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Kathak legend Sitara Devi Passes away

Kathak queen and legend Sitara Devi passed away. She was 94. She was living legend and a renowned exponent of the classical Indian dance Kathak and was well known for her own niche style of Kathak.

About Sitara Devi

  • Sitara Devi was born in Kolkata in 1920. After her birth she was named as Dhanalakshmi, and called as Dhanno.
  • She was renamed as Sitara-the star by her father after she impressed her teachers and the local media with her Kathak performance in a dance drama, ‘Savitri Satyavan’ in Kolkatta.
  • Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragini– the empress of dance, after watching her performance when she was just 16 years old.
  • Bollywood career: At the age of 12 she started performing dances in various Bollywood films. She has danced in Bollywood films like Usha Haran, Nagina, Roti, Vatan, and Anjali. In 1957, she performed her last dance in Mother India. She stopped performing dances in movies as it was adversely affecting her passion for excelling in the classical dance Kathak.
  • International performances: She has given performances in several parts of India, and in several other countries, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967 and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976.
  • Blending the elements of two schools of Kathak: She played important role in blending the elements of two schools of Kathak, one which was developed in Banares (east Uttar Pradesh) and one from Lucknow (Oudh or north Uttar Pradesh) and represented a forgotten era of Kathak.
  • Personnel life: She was married to K. Asif, director of Bollywood epic Mughal-e-Azam and then to Pratap Barot.
  • Awards: Over the years, she has been conferred a number of awards for her life-time contribution to Kathak. They are
  1. 1969- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
  2. 1973- Padma Shree.
  3. 1995- Kalidas Samman.
  4. Nritya Nipuna.
  5. 2011- Legends of India Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the classical dance genre for over six decades.

Kathak, which literally means ‘katha’, is a narrative drama which has evolved out from ancient times. It is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance.

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Indo-China joint military exercise Hand in Hand 2014 concludes in Pune

The “Hand-in-Hand 2014”- joint military exercise of India and China for Counter Insurgency (CI) and Counter Terrorism (CT) concluded in Pune, Maharashtra. In the concluding ceremony, defence establishments of both countries agreed to continue such friendship efforts in future.

This joint military exercise provided platform for both nations to join of hands which will help at the global level not only for peace, but also for prosperity.

The exercise had started in Aundh Camp, Pune on 16th November 2014. It was 12 days exercise between both countries.

 Some facts

  • The exercise was planned at the company level with respective battalion headquarters controlling the training. It was supervised by a Joint Directing Panel comprising senior officials of both the nations.
  • The training and manoeuvres, were conducted at Aundh Military Cantonment, College of Military Engineering and firing ranges at Dighi, Pune
  • In this exercise, Chinese counterpart performed wrestle skills and traditional Chinese martial arts including swordsmanship, sabre-play and Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan, while the Indian detachment performed traditional martial arts and saber dance and physical exercise.
  • Helicopters of Indian Air Force (IAF) also took active part in the various maneuvers of the exercise.
  • On the last day of the session, a joint tactical exercise was conducted where a cordon and search operation was carried out by troops.
  • The joint teams of Indian and Chinese army men fought dummy terrorists using modern weaponry, helicopters and water boats.

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