Jamshedpur’s famous classical dancer Astad Deboo has been invited by Queen Elizabeth II to a reception at Buckingham Palace on February 27 to mark the beginning of UK-India Year of Culture. He was a former student of Loyola school and has also worked with the German film company ARTE and Channel 5 on the documentary film, ‘Weaving of the Sari’.

“It will be a great honour to visit the palace on the Queen’s invitation and I am eagerly looking forward to the eventful day,” Astad Deboo said on receiving the invitation from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburg.

Deboo received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1995 and Padma Shri in 2007 for his contributions to contemporary dance.

“He continues to be an inspiring example of a Jamshedpur ambassador to whichever place he visits. He has used his skills to and also trained mute and street children,” Ronald D ‘Costa, Deboo’s schoolmate and a prominent hotelier of the town, said.

“Deboo’s performance – Rhythm Divine II (a contemporary dance presentation embellished with traditional Manipuri ‘Pung Cholom’) at the Jamshedpur Carnival in 2014 was awesome,” Raunak Agarwal, a Bistupur resident who was an audience at the Rhythm Divine show, said.

People like him make our city proud 🙂

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Source: TOI
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