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Ashwini Kalsekar is an Indian soap opera actress. She is best known to television audiences for her role as the scheming aunt Jigyaasa in Ekta Kapoor's Kasamh Se.Ashwini Kalsekar was born in 1970 near Nashik in Maharashtra. Her father Dr. Vaibhav Kalsekar is a railways doctor. Ashwini studied her B.A. from Bombay and graduated in 1991. She pursued theatre from 1991-1994 as an understudy, her most famous period being from 1992-1993 when she was an understudy to famous actress Neena Gupta.
She also trained under Muzammeel Vakil, the famous theatre acting coach from 1992-1995.
Ashwini is a trained Kathak dancer.In 1996, Ashwini found a break in Marathi Film Tula Jhapar La in a small role of a tough prostitute. This was followed by a number of important films in Marathi where she played supporting actress including Dr. Vasant Deshmane and Neta Varla.
She started her television career in the mid 1990s with serials such as Shanti, C.I.D., Anjaane, Siddhant and K. Street Pali Hill before she bagged her biggest role, that of Jigyaasa (Bani's tormentor) in Kasamh Se for which she won the ITA award for Best actor in a negative role.She is married to film and television character actor Murali Sharma.