Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh mourn Sitara Devi’s death


‘Kathak Goddess’ Sitara Devi breathed her last today. She was 94. She was a Kathak genius and gave classical dance a new meaning. She nurtured and flourished Kathak dance. Her death has not only moved her close ones but Bollywood also filled with grief with the departure of Sitara Devi.

Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Saroj Khan, Manoj Kumar and many more took to twitter to express their sorrow.

Saroj Khan told IANS, "I have seen her dance on stage at 70 and I can swear on my profession that she looked like an 18-year-old girl. She had a lot of stamina. She used to dance for three hours alone and every morning her practice used to go on. She never gave up dance till 80 or 85.

"Kathak is seen in Bollywood, but it's purity is missing. We have only seen her do it."

Veteran actor Manoj Kumar says Sitara Devi made classical dance interesting which common man feels boring.

"She was a pioneer. She was tremendous at this age as well. She was an institution. She lived her life well. Usually classical dance is boring for a common man, but she made it easy and interesting," he told IANS.

Another fan of Sitara Devi, filmmaker Prakash Jha tweeted, "Sitara is gone! Dancing into the heavens! Can never forget as a mesmerised teenager had watched her dance all night."

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar posted, "Prasiddha Nrityangana, Abhinetri aur Gayika Sitara Devi ji ka swargwas hua ye sunke mujhe bohot dukh hua. Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de. (I feel profound grief upon hearing of the demise of famous dancer, performer and singer Sitara Devi. May god bless her soul.)

Megastar Amitabh tweeted that she was a "legendary classical dancer, vibrant, and filled with the essence of rhythm and movement".

Music composer Salim Merchant pays his last tribute to the Kathak goddess, he tweeted, "RIP Sitara Devi Ji - The goddess of Kathak leaves us today but her legacy lives on forever."