Kathak dancer Sitara Devi was responsible for making Kathak integral to the film industry since the 1930s. She got the Best Actress award, at the age of 18, for her performance in 'Vatan' and also in 1943 for her role in 'Najam.'
It took Lachchu Maharaj five days to choreograph "mohe panghat pe nandalal" in the film 'Mughal-e-Azam.' On every one of those five days, there was an important visitor from across the border on the sets - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He would drive down from Worli to Mohan Studio and spend the day there raptly watching the song being picturised.
(Roshmila Mukherjee, in Filmfare 1994)
Noted film personality Asha Parekh (aged 66) was honoured with LACHCHU MAHRAJ PURASKAR for her contribution in the field of dance and acting, on Sept 2, 2009 at Lucknow

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