New Delhi: Padma Shri winner and Kathakali artist Milena Salvini passed away. Paris-born Milena joined Kerala Kalamandalam to learn the dance in 1965. She later became an ambassador of Indian dance forms.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Milena and said she will be remembered for her passion towards Indian culture.
She was conferred with Padma Shri in 2019 by the Government of India for her contribution to the field of performing arts.
"Ms. Milena Salvini will be remembered for her passion towards Indian culture. She made numerous efforts to further popularise Kathakali across France," Modi tweeted.
"I am anguished by her passing away. My thoughts are with her family and well-wishers. May her soul rest in peace," the prime minister said.