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Sitara Devi

Sitara Devi is one of the greatest dancers of modern India. Born in Calcutta, she was traine in Kathak by her father Shri Sukhdev Maharaj Mishra and also by the masters of the Lucknow Gharana like Acchan Maharaj, Lacchu Maharaj, and Shambhu Maharaj.

An exhaustive treatment of the entire gamut of 'nritta', sometimes in different talas,inresprsed with 'gats' of lyrical beauty and compositions of dramatic intensity followed by moving renditions of 'thumris' and Bhajans constitute her performances. She has also been an actress and dancer in fils since the silent era.

Sitara Devi has been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award(1969) and the Padma Shri.

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