Devika Rani was born on March 30, 1908 and passed away in March 9, 1994. She was an early Indian movie star.
Born in Vishakhapatnam, SHE was the great-grand-niece of the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore .
She completed her schooling in the early 1920s. She then studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK.
Devika Rani married Indian producer and actor Himanshu Rai in 1929.They soon founded the Bombay Talkies film studio.
In 1958, the President of India honored Devika Rani with a Padma Shri. In 1970, she became the first recipient of the prestigious film prize, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
In later years, she settled in Bangalore with her second husband Svetoslav Roerich and built the Tataguni estate on Kanakpura Road.