Updated: November 26, 2014 11:10:45 am
Kathak queen Sitara Devi breathed her last in Mumbai at 1.30 am on early Tuesday morning. Friends and colleagues remember the dancing legend.
Like a Star in the Sky: Remembering Sitara Devi for her zest for life and passion for dance
“Sitara didi was one of the most open-hearted women I have known in my life. And how pretty she was! She learnt from my father and her bhaav and finesse in her dance was something few have been able to achieve…” – Pandit Birju Maharaj
She was a legend, yet she wanted to learn more: Taufiq Qureshi (Percussionist)
“The world knew her as Sitara Devi but to me she was Auntyji. She was such a beautiful dancer. Much before Gopi Krishna and Birju Maharaj, she was the one who convinced the world to take Kathak seriously. When she performed to Shivstrotra, she brought Lord Shiva alive on stage, and when she performed as Kali, she looked ferocious.”
She gazed at the audience like she knew their minds: Uma Sharma (Kathak exponent)
“There was only one Sitara Devi and there will be no one like her. For one of my performances, Sitara didi came up on stage after I finished dancing. My heart was pounding, after all, we all knew how outspoken she was. She grabbed the microphone and said…”
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