Protima Bedi

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Protima Gauri Bedi Nrityagram. was an Indian model turned Odissi exponent. In 1990, she established 'Nrityagram', a dance village near Bangalore.

Early life

Protima was born in Delhi, the second daughter in a family of four, which included three daughters and a son. Her father Laxmichand Gupta was a trader who belonged to a bania family from Karnal district, Haryana, and her mother Reba, was a Bengali. Her father had to leave home, because of opposition to his marriage, Thereafter he started working in Delhi.

In 1953, her family moved to Goa, and later to Bombay in 1957. At age nine, she was sent to stay at her aunt's, in a village in Karnal district for a while, where she studied in a local school. On her return, she was sent to Kimmins High School, Panchgani, where she received her early education. She did her graduation from St. Xavier's College, Bombay (1965–67).


Modeling career

By the late 1960s, she had become a prominent model. In 1974, she came into the news for streaking during the daytime for the launch of the Bollywood magazine, Cineblitz at Juhu Beach in Bombay. Hindustan Times.


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