Who was Sitara Devi and Why Google Doodle for her?
RTIwala Explains who was Sitara Devi, Why Google Doodle for her and Top 5 Unknown Fact about Sitara Devi in this researched Article under RTIwala Explains. As we all know that Google used to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of people, places and things by dedicating an artistic doodle for them. This time to Google India has celebrated the birth anniversary of Late Sitara Devi.
Who was Sitara Devi?
Sitara Devi was world famous Kathak Dancer, born on 8th Nov 1920, in Kolkata. As an eminent Indian dancer of the classical Kathak style of dancing. Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragini, meaning the empress of dance, after watching her performance when she was just 16 years old. The epithet continues, and she is still described as the Kathak queen.
She gave performances in several parts of India, and in several other countries, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967; and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976.
Why Google Doodle for Sitara Devi?
The significant achievements of Sitara Devi over a career spanning six decades were recognized by several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shree. Her legacy continues to inspire young talent in dance. Thanks to guest artist Ranganath Krishnamani, and happy 97th birthday to Sitara Devi, Empress of Dance!
Top 5 Unknown Facts about Sitara Devi
- She refused to accept the Padma Bhushan award, declaring, “it is an insult, not an honor,” Is this government not aware of my contribution to Kathak? I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna.” [As quoted to PTI]
- At age of 11, Sitara Devi’s Dance impressed Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and offered her a shawl and Rs 50 which Sitara Devi refused and sought his blessings instead to become a great dancer.
- She taught kathak dancing to Bollywood celebrities such as Madhubala, Rekha, Mala Sinha, and Kajol. She envisioned formalizing her teaching and planned to set up a Kathak training academy.
- She was born in a Brahmin family (of Varanasi), settled in Kolkatan and then later married to Nazir Ahmed Khan than to K. Asif (Director of Mughal—e—Azam) and then to Pratap Barot, with whom she had a son, Ranjit Barot.
- She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969, followed by the Padma Shri in 1973 and song sautan ke ghar na jaiyo was an instant hit of those days.
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