Search engine giant Google today paid tribute to Kathak queen Sitara Devi by paying tribute on her 97th birth anniversary with a doodle. Born in Kolata on November 8, 1920, Rabindra Nath Tagore had described her as Nritya Samragini, after watching her performance when she was just 16 years old.
She had first married K Asif, the director of popular Bollywood movie Mughal-e-Azam and later Pratap Barot.The Kathak queen was honoured with a number of awards including India Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for her contribution to the classical dance genre for six decades, Indian Express said earlier.
Sitara Devi had also acted in a number of Hindi movies in which she did dancing roles. She, however, stopped accepting movie offers in the sixties as she believed that it was affecting her dance. The Kathak queen had breathed her last on November 25, 2014, at the age of 94 in Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital where she was admitted.
On November 5, the search engine giant celebrated the 90th birth anniversary of well-known Japanese statistician Hirotugu Akaike by creating a doodle for him. Akaike is considered to have formulated Akaike information criterion, which is extensively used nowadays, indiantalks.com had said.
As per the report, for Hirotugu Akaike, the experience was crucial to any form of creativity. Hirotugu Akaike had bought a scooter and rode it around Mount Fuji just to get a feel of random vibrations. This experience had helped him differentiate between riding on normal and heavily-trucked roads.