Ritha Devi
Classical Indian Dancer 


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kind support, prayers and thoughts.  It would not have been possible with you.


God Bless you all.

                                     Obituary from The New York Times (22nd September 2017)

Written by: Amy Padnani
[Her son, Rahul Chatterji & Author of this Web site]
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Ritha Devi's Main Web Site follows below:

Ritha Devi, born in a cultured and erudite family of Bengal and Assam, being the granddaughter of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Father of modern Asamiya literature, and great-grand-niece of India’s National Poet Rabindranath Tagore, has studied seven forms of Indian classical dance from the most orthodox  Guru for each style … Manipuri, Bharatha Natyam, Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Sattriya Nritya, Kuchipudi and Odissi.... each in its entirety and traditional purity, but is most renowned, and acknowledged all over India and abroad, as a pioneer in the revival and international projection of the Mahari (Devadasi of the Shri Jagannatha temple at Puri, Orissa) tradition of the Odissi style, which she has studied, from 1963 onwards, from Adiguru Shri Pankaj Charan Das, direct descendant of the Maharis, and a trail-blazer in the renaissance of this tradition. She has received many honours and awards from reputed cultural organisations of Bombay and Orissa, and research-grants from the Central Government Sangeet Natak Akademi, which prestigious institution has also video-taped some of her dances, both traditional as well as those choreographed by her, for their archives.

She has performed in several major world tours, in the UK, USA, Russia and EU. 

To purchase the book, click the title link above.

Ritha Devi has some pages dedicated to her in this book (pictured cover on the left). 'Women of the Tagore Household'

Purchased at fine cyber retailers:

"Women of The Tagore Household"

Ritha Devi
Hardy Schneider

email me for further details on this book.

'The colour of the '60s'

A book mainly on Ritha Devi published by legendary German painter Hardy Schneider, who was a great supporter of the classical Indian artists passing through Germany, which included Ravi Shankarji and Alla Rakha.

The book contains photos of the early sixties, showing the impromptu dance performances in art galleries to enraptured audiences, a large number artists themselves.

Ravi Shankar and his musicians (growing ever popular due to the keen introduction by The Beatles), were touring extensively and preforming in festivals at the time.  Ritha Devi often performed at the same venues.

Web site by: Rahula Design [FB]
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