November 8, 2017
Sitara Devi’s 97th Birthday
Today’s Doodle pays homage to Sitara Devi, the legendary Kathak dancer who was described as Nritya Samragini (“Empress of Dance”) for her vibrant energy, effortless footwork, and unparalleled ability to bring a story to life.
Her performances on and off the silver screen revived popular interest in the classical dance of Kathak. Showcases at international venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, London and Carnegie Hall, New York brought the dance form a global audience.
Her significant achievements over a career spanning six decades were recognized by several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shree. Her legacy continues to inspire young talent in dance.
Thanks to guest artist Ranganath Krishnamani, and happy 97th birthday to Sitara Devi, Empress of Dance!