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PM Modi condoles death of Sitara Devi

IANS November 25, 2014 11:51 IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi.

"PM has condoled the passing away of noted Kathak dancer Sitara Devi. PM also recalled her rich contribution to Kathak," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet.

Born in 1920 in Kolkata, Sitara Devi, 94, died on Tuesday morning in Mumbai after prolonged illness. She is survived by a son and a daughter.

A recipient of prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Kalidas Samman, she was born Dhannolakshmi in the family of Brahmin 'kathakar' Sukhdev Maharaj in Kolkata in 1920.