Google on Wednesday celebrated the 97th birth anniversary of eminent Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi with a beautiful doodle. The Kathak queen was born on November 8, 1920, in Kolkata and later shifted to Mumbai. She started dancing at a young age and continued until a very old age. After watching her dance at the age of 16, Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragini (empress of dance). Many-a-times she is credited with reviving the classical dance form of Kathak and bringing popular interest in it. She has performed in various parts of the country and across the world including at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967; and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976. She thus brought the dance form on a global platform garnering interest from people of various backgrounds. Also Read - Saroj Khan on Madhuri Dixit's Birthday: I Don't See Madhuri in Any Actress Today

 
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Sitara Devi’s family was originally from Varanasi. Her father Sukhdev Maharaj was also a Kathak dancer and a scholar of Sanskrit, while her mother Matsya Kumar was related to the royal family of Nepal. Maharaj wanted his children to learn dance but faced criticisms from his community members. However, he was quite keen on it and was also encouraged by Tagore himself to go ahead. Sitara Devi started attending dance classes at the age of 10 and even discontinued school for the same. After shifting to Mumbai (then Bombay) filmmaker and dance director Niranjan Sharma selected her for Hindi films. She has performed in a number of Hindi films including Nagina 1951, Roti, Vatan 1954, Anjali 1957. Also Read - 'Qawwali Nahi Chalegi Yahan': Noted Dancer Claims Her Act Was Stopped Midway, Yogi Govt Refutes Charge

While she had a successful career, her personal life did not resonate the same. She married twice and both the marriages ended on a bad note. Some of her famous students include Rekha, Mala Sinha, and even Kajol among many more. In 2002, Sitara Devi turned down the Padma Bhushan saying “it is my insult and not an honor”. PTI quoted Sitara Devi as saying, “I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna.” However, in a career spanning six decades, Sitara Devi was bestowed by several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shree.  She passed away on November 25, 2014, at the age of 94 in Mumbai. Also Read - Happy Birthday Madhuri Dixit: What The Diva Does to Look Stunning at 52