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Zohra Segal

Rs 375 Pb 2010
(All rights available)
The Zohra Segal's no-holds-barred memoir is feisty, irreverent and candid—a ringside view of nearly a hundred years of her life on stage and screen, in India and England.In 1930 she went to Germany to study modern dance in Dresden—an unusual decision and choice of career for an aristocratic young Indian woman. In 1935 she joined Uday Shankar's famed dance academy in Almora, with Simkie and fellow dancer, Kameshwar, whom she married in 1942. On to Lahore and the Zoresh Dance Institute and then her big move into acting: Prithvi Theatres, the Old Vic, the British Drama League, BBC television, The Jewel in the Crown, Toba Tek Singh, Bhaji on the Beach ...
In this unputdownable memoir, Zohra Segal recreates her life as one of India's greatest and best- loved stage and screen actresses with the same verve and spirit that she brings to all her performances.

Among the many honours and awards that have been conferred on Zohra Segal are the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963); the Norman Beaton Award for significant contribution to the development of multicultural film and television drama in the United Kingdom (1996); the Padma Shri (1998); the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement (2004); and the Padma Vibhushan (2010).
Zohra Segal's impudent humour is at its most delightful … encapsulates the no-nonsense attitude, the energy, the joie de vivre, the grit, the independent mindset and sharp intelligence that underlie this account of a long, active life spanning close to a hundred years
It's a spirited account, almost like a screen play…Something that quite inevitably runs through the book is a sense of history, traversing as it does a momentous century … her easy-to-read account is a joyous treat
—The Indian Express
.. . an eminently readable account
—The Hindu

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