The #Diva- one & only #SitaraDevi ji #nrityasamragyi; #Queen of #kathak


The moment you see Sitara Devi ji here in every frame the bright spirit comes alive.

Not only for women’s day but for my respect and remembrance I thought to “google” some images of our great Artist. From thousands of images I could select few and copied and pasted here. sitara3

I wish i can write a small booklet on her. Each frame tells a story. That story I will imagine and try to write  in my way. But for now, on women’s day, she is the true symbol to pay respect towards her (an untiring spirit of a woman).

I had seen her programs on Doordarshan all black and white broadcast from Lucknow Doordarshan Kendra during 1980s. I wish all are available in doordarshan archives? Similar programs of GopiKrishna were also telecasted.

I am not the only one who is in awe of her. The famous Dance critic writer Sunil Kothari said about her “Sitara was exceptionally talented. Full of energy and infectious spirit, her dance cast a spell on audiences, not for the nazakat (delicacy) and khubsoorti (beauty) the Lucknow gharana was known for, but for her electrifying Kathak. Sitara’s endearing way of speaking to the audience, be it in Motihari village in Bihar, or Carnegie Hall in New York, won her the affection of connoisseurs and lay people. She was a law unto herself.?       These words sum up about her in little.

The moment Sitara Devi ji used to come on stage, whole of stage seemed to be electrified.

Although SitaraDevi ji hailed from a Brahmin family, where it was a social stigma on dancing by girls of such families. But due to encouragement from her Father and guru Pt Sukhdev Maharaj, she got opportunity to learn Kathak Dance from her elder sisters Tara ji, who was mother of Natraj GopiKrishna ji. Another elder sister was Alakhnanda ji who was also a famous kathak performer of her time. I think she died nearly in 1984 ??? i dont remember exact year. But when I went to BHU to appear in an examination there i had read in a news paper that Alakhnanda ji was seriously ill and ailing in a hospital. Since I had gone to BHU to appear in an examination and i could imagine how my parents and relatives could have reacted had I requested them to take me to that hospital just to see Alakhnanda ji?? that is situation in our society. Then imagine what hardship these ladies, these legendary stars, had to face during their childhood in 1920s or 1930s?


Eldest sister of SitaraDevi ji Smt Alaknanda Devi ji
Sitara Devi ji was a permanent star attendance at most famous Holi Dhamal of RK Studio,.

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Has anyone thought that a  LP record of a classical dancer will be brought out in those times? HMV might have thought of her popularity among people of India for her singing and dancing capabilities.

Sitara Ji always loved the brighter side of life, i think that shows her positive attitude towards life. the zeal to live life to its fullest.sit1  sit6

sit10Dilip saheb considered as her sister? She was married to the husband of his sister, thus by our indian traditions She was his sister? we had great traditions in India. Till recently Sitara ji visited Dilip Kumar saheb ji on Rakhsabandhan, to tie Rakhi.

Sitara ji married at her own terms. Sitara Devi was married to Nazir Ahmed Khan then to K. Asif and then to Pratap Barot. K Asif was brother of wife of Nazir Ahmed Khan.


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In this age Dr Sitara Devi ji came up on stage and people sought her blessings, at Sur Singar Sansad. Here daughter of Sitara Devi Ji Smt JayantiMala presented her dance. After Sitara Devi ji and Gopi Krishna ji there is no one who can bear the Torch of Banaras Gharana of Kathak. I mean that charm and majesty which these star dancers carried will be missed.

queen of kathak   pic old   sitara 13

Each and every frame depicts her as lively persona






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     sitara-naushad-suraiyatwo pics

few of videos are in other blog 


This particular image is enough to describe her untiring spirit and ever ready to dance. She was on wheel chair and still performed on stage at a function organised in memory of women empowerment !!! is it not a symbol of untiring spirit.


CHILD ABUSE at home : Child sexual abuse, what can we call it?

While sleeping i felt something unusual, But deep in sleep i could not figure it out. I felt a human body beside me. Thus clinging to that warm body I slept again. Now i know how dangerous is to fall asleep.

After applying his liquid kisses on me, he took me into tight embrace. I also put my arms around him. He was so pleased by this that again he gave me liquid kisses. He uses his tongue to lick my cheeks. Putting his lips on my cheeks, sucked my cheeks tightly. He then as if assuring me tried to caress all over my head, my body and planted kiss on my forehead.

After that whenever i felt something i would move. He immediately took me into his grip of arms. Presented kisses as if, saying don’t worry, everything is ok. For assurance i had bounty of his liquid kisses on me. He many times would say “good child”.

I had picked up habit of imitating him. Whatever he did i did try to do same. He used to kiss on my forehead, cheeks, neck, eyes. i also tried to cling to him and try to kiss him on his chest and his cheeks. When he moved his body towards me then i kissed him. I also imitated him by placing my arms around him. All this happened in dark nights on bed.

he used to kiss me all over. His chest was over my mouth suddenly his nipples were touching  my mouth, at that moment my lips were on his nipple. He liked it. he then moved close towards me and adjusted me so that my mouth be placed on his chest, So that my lips touch his nipples. As soon as his nipples came in contact of my lips, I tried to firm up my lips as if I tried to kiss. He liked it. Actually he was trying to adjust himself so that I can do it again and again on him. He gone mad at that time with lots of groaning moaning sounds. He madly kissed me again and again. He just ate my cheeks as if he will puncture my cheeks. My cheeks were full of his saliva. He rolled his warm tongue all over my cheeks. He sucked cheeks strongly. Whole of my cheeks he pulled by making vacuum inside his mouth. as if sucking all my cheek.

When i tried to suck his nipple he laughed. I heard him laugh in that darkness. My ears were full of thumping sounds of his heart. His chest was so close to my face. He was taller and huge well built guy.

After I slept i didn’t know what happened? when he came? when he untied his cloths?. But when he placed his leg on me then the touch of his skin indicated that he is without cloths. he placed his leg on me as if keeping me under his control.

When he placed his leg on me, my hand touched his thighs. he lifted his leg and adjusted himself so that my hand touch him where both of his leg meet. He pressed his arms around me tightly, he pushed me down and funny thing was that he presented many kisses.

Again while sleeping in his arms encircling me, suddenly some movements woke me up. my hand found that he had loosened his loin cloth and he was rubbing himself against my body. there it was, a very hard erect thing. He might have also known that i have woken-up so he again encircled me with his strong arms and pulled towards his chest and tried to assure with soft kisses and started licking me. he guided my hand and placed it around that pulpy tube like organ. he guided my palm to grip it and make movements. By All that he meant as to tell me what to do??

My palm touched that stiff, erect hard thing. what was it? A hard fleshy thing. He started moaning. suddenly he took me into his tight grip, i thought he will break my bones. But he did not forget to put liquid kisses. I was made to turn halfway, now i was completely in his grip. He started rubbing vigorously his belly against me. I think he knew that i loved his liquid kisses, thus whenever i tried to stop him, softening his grips he kissed me.

with tightened arms around me, he thrust his belly on me with more force. when i tried to move he would just soften his arms. when i again start sleeping he would again do something.  All few days all this touching thing went on.

That day also he stayed in my house. Strangely i was sleeping, something happened, since by now i had become habitual of this body touching and tight grips. thus thinking that something happening as usual, carelessly i just put my arms also around him and slept.

I felt some pressure, he kissed me. He was partly naked. i felt his bare chest at my back.

when he applied force that time i might have woken up, he then forcefully took me into arms and was thrusting his belly into my back.  He had trapped me in his arms so i could not move freely, he caressed all over my body. he surveyed my back. When he forcefully pressed his belly into my back i was shocked. there he had applied his saliva, at that moment when he thrust his organ into me and When his raw flesh (devil) touched on that spot i was blown into pieces. He thrust his fly. his organ was trying to pierce into me. He was halfway through. At that moment With full force I moved a little and came out of bed. That night changed me for forever.

This incident brought some of the previous memories to fore, which i had forgotten.

These happened when i was i think 6 or 7 years old.

one dark night I woke-up due to some unknown sensation in my lower part, I found one of my cousin lying beside me. He was much elder to me. he was doing some movements holding me.  he guided my arm to hold in grip a slippery tube like bulbous structure. Holding my hand he made to do some to and fro movements with speed. After some time some strong smashing jerks felt by my hand. I could not see anything since it was a darkest night, i have ever known.

then he lifted and took me somewhere to another place. When he placed me on a bed i found there was another naked body.  i felt his skin.  It was a big body and well built. He took me into his arms, gently. Despite of a tough body he was gentle enough to kiss me several times. This was amazing and strange kiss i ever had. i never had such type of kiss ever before.

He adjusted me beside him on his bed. My cousin who brought me on that bed went back. This naked BIG body kept his arms around me as if i am a petite little chicken who has to be treated softly. he made me to cling to his body with his strong big arms. Immediately He made my left palm to hold something. It was much more magnificent than my cousin’s organ, hard, bulbous, smooth silky, wet, and erect with warmth. It also had some jerky motion within it. Only missing thing was that i could not see it. There was complete darkness of night. nothing was visible. He was holding me in arms while offering kisses. Body was wet with sweat. But that thing was much more longer than my palm. While i was guessing what this long thing is? He squeezed me, climbed on me, I felt crushed under his huge body and he was doing all his jumping motion on me, i wanted to run out. he held me strongly under his body. He was strong built… I tried to run out of the cot.   to that he said what happened my child? where are you going?

he was a tenant in my grandmother’s house. That night my grandmother was not at home. she had gone to attend a pooja at neighbour’s house which usually they do in the NAVRATRI days. Devi Jagran.

Then whenever i felt something unusual thing while sleeping i found my cousin doing something at my front. While taking nap in summer afternoons, he used to come on bed and lay beside me. I was staying alone with grandmother during summer holidays. In afternoons time, Everybody would sleep. He wore just a cloth around his waist. so he was completely naked. encircling my body with his hand around me. he would make my hand to take his organ in grip and to do some movement over it.

Was this not child molestation?  where i could have complained? these persons were known to me, trusted persons.

That person who recently did this to me was much Elder to me.

He used to stay in our house whenever he used to go city for his job. He always got chance to stay at our house. By touching and praising he made my body accustomed to his TOUCH. then slowly he had graduated on to sneaking into my bed at Nights. Then he made me feel his kisses, liquid and warm kisses, gradually he introduced me to his bare body, his strong arms, He used to encircle me in his tight grip of arms.

Even after so many years of my life those acts and touch and that piercing act,  all that just dont leave me, they come all over again to me. What I can do?


History was made when Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji initiated vedio confrence with leaders of all member countries of SAARC. Almost all leaders welcomed the move and thanked Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji except a natural obvious country, who was represented by health minister. In last segment only health minister of Pakistan thanked PM Modi.

Bangladesh Prime minister Smt Shekh Hasina ji thanked and welcomed our PM for this initiative, she thanked several times.

Pakistan side hesitated alot in thanking our PM.

Out of box is said to be a leadership quality, and our PM Narendra Modi ji proved it.

SAARC countries shared not just heritage but characteristics of demography too. Population density at its height. Risk of spread of any pandemic or endemic disease is highest. Thus our PM tried to take neighbouring countries onboard. United together we can overcome any challenges.

On humanitarian grounds too interventions are ought to be taken by any country. PM Narendra Modi ji had this vision and will, to take it forward.

I think in last 40 years this was the first such vedio confrence among SAARC members.

In wake of risk of infection it would not have better than a VC?

All head of govt of these countries welcomed the initiative of PM Narendra Modi ji.

Pakistan played dirty politics by mentioning Jammu and Kashmir.

But in such a situation coming together may offer many opportunities to tackle the problem in arresting spread of Corina virus infection. Primarily resource sharing, expertise etc. Health givers of these SAARC countries can come together and share their experiences and offer their expertize, if they have, in field of dealing with virus infection.

Pradhanamntri Narendra Modi ji also opened a Pandora box of possibilities. This platform of VC can be of immense utilization in future if SAARC Secretariat carries forward this initiative. In medical education or in any other such as response mitigation on disaster management. Rescue and relief measures in event of natural calamity can be provided. Education is another foremost field. Students and teachers of member countries can take benefit of courses if provide online exclusively for saarc members.

Entertainment programme can also be aired through any TV broadcasting channel, as there cannot be denial that we all share common heritage. From Kabul to Rangoon we have same culture. Recent memory of kabuliwala काबुलीवाला kabuli chana काबुली चने, कालीन, सेब, खुबानी, बादाम आदि और पिया गए रंगून वहाँ से किया टेलीफोन तुम्हारी याद सताती है? शरत चन्द्र की कहानियों के पात्र and a large section of indian population that resided in Rangoon or other parts of Burma doing business and other sorts of employment during british india.

Historically too तक्षशिला गाँधार can never wiped out of our memory. Present language we speak too has been contaminated by Persian arabic Afghani languages. Earlier during British rule it was commonly termed as Hindustani language.

Present day Pakistan too seems to have diluted language of those areas. Pakhtun, Baloch, Sindhi, Kutchi language have started vanishing, as whoever we see any footage on TV all seems to speak mixture of Urdu and Punjabi. I am surprised as to how just partion of nation forced people’s mindset to accept a language that never wad theirs? Urdu was born in Lucknow grew in Delhi Hyderabad courts, literary mushaira etc, used by Urdu poets. It was not a language of common man. Partion was done of religious basis, keeping or forcing a separate identity forced few to keep Urdu connected with that religion. Result is whenever I see people from pakistan or anchors or people debating use such a language that was aliean 70 years ago. After partition authorities there tried to implement strictly that language policy. However in East area situation is different, Bangladesh name itself indicate love for Bangla language and Bengali identity or to keep separate identity from those who were in Pakistan.

But still I love image of अखण्ड भारत united India.

But video conferencing is very helpful tool, now it is up to people how they take it forward. Pradhanamntri Shri Narendra Modi ji has shown us a path. SAARC members and it’s Secretariat has to followup.

Radha Krishna- Bhakti




to see-view original painting click on this link Source: MS M.1060.9

jhooti mooti Mitwa Aawan Bole-Rudali

So fantastic soul enchanting is this song. was it magic of our Shashtriya Sangeet (classical music) RaagDaari or Art of Gems of India Shri Bhupen Hazarika and undoubtedly SwarSamragyi Lata Mangeskar ji

First beat i hear, it takes away whole of my existence! so powerfull is beat & music

As we were told many times by Dance Guru that entering stage-first step, first moment is the most crucial event in whole of stage performance. RangPravesh is it called?

Often when any dance program starts for few seconds ambiance is created for entry of dancer! first note of music, first beat of Taal on instrument makes an impact.

First impact or first impression it is called.

Or may be, my liking of pakhawaj and music or swar of Lata ji, is the reason behind liking this song of film Rudali. Respected Bhupen Hazarika hailed from Assam, but amazing is that Music he created seems so well known to our ear? i mean there is no reginality. Or is it due to fact that Music knows no boundaries-He created this song using our own Bhartiya Sangeet parampara-Indian Classical Music.

superb editing is done in picturization of this song. That is certainly an Art in film making, can’t deny that.

in this song heroine rushes outside to feel to re-juvenile feelings of momentary happiness, brought by rain water drops in desert. That is her life-innermost of herself, where a woman longs for passionate touch! every human has that desire. Basic Instinct?

she dances with joy. note the dance gestures belong to ghoomer or Rajasthani dance. later choreographer brought bollywood moves of dance.

Film song also portrays agony-desire of poor woman, who by circumstances circumvalenced by oddity around her. Everyone in society looks down upon her. WHY?

She is alone? that too with birth in lowly placed family in social hierarchy.

Rain too indicates that after so much hardship little drops came as happy moments in her life. Rain will not last long. it has to go leavingher again thirsty.


Average monthly earnings? or Income?

Report on fifth Annual survey of Employment and Unemployment 2015-16 of Labour Bureau i read and found that very few households have monthly earnings above Rs 1 lakh. Delhi has 1.4% households having average monthly income above Rs 1 lakh. Highest was Chandigarh with 4.1% households having average monthly earnings above Rs 1 lakh. followed by Goa at second highest with 3.7% households having monthly earnings of Rs 1 lakh. Third highest was puducherry.

among the lower income groups of households highest was Madhya Pradesh with 35.8% households of monthly earnings less than Rs 5000, followed by West Bengal with 34.5% households having monthly earnings less than Rs5000. amazing is that this state has been at forefront for fighting for rights of poor. Flowing the flag of communism-socialism etc for many decades. Poor people fought for their rights-many labeled them as Naxals. ProPoor slogans shouted in air and state govts functions for uplifting poor, erasing poverty has been agenda.

All in vain. Delhi seems to have lowest poor households, i mean there are 1.4& households having average monthly earnings upto Rs 5000 in Delhi?

There was nes few years back on deciding Below Poverty Line by some committee? did they see such data that comes from surveys? how they decide these BPL limits? Rs 32 or Rs 28 per day are these poverty lines of India?




Monolithic bass relief depicting Siva

The Monolithic Bas Relief Depicting Shiva, was found in Parel in October, 1931 when road was being dug from Parel to Shivadi.

Since then it was enshrined in premises of BARADEVI Temple at Parel Village.

This beautiful image of about 3.06 meters height, depicts seven forms- SAPTAMURTI OF LORD SHIVA. Seven mudras are depicted around one central figure of Shiv

Central one is in Sthanaka Mudra with right hand in Abhaya Mudra and left hand holds Beejaphala.

Not much of ornamentation is depicted except of Karna Kundalas and necklace, central image is shown with plain Antariya. An elaborate Jata Mukuta adorns on the head. This image is surrounded by five Ganas playing musical instruments like Harpoon, Flute etc. stylistically and iconographically.

This sculpture dates to fifth to sixth century AD.

An excellent cast of this image is kept at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai.

Image was declared as Nationally Protected Monument by The Archaeological Survey of India vide notification No. 2/3/75-M, dated 28 March 1985. N-MH-M5.

(Above information in obtained from the text engraved in Gold on Black stone fixed on a wall at site, by The Archaeological Survey of India, Mumbai, in May 2012.)

Amorous Couple, late 11th century India: Madhya Pradesh, 1001-1100 Sandstone 26-1/6 x 14 in. (66.5 x 35.6 cm) The Norton Simon Foundation F.1972.19.4.S
Amorous Couple, late 11th century India: Madhya Pradesh, 1001-1100 Sandstone 26-1/6 x 14 in. (66.5 x 35.6 cm) The Norton Simon Foundation F.1972.19.4.S