Sitara Devi (November 8, 1920 – November 25, 2014) was a great Indian Kathak dancer also regarded as the “Kathak queen of India”. She not only created her own niche style of dancing drawing from the India themes of poetry and choreography but also incorporated the culture and environment around her. Although she was known as a kathak dancer, she was also accomplished in Bharatanatyam and many other forms of Indian folk dances of India.
She gave performances in the Royal Albert and Victoria Hall and Carnegie Hall. She was also conferred the Sangeet Natak Academy award, Padma Shree and Kalidas Samman. For her however, her greatest award was the recognition she received from Rabindra nath tagore who described her as “Nritya Samragini” (the empress of dancing).