Milena Salvani

Milena Salvini old age image in the background
  • 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.

Latest News

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of noted Kathakali dancer Milena Salvini.


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