“Edwina: An Unsung Bollywood Dancer of the Golden Era”
Starting in the mid-1950s (alongside her brother and sister Marie, also later a choreographer), Edwina began a career as a background dancer and extra which lasted until her emigration from India in 1967. Tall and strikingly beautiful, she is easy to pick out of a crowd (and she rocks a tiara, too).
She remembers her days in cinema fondly, where she was part of a tight-knit group of dancers which included Herman Benjamin, Oscar Unger and Vijay (all of whom carved out careers as choreographers, and the first two of whom have come in for their share of conversation on this blog).
Edwina says that she didn’t think much about it all; she was just earning a living and never thought that what she did was that important. Of course, I disagree wholeheartedly: what would these songs be without the backup dancers and band members who so enliven them? Her life in those days is one I think many people would covet — I do, anyway!
Shammi Kapoor called Edwina “the little girl with the ponytail” (she had beautiful long dark hair), and although she says she was too shy to try and mix with the stars.
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