Google on Wednesday marked the birth anniversary of Kathak exponent Sitara Devi with a colourful doodle.
The legendary dancer, described by Rabindranath Tagore as ‘Nritya Samragini,’ was born in Kolkata on November 8, 1920. In her career spanning six decades, she performed at several well-known concerts including at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Carnegie Hall, New York introducing the dance form to a global audience.
The legendary dancer was also part of many Hindi movies. She went to Mumbai (then Bombay) as a child artiste. Her first film as a child actor was Aurat Ka Dil. She also starred in Phool by Mughal-e-Azam famed director K. Asif, whom she later went on to marry. After the marriage ended with him, she married Pratap Barot.
Her father, Sukhadev Maharaj — a Vaishnavite scholar who was a learned dancer and musician — was known as the source of the Benaras gharana of Kathak. Well-versed in Natya Shastra, Sukhadev Maharaj taught Sitara Devi the concepts of tandava andl asya.