Kalindi Darpan Socio-Cultural Organization organized SMARAN 2016 on the fond memories of the Kathak Queen SITARA DEVI at Dumdum Rabindra Bhawan, remembering her 2nd death anniversary.
Very few of us know that Sitara Devi had a very close connection with Bengal. She was born and brought up in Kolkata. She was very fluent in Bengali, was fond of make up. At very tender age she got a chance to perform in front of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. After watching her dance Rabindranath offered her some gifts while she requested for something which was eternal. Finally Tagore blessed her with the title queen of Kathak. Then she joined film industry, earned adequate stardom but didn’t go with it in long run. She made her film debut with Usha Haran in 1940 and went on appearing in films like Roti, Anjali, Mother India and so on. She left films soon just for her dedication towards Indian Classical Dance. She was fortunate to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shree, Kalidas Samman but she refused to take Padma Bhusan as she once said, “”is this government not aware of my contribution to Kathak? I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna.”
Coming back to the event Smaran 2016 , it featured the performances of exponents from Delhi- Amit Khinchi (disciple of Pt. Rajendra Gangani ) & Subhi Johri ( student of Pt. Jay Kishan Maharaj ).But the main performances was offered by both artists who are the grandsons of Sitara Devi VISHAL KRISHNA (Kathak exponent) & KUSHAL KRISHNA (Tabla exponent ) from Benaras. There were many other performers from Kolkata like Anasua Majumdar,Gargi Mukherjee, Rudrani Konar with their exciting presentation .
The ace dancer Smt. ALOKANANDA ROY was felicitated by the name of Sitara Devi as CHIEF GUEST with two other special exponents as special guests like Chitra Bishwanathan from Mumbai & Saraswati Rajathesh from Bangalore. Vishal Krishna felicitated all of them on behalf of Kalindi Darpan.Soumali Ganguly, Secretary, Darpan Socio-Cultural Organization, said, “ It’s an honor for us hosting the prestigious event remembering the legend Sitara Devi where her family members were also involved. This was the only festival which is dedicated to the Kathak legend Sitara Devi. We love to promote the rich tradition of Indian classical dance forms among the youths.”