Friday, March 17, 2017

Roshanara, and Ratan Devi on March 17, 1917 in Manhattan

Everything was tumbling into war, but entertainment hadn't stopped.  Roshanara (Olive Katherine Craddock), and Ratan Devi (Alice Coomara) on March 17, 1917 in Manhattan.

Olive Craddock was an Anglo Indian woman who grew up in India and learned to dance Indian dances there. She later made a career of it, even copyrighting ten of her dances.  Alice Coomara, aka Alice Ethel Richardson Coomaraswamy, nee Richardson, was English but had learned Indian music while living with her husband in India and performed under the stage name Ratan Devi.

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