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Sitara Devi is a living legend known the world over as the 'Kathak Queen'. She took her training in dance from her father Sukhdev Maharaj, Shambhu Maharaj and Acchan Maharaj. By the age of ten, Sitara was on stage as a professional solo dancer. When she was about 12, Niranjan Sharma, a film producer and dance director chose her for a three-month contract in Usha Haran and Sitara became a dancer with the Sagar Studios. Fame followed close behind and Allehlal, Nagina and Roti made her a movie sensation; Vatan made her a superstar. Sitara Devi was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1970.