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Tanjore Balasaraswati, also known as Balasaraswati (13 May 1918 – 9 February 1984), was an Indian dancer, and her rendering of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style originated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, made this style of dancing well known in different parts of India and many parts of the world. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1957 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1977, the third and the second highest civilian honours given by the Government of India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Balasaraswati has received more than 194,900 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Balasaraswati is the 80th most popular dancer (down from 70th in 2019), the 688th most popular biography from India (up from 701st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Dancer.

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Among dancers, Balasaraswati ranks 80 out of 76Before her are Svetlana Zakharova, Avdotia Istomina, Katherine Dunham, Rukmini Devi Arundale, Mrinalini Sarabhai, and Frankie Manning. After her are Yamini Krishnamurthy, Jin Xing, Robert Helpmann, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, and Saroj Khan.

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Among people born in 1918, Balasaraswati ranks 250Before her are Tony Rolt, John Bromwich, Göte Hagström, Allan Arbus, Eero Kolehmainen, and Barney Ewell. After her are Anne Gwynne, Tranquilo Cappozzo, Douglas Bennett, James Daly, Duncan White, and Dusty Anderson. Among people deceased in 1984, Balasaraswati ranks 220Before her are Luther Adler, Marcel Balsa, José Humberto Quintero Parra, Mark Kac, Alberta Hunter, and Liam O'Flaherty. After her are Otto Arosemena, Rudolf Stahl, Margaret Livingston, Bill Holland, Bjarne Johnsen, and William Keighley.

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In India

Among people born in India, Balasaraswati ranks 688 out of 1,493Before her are Jagdish Bhagwati (1934), Sudha Murty (1950), Oswald Gracias (1944), Amrita Singh (1958), Danny Denzongpa (1948), and Huma Qureshi (1986). After her are Romila Thapar (1931), Kanu Sanyal (1928), Reita Faria (1943), Ravi Zacharias (1946), Bappi Lahiri (1952), and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914).

Among DANCERS In India

Among dancers born in India, Balasaraswati ranks 4Before her are Birju Maharaj (1937), Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904), and Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918). After her are Yamini Krishnamurthy (1940), Saroj Khan (1948), and Sonal Mansingh (1944).