- Milena Salvani was an Italian-born French exponent and teacher of Indian classical dance.
- She is, especially, known for her services to Kathakali.
- In 1962, Salvini obtained a two-year scholarship to learn Kathakali at the Kerala Kalamandalam.
- Her daughter Isabelle Anna is also a classical dancer, specialising in Kathak.
- Salvini died in Paris on 25 January 2022 at the age of 84.
Interesting Facts about Milena Salvani
- Milena Salvini ran ‘Centre Mandapa’, a school for Indian dance forms, in Paris.
- She funded Kathakali and Koodiyattam troupes from Kerala to tour Europe with support from UNESCO.
- In 2019 she was awarded India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.
- The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of noted Kathakali dancer Milena Salvini.