The famous Kathak dancer Sitara Devi was born on this day. Yes, he was born on 8 November 1920 in Kolkata. He died on 25 November 2014. Sitara Devi won the hearts of millions with her style but behind her success was a long struggle. At the age of 16, Sitara Devi got the title of ‘Nritya Samarini’. This title was given to him by Rabindranath Tagore. Let us tell you that Sitara Devi’s father Sukhdev Maharaj was also a Kathak dancer and was also known as a scholar of Sanskrit.
Let us tell you that Sukhdev Maharaj had taught dance to his daughter. This also caused a lot of criticism in the society. Still Sukhdev Maharaj and his daughter Sitara Devi did not give up. Let us tell you that at that time people started calling the star a prostitute, but after hearing this, father Sukhdev said, ‘When Radha can dance for Krishna, why can’t my daughter. After much boycott, Maharajji changed his home and then started a dance school where children of prostitutes were admitted. Star Devi, who taught dance from a very young age, started performing solo at the age of 10. She gave a Kathak performance at Atiya Begum Palace. Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu and Parsi philanthropist Sir Kovajsi Jehangir were present at the event.
Sitara Devi also acted in some films which were excellent. Her first film was ‘Aurat Ka Dil’ and she also acted in films like Nagina, Roti, Watan and Anjali. Sitara Devi received the Padma Shri in 1970 and the Kalidas Samman in 1994 for her special contribution to art and dance. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969. Also, he was to be awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002, but he refused to accept the award. She is said to have said, ‘She will take no less award than the Bharat Ratna. ‘