Birju Maharaj is a complete artist. Not only the foremost Kathak dancer that we all know but also an accomplished vocalist - specialized in thumrees (He used to perform in All India Radio, Delhi) and also an excellent tabla player. Here are 3 excerpts of the Master.
Sitara Devi was the elder sister of Anaklanda Devi, from Banaras. I had met Anaklandaji a number of times in my Kashi days. She used to come to my place for speaking about all and everything. A very lovely person. Although around 70 years old at that time, and despite a breast cancer, she had such a tremendous energy that I vividly recall how she could shake the whole Durga Mandir with her feet while dancing, every sptember, during the Mandir's Festival.