Sunday, July 8, 2018


                                 ( Sitara Devi with Poet Sahir Ludhianavi )
                                   ( With Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia )
                                                            ( With Dilip Kumar )
                      ( With Lata Ji And Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib )


She danced like lightning. She danced almost all forms of Classical dances and also learn Russian Ballet. She was given a shawl and citation for Rs 50 by Gurudev Tagore, who was deeply impressed with her performance at the Atiya Begum Palace and called her 'Nritya Samragini'. Sitara Devi refused to accept this gift, instead asking for Tagore's blessings. Other dignitaries who attended this show were Sarojini Naidu and Sir Cowasji Jehangir.

She lived life on her own terms and died at a ripe age of 94 . Sitara Devi was fond of chewing paan and smoking bidis . Her family did not like all this, yet she continued to indulge in these pursuits in her old age as well. A Tomboy during her youth, she would swim, ride bikes, drive cars and join parties .

. Sitara Devi believed in "never say die", dancing and enjoying life to the fullest till her last day.
Sitara Devi was a great admirer Poet Sahir Ludhianavi. I am informed that she wanted to enact some Sahir Poems through dance.

She also learned the Russian Ballet  and other dances of the western world.  She was honoured with Kalidas samaan ,Sangeet Natak Academy award and  Padamshree.She  taught Kathak to so many film actresses that include Madhubala and Rekha .

On her death Birju Maharaj said:

“Sitara Devi was a rare human being besides being a great dancer. There will not be anyone like her. What riyaaz, tapasya, practice she used to do. Today’s young generation will have to learn that from her. When she performed ‘Thumak chalat Ramachandra’ she would make us feel that mother Kaushalya was helping child Sri Rama taking baby steps! ”

( Autar Mota )
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