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Actress and dancer Sehgal dies

Published 11/07/2014 | 09:03

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Actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal has died aged 102 (AP)

Renowned Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal has died of heart failure at the age of 102.

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Sehgal was taken to hospital in New Delhi with pneumonia earlier in the week and passed away on Thursday evening. She will be cremated later on Friday.

Messages of condolence poured in for the performer who charmed viewers with her impish grin and twinkling eyes.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described her as "prolific and full of life" in a message on Twitter.

In a career as a performer that spanned more than seven decades, Sehgal started out in the 1930s as a dancer.

She performed with a troupe led by Uday Shankar, the pioneer of modern Indian dance. With the group she travelled across the world, unusual for an Indian woman of her generation.

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