Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj, a great Kathak dancer, passed away at 83

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Birju Maharaj, a legendary Kathak dancer, died on Monday, according to a family member. He was 83 years old when he died. As he was affectionately known, Maharaj-Ji passed away in the company of his family and disciples. After dinner, they were playing ‘antakshari’ when he became ill.

On February 4, 1937, he was born Brij Mohan Nath Mishra into a well-known Kathak dancing family. He was molded by the influence of Bindadeen Maharaj, in addition to his father Achchan Maharaj and uncles Shambhu and Lachchu Maharaj.

He began performing with his father when he was a child, and in his teens, he became a Guru (Maharaj). Maharaj Ji also performed in Rampur Nawab’s durbar. Birju Maharaj’s mastery of the dance genre had earned him the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the time he was 28.

He established his own style, known for his excellent rhythm, expressive abhinaya, or gesture language. He was noted for being a superb choreographer who popularised dance dramas.

Birju Maharaj received various prizes for his contributions to the performing arts, including the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, in 1986.

Birju Maharaj, from Lucknow’s Kalka-Bindadin Gharana, was one of India’s most well-known and well-loved artists. Five children, three daughters, and two sons, as well as five grandchildren, survive him.

He had a kidney problem and had been on dialysis for the past month because of his high blood sugar. His granddaughter believes he died of heart arrest.