Sitara Devi

Sitara Devi

 

Legendary Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi, who has been described as the “Empress of dance” and was a pioneering force in bringing this classical dance genre to Bollywood, died  on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.

 

Born in 1920 in the then Calcutta, Sitara drew from the themes, poetry and choreography collected by her father in her choreographies. She also got inspired from the environment around her—be it a town or a village.

 

As condolences poured in after Sitara’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled her “rich contribution” to Kathak.

 

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