Interest in traditional dance
Astad was born on July 13, 1947. His hometown is Navsari in Gujarat. As a child, he learned Kathak from Guru Prahlad Das, a famous dance teacher. After that ikepanikkar (EK Pannicker) training in Kathakali at. Although Astad dance may seem contemporary, Panikkar says it is still traditional to watch. He continued in this profession for 50 years. Performed in about 70 countries. Worked with domestic and foreign artists.
Even before service programs ..
Astad was a pioneer in voluntary service activities. Has worked with hearing-impaired children in our country as well as abroad for over 20 years. Founded the Astad Debu Dance Foundation in 2002. Through this dance was taught to differently-abled children and children from oppressed communities. During his career, he worked as a choreographer for films by famous directors like Mani Ratnam and Vishal Bhardwaj. He combined Indian and western dances to form a unique dance style. He received the Academy Award for Musical Drama in 1995 for his work in the field of dance. He also received the Padma Shri award in 2007.