Siddhartha Mukherjee may be right when he calls ‘cancer’ as the ‘emperor of all maladies’ but what he didn’t mention is that this emperor can be conquered, that too with dance! That is exactly how Ananda Shankar Jayant, a talented dancer-choreographer stitched her way up the ladder of success. While many would have wilted in misery on being diagnosed with cancer, she put up an impressive display of strong character and performance, thus overpowering the disease and motivating thousands of patients and healthy people alike. Read on to know what she had been through and how she triumphed over this so steadily diagnosed syndrome today:
Astoundingly Gifted From A Tender Age
Her mother was quick to hone her as a skilled danseuse since age four. She went on to win her first gold medal at age 11, after which she never had to look back. Always in the thick of things, she competed across the globe and garnered stupendous acclaim in Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, winning several awards besides the Padma Shri in 2007. Her passion for dance was so great that she continued to pursue it even while working for the Indian Railway Traffic Service. Winning accolades wherever she appeared, this star performer just seemed unstoppable.