Milena Salvini

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

Milena Salvini (1930s – 25 January 2022) was an Italian-born French exponent and teacher of Indian classical dance.

Especially known for her services to Kathakali, in 2019 she was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.

In 1962, Salvini obtained a two-year scholarship to train in Kathakali at the Kerala Kalamandalam. Upon her return to France, she established a tour by the Kathakali troupe of the Kalamandalam under the auspices of UNESCO.

Salvini died in Paris on 25 January 2022 at the age of 84.