Protima Bedi
Indian model and dancer
Protima Bedi
Protima Gauri Bedi was an Indian model turned Odissi exponent. In 1990, she established 'Nrityagram', a dance village near Bangalore.
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Models: Controversy's favourite children - Daily Bhaskar
Google News - over 5 years
But, the model who grabbed the maximum eyeballs, well, literally was Protima Bedi. A rebel at heart, the model was ahead of her times. The year 1974 saw the launch of Bollywood magazine Cineblitz, with Bedi streaking for the same
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A historic 'kere' now gone dry - Deccan Herald
Google News - over 5 years
It is home to a huge tank, several government institutions, poultry farms and a few decades back, Protima Bedi's austere dance school, Nrityagram. Though the chief attraction today is Nrityagram, Hesarghatta kere held that position until the Eighties
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Ashit Desai launches three new albums - Indian Express
Google News - almost 6 years
... his name and has been influential in popularising Gujarati light classical music across the world. His association with dancers of repute, from Pt.Durgalal to Protima Bedi and Hema Malini have resulted in some wonderful ballets and musical scores
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The heartbreak kids - Times of India
Google News - almost 6 years
Daughter of the free-spirited and unconventional Protima Bedi, a young Pooja too gave preference to marriage over career. Says Rahul Bhatt, who has had a few relationships in the past, "I am looking forward to getting married and sitting around a
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Just like momma - Times of India
Google News - almost 6 years
Danseuse Protima Bedi played by her own rules. aughter, ctor Pooja Bedi turned out quite differently. he says, ve never smoked, ever done drugs, nd I drink very occasionally. y mother was a free-spirited flower child. he abhorred structure,but Im a
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Talkingbooks: Sheema Kermani - DAWN.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Well, the next book I am planning to read is Time Pass: The memoirs of Protima Bedi with Pooja Bedi Ebrahim. Protima was an amazing woman who had been a model till she saw a dance performance and immediately gave up her career to study dance and become
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DANCE; Freezing Motion in a Festival of Dance Films
NYTimes - about 7 years
Our television screens keep taking us to scenes of devastation in Haiti. So it is uncanny to realize that the choreographer Ralph Lemon, in planning his ''i get lost'' Platform series, had already (in December or earlier) booked for Tuesday a screening of the (silent) unedited films taken in Haiti by Maya Deren between 1947 and 1954. Here is
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CLASSICAL MUSIC AND DANCE GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 15 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy opera, classical music and dance events this weekend in the New York metropolitan region. Opera ''AGRIPPINA.'' John Conklin (sets) and Jess Goldstein (costumes) have blended elements of many different Romes, from the Rome of the Caesars to the Rome of Cinecittà, in New York City
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THE YEAR IN DANCE; A Reunion's Glitter in a Panorama of Images
NYTimes - about 18 years
Beaming, beautifully dressed women and handsome men of all ages surged up the stairs and poured out the elevators to the promenade of the New York State Theater in November, soon filling that vast marbled space with laughter, anecdotes and embraces. The parade of 50 years of New York City Ballet dancers, gathered for the alumni reunion that began
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Protima Bedi
    FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 49
    Died on August 18, 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 48
    In a newspaper interview given in April, 1997, camping at Rishikesh during the Kumbh Mela, she said, "I have decided to give myself up to the Himalayas.
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    Protima's son Siddarth who was suffering from schizophrenia, committed suicide in July 1997, while he was studying in North Carolina, this changed the course of her life irrevocably, as in early 1998, she announced her retirement and changed her name to Protima Gauri, soon she started travelling in the Himalayan region, starting with Leh.
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  • 1992
    Age 43
    Meanwhile, in 1992, she appeared in Pamela Rooks's English film, Miss Beatty's Children.
    More Details Hide Details Nrityagram, created as a model dance village, was constructed by master architect, Gerard da Cunha. It had even won the Best Rural Architecture' award in 1991. To raise funds to run Nrityagram, a tourist resort Kuteeram was built in 1992. Nrityagram is also the venue of the annual dance festival Vasanta Habba, which was first started in 1994 and had 40,000 visitors when it was last held in 2004. It has not been held from 2005–2007, due to the advent of the 2004 tsunami and a shortage of funds.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    After her separation from Kabir Bedi in 1978, she was looking for an anchor and she found it in her dance.
    More Details Hide Details Nrityagram, situated on the outskirts of Bangalore, became India's first free dance gurukul, village for various Indian classical dances, consisting of seven gurukuls for the seven classical dance styles and two martial arts forms, Chhau and Kalaripayattu. She wanted to revive the guru-shishya parampara in the right kind of environment. Nrityagram was inaugurated on 11 May 1990, by the then Prime Minister, V.P. Singh. The dance school has a small community of students from all parts of India, but with a common aim - dance. The Nrityagram ensemble was soon performing all over the world.
  • 1975
    Age 26
    In August 1975, at the age of 26, an Odissi dance recital completely changed her life when she ran into the Bhulabhai Memorial Institute by chance, and saw two young dancers giving an Odissi performance.
    More Details Hide Details It filled her with a kind of passion she'd never known before, in spite of its extremely complex rhythms, patterns and sophisticated hand-and-eye gestures. She became a student of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra from whom she learnt the art of dancing for 12 to 14 hours a day and faced a lot of hardship as a beginner. She transformed herself from being the tight trouser, halter neck, off-shoulder girl with gold streaked hair to Protima Gauri, later as Gauri Amma or Gauri Maa, as she was affectionately known amongst her students. To her dance was a way of life. She proved to be an excellent learner. To perfect her dance, she started studying abhinaya from Guru Kalanidhi Narayan of Madras. From then on, she started giving performances all over the country. Around the same time, Protima started her own dance school at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, Mumbai. It later became the Odissi Dance Centre.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    In 1974, she came into the news for streaking during the daytime for the launch of the Bollywood magazine, Cineblitz at Juhu Beach in Bombay.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    She married Kabir in 1969 and had two children - Pooja Bedi and Siddharth Bedi.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 4
    In 1953, her family moved to Goa, and in 1957 to Bombay.
    More Details Hide Details At age nine, she was sent to stay at her aunt's, in a village in Karnal district for a while, where she studied in a local school. On her return, she was sent to Kimmins High School, Panchgani, where she received her early education. She graduated from St. Xavier's College, Bombay (1965–67). By the late 1960s, she was a prominent model.
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on October 12, 1948.
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