Sitara Devi was an eminent Indian dancer of the classical Kathak style of dancing. She was the recipient of several awards and accolades, and performed at several prestigious venues in India and abroad, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London (1967) and at the Carnegie Hall, New York (1976).
Sitara Devi was born in Kolkata (then Calcutta) on 8 November 1920, which in that year coincided with the festival of Dhanteras, the eve of the Indian festival of Dipavali. She was therefore named Dhanalakshmi, in honour of the goddess of good fortune who is worshiped especially on that day.
Her father, Sukhadev Maharaj, was a Brahmin gentleman and a Vaishanavite scholar of Sanskrit, but he earned his livelihood by teaching and performing the Kathakdance form. Her mother was Matsya Kumari, who held a relationship with the royal family of Nepal.
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