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Conversations with Actress Devika Rani Roerich and Painter Svetoslav Roerich (1980)

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I had been in New Delhi only a day or so in mid-July 1980 when this beautiful, 70-ish lady caught my eye. She was being escorted into the dining hall of the Imperial Hotel where our group (Columbia University Group Study in India for Journalism Faculty) was staying. Her almost regal-like demeanor and the way her escorts doted on her set her apart. I asked a waiter who she was and was told she was one of India's most famous actresses, Devika Rani Roerich. I off-handedly said I'd like to meet her.
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Keywords: Bombay Talkies; Devika Rani Roerich; Indian cinema; Svetoslav Roerich; first lady

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2010

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