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Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal dies

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:58 am | Updated: 9:09 pm, Fri Jul 11, 2014.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Zohra Sehgal, a renowned Indian actress and dancer, has died of heart failure. She was a 102.

Sehgal had been hospitalized in New Delhi with pneumonia earlier in the week and passed away Thursday evening. She will be cremated later Friday.

Condolence messages poured in for the performer who charmed viewers with her impish grin and twinkling eyes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as "prolific and full of life" in a message on Twitter.

In a career as a performer that spanned more than seven decades, Sehgal started out in the 1930s as a dancer. She performed with a troupe led by Uday Shankar, the pioneer of modern Indian dance. With the group she travelled across the world, unusual for an Indian woman of her generation.

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