Classical danseuse Ashwini Ekbote tragically passed away on Saturday after she suffered a heart attack\u00a0during a stage performance in Pune. The 44-year-old, who had also acted in several plays, was performing at the Bharat Natyamandir on Saturday\u00a0when she collapsed on stage, a police official said.\u00a0She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, the official said. Ashwini marked her presence at the highest levels with her fine performances through her characters on stage, small screen as well as silver screen. After establishing herself as a fine perfomer with Marathi plays like Eka Kshanaat, Nandi and Tya Tighanchi Goshta, Ashwini had made her film debut with Akleche Kande (2001) and went on to star in Dumkata (2007) and Baavare Prem He (2014). Her other movies were Mahaguru, Taptapadi and Coffee Aani Barach Kahi that brought her fame. In February, this year, two of her films were released simultaneously including Mumbai Time, in which she plays an important role of the protagonist\u2019s motivating mother and Marathi Tigers where she played the role of a Kannada woman. Apart from her performances, last year the actress made the headlines after alleging that she faced rude behaviour from her co-passanger while travelling to Pune. Hearing the news, her near and dear once\u00a0took to Twitter to condole her death. Ashwini\u2019s friends from the Marathi film industry took to social media to share their shock at the news. Actress Sonali Kulkarni wrote on Twitter, \u201cThis is extremely shocking!!! Dear friend Ashwini Ekbote no more! So young, so fit, so full of life..! RIP.\u201d This is extremely shocking!!! Dear friend Ashwini Ekbote no more! So young, so fit, so full of life..! RIP ???????????? \u2014 sonalikulkarni (@sonalikulkarni) October 22, 2016 Filmmaker Bhagyesh Desai said he found it hard to accept the news. He tweeted: \u201cShe always treated me like a son on set. My first casting of script. Jus can\u2019t accept that she is no more. RIP.\u201d She always treated me like a son on set. My first casting of script. Jus can't accept that she is no more. RIP #AshwiniEkbote pic.twitter.com\/5VFRSje4Hn \u2014 Bhagyesh Desai (@DesaiBhagyesh) October 22, 2016 Ravi Jadhav, a popular film personality who won the\u00a0National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi in 2009, called it\u00a0\u201cunbelievable\u201d. Unbelievable. RIP Ashwini Ekbote. pic.twitter.com\/EPvl7C2BHx \u2014 Ravi Jadhav (@meranamravi) October 22, 2016 Another reaction of filmmaker and actor Bhagyesh Joshi came. In a tweet, she said, "She always treated me like a son on set. My first casting of script. Just can't accept that she is no more. RIP #AshwiniEkbote." Actress Sonali Kulkarni in a tweet said, "This is extremely shocking!!! Dear friend Ashwini Ekbote no more! So young, so fit, so full of life..! RIP."