Pandit Birju Maharaj Passes Away on Sunday at his Delhi apartment. According to his family, the 83-year-old suffered a heart attack. One of the holders of the Padma Vibhushan, fondly known as Pandit-ji or Maharaj-ji by all, was a Kathak dancer descended from the Maharaj dynasty and an expert in the Lucknow Kalka- Bindadin gharana of Kathak.
On social media, Swaransh Mishra, the grandson of Pandit Birju Maharaj, communicated the sad news.
“With profound grief and sorrow we inform the sad and untimely demise of our most beloved member of the family, Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji. The noble soul left for his heavenly abode on 17th Jan 2022. Pray for the departed soul.. Grief-stricken: Maharaj family,”
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Pandit Birju Maharaj Medical History
Birju Maharaj’s health deteriorated as he was playing with his grandson on Sunday night, according to media sources. He lost consciousness and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A few days ago, A news channel had reported that he has been diagnosed with kidney illness and was undergoing dialysis.
One of the greatest Kathak dancers of all time, Pandit Birju Maharaj had been a well-known classical singer as well. It was in 1986 that the Indian government awarded him the country’s second highest civilian accolade, the Padma Vibhushan, for his outstanding achievements. In addition to the Sangam Kala Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, he won honorary doctorates from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya and Banaras Hindu University during the course of his successful career.
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2 thoughts on “Legendary Kathak Dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj Passes Away at 83”
Apart from dancing, he has shown his talents as a superb musician, percussionist, composer, teacher, director, choreographer and a poet. He has a special flair for playing percussion instruments like Tabla, Pakhawaj, Dholak, Naal and string instruments like Israj, Violin, Swar-Mandal, Sitar etc. He has performed in thousands of concerts in India and abroad.
Gharanas of Kathak usually comes from the name of the place or city from where it was originated. The word “Gharana” literally means “House” and it implies the house of the teacher. It is linked to the very ancient concept of the Guru-Shishya-Parampara (linage of teacher or disciple) but with some interesting modern twists. For infomration on Kathak Gharanas, visit the link below: