Sitara Devi

Sitara Devi was the daughter of Pt Sukhdev Maharaj, the pioneer of Banaras Gharana of Kathak dance. She was born at Calcutta. Besides her father she started taking training from Achchan Maharaj and thereafter from Shambhu Maharaj when she was twelve. She is also well-versed in other classical forms, viz, Bharat Natyam and Manipuri. She has also earned fame in film world and participated in the dancing roles of a number of movies. She has given dance demonstrations in many foreign countries and for her the westerners took keen interest in Indian dancing. She singly performs the entire Ramayana. Her other two sisters are Alakananda and Tara, Alakananda was also a reputed dancer, but left dancing just after her marriage.