Renowned Indian actor and choreographer Zohra Sehgal passed away in New Delhi on Thursday.
Born Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtazullah Khan in 1912 in a Muslim family in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Sehgal was 102. She grew up near Dehradun and pursued her higher education at Queen Mary College Lahore.
Sehgal travelled from Lahore to Europe by car and boat, crossing Iran, Syria, Damascus and Egypt. In Europe, she was admitted to a ballet school in Dresden. Sehgal started her career as a dancer in Uday Shankar's dance troupe in 1935 and went on to choreograph for a few Hindi films as well.
Sehgal appeared in many TV productions including The Jewel in the Crown and My Beautiful Laundrette. Known as the grand old lady of Bollywood during a career spanning eight decades, she last appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya in 2007.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2014.
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