Song of Surrender

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak legend Sitara Devi died at a Mumbai hospital on Tuesday, 25 November. She was 94.

Born in 1920 in Kolkata, Sitara Devi was one of the most celebrated Indian classical artists of the 20th century.

Sitara Devi, on whom Rabindranath Tagore conferred the title Nritya Samragini, was much decorated.

Her awards and titles included the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Kalidas Samman and the Padma Shri. Fiercely independent all her life, she turned down the award of Padma Bhushan by the government of India.

Sitara Devi was married twice, first to film director K Asif, and later to Pratap Barot. She is survived by her son Ranjit Barot.

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