Classical danseuse Ashwini Ekbote died today after collapsing on stage during a performance in Pune, police said.
The 44-year-old, who had also acted in several plays, was performing at the Bharat Natyamandir in Pune this evening when she collapsed on stage, a police official said.
She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, the official said.
Ashwini had made her debut with Akleche Kande (2001) and went on to star in Dumkata (2007) and Baavare Prem He (2014).
Tributes have begun pouring in on her tragic death.
Here are some early reactions;
This is extremely shocking!!! Dear friend Ashwini Ekbote no more! So young, so fit, so full of life..! RIP ???
— sonalikulkarni (@sonalikulkarni) October 22, 2016
— mainakde (@mainakde) October 22, 2016
— AnikeT KshirsagaR (@AniKshirsagar) October 22, 2016
— Bhagyesh Desai (@DesaiBhagyesh) October 22, 2016
Rest In Peace ?? #Ashwini_Ekbote Ma'am
— ती आणि ती ची Priyanka ?? (@GhatalPriyanka) October 22, 2016
Today We Lost One Of the Best Actress of Marathi Film Industry ….ASHWINI EKBOTE…..BHAWPURN SHADHANJALI ????? pic.twitter.com/sJmQB9OpMt
— Jadhav Ganesh (@4fe36f61d8d7466) October 22, 2016
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