In every frame here one can find the bright spirit that comes alive the moment you see Sitara Devi ji
Not only for women’s day but for my respect and remembrance i thought to “google” (as this word has become synonym for search) some of the images of our great star. Thus from those thousands pics i selected and copied few pictures available on net and pasted here.
I wish i can write a small booklet on her. (i will try on net) each frame tells a story thus that story i will imagine and try to write or express in my way. but for now, the women’s day she is the true symbol to pay respect towards her.
I had seen her programs in broadcast from Lucknow Doordarshan Kendra, all black and white during 1980s. I wish all are available in doordarshan archives?. Similar programs of GopiKrishna were also telecasted.
Although SitaraDevi ji hailed from Kathak family and a Brahmin family where it was a social stigma on dancing by girls of such families, But due to encouragement from He Father and guru Pt Sukhdev Maharaj she got opportunity to learn Kathak Dance from her elder sisters Tara ji, who was mother of Nritya Samrat 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 has read an news that Alakhnanda ji was seriously ill and ailing in a hospital. Since i went to appear in 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 of present times, then imagine what hardship these ladies the stars had to face during their childhood in 1920s or 1930s?
This particular image is enough to describe her untiring spirit and ever ready to dance. She was on wheel chair, I mean she was unwell that time and still she performed on stage at a function organised in memory of women empowerment