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Kathak legend Sitara Devi's birthday marked with a sketch doodle by Google
Internet search engine giant Google today celebrates the 97th birth anniversary of noted Kathak dancer Sitara Devi with a colourful doodle on its homepage.

Doodle: The sketch doodle shows the musical instruments and accessories of Kathak dance against blue background with a sketch of the dancer almost in the centre. The first and last letters 'G' and 'e' are made of ghoongroos. The two Os have been replaced by 'tabalas' and 'l' is depicted as a 'sitar'. The dancer with all her makeup and stance is depicted in lieu of the second 'g'.

Celebrity: Sitara Devi (8 November 1920, Kolkata ? 25 November 2014, Mumbai) has been the most famous Indian classical Kathak dancer deemed as 'queen of dance'. She started dancing at an early age and worked hard to perfect Kathak style of dancing. It is said that Rabindranath Tagore described her using the epithet of 'Nritya Samragini' after watching her performance when she was just 16. She performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London and the Carnegie Hall, New York to enthrall the audience.

Distinctions: At the age of 12, Sitara Devi was selected by filmmaker and dance director Niranjan Sharma for Hindi films. Sitara Devi performed in a number of Hindi films including Nagina (1951), Roti, Vatan (1954), and Anjali (1957).

It is said that Sitara Devi blended the elements of two schools of Kathak ? one which was developed in Banares (eastern UP) and one from Lucknow, (Oudh, or northern UP), and represented a forgotten era when Kathak used to be performed the whole night, informs Wikipedia.

Sitara Devi's high-energy, heavy rhythmic movements based on music could continue effortlessly for hours and occasionally included renditions of 'thumris' and 'bhajans' during the performances.

Awards: She was honoured by several awards, however, in 2002, when Sitara Devi was awarded the Padma Bhushan she turned it down since she thought that it did not match up to her talent and informed that she deserved the Bharat Ratna.

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