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SARAJU BALA DEVI (1912–1994)

Saraju Bala Devi was an actor. She belonged mainly to the stage where her presence was so overwhelming that she soon came to be known as ‘Natya Samraggi’ or Empress of the Stage in Kolkata’s theatre circles. Yet it was in silent films that she made her mark as an actress, moving on to sound with Rishir Prem in 1931. But she soon realised that her real talents lay with the stage where she performed for many years in the company of the best in the field. She also learnt music from Kazi Nazrul Islam, K.C. Dey and Bhishmadev Chatterjee. In She received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1970.
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