zohra Sehgal. She was an Indian actress and choreographer. Sehgal started her career as dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935. She also worked with him for the next eight years.

She has been in many Bollywood movies as a character actor. She has also been in English language movies and television shows. She has appeared in Bhaji on the Beach (1992), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Dil Se.. (1998) and Cheeni Kum (2007), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–87), Amma and Family (1996). She retired in 2007.

Sehgal was born in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh in 1912.[1] She grew up in an aristocratic Muslim family.[2] She received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, in 2010.[3] She described herself as an agnostic, having been an atheist in her youth.[4]

Sehgal died in a hospital in New Delhi from cardiac arrest caused by pneumonia on 10 July 2014 at the age of 102. [5]

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  1. Traversing Tradition: Celebrating Dance in India, eds, Urmimala Sarkar Munsi; Stephanie Burridge (London: Routledge, 2011), p. 299
  2. Traversing Tradition: Celebrating Dance in India, eds, Urmimala Sarkar Munsi; Stephanie Burridge (London: Routledge, 2011), p. 293
  3. "This Year's Padma Awards announced". Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. "Ninety and spunky". The Hindu. 19 December 2002. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  5. "Zohra Sehgal Dies at 102". India Today.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014.

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