Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 71

Saroj Khan, India’s prominent and leading dance choreographer has died at the age of 71.

Khan has a career span of over forty years, she choreographed more than 2000 songs and is known as “The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India”.

She died of cardiac arrest at Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra. She was admitted to the hospital on June 17 after complaining of breathing difficulties. She is survived by her husband Sardar Roshan Khan, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukaina Khan.

She tested negative for Covid-19.

Born Nirmala, her parents Kishanchand Sadhu Singh and Noni Singh migrated to India after partition of India in 1947. She started her career as a child artist at the age of three. She worked as a background dancer in the late 1950s. She married choreographer B. Sohanlal at the age of 13. After her separation with B. Sohanlal in 1965 she married businessman Sardar Roshan Khan.

In the 1980s, Khan became a recognisable name in the industry after she started working with Bollywood stars like Sridevi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.

Khan choreographed Sridevi in the song Hawa Hawai from the 1987 blockbuster hit Mr India, kicking off her career as a dance director.

After hearing the news of her death many Bollywood celebrities shared condolence messages on social media.