Kathak legend Pt. Birju Maharaj passes away at 83!

Many Bollywood artists posted a tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj on social media after hearing the news of his demise

The 83-year-old Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj awardee of Padma Vibhushan died today due to a heart attack, he was diagnosed with kidney disease a few days ago and was put on dialysis.

Swaransh Mishra the grandson of Pt Birju Maharaj, shared the unfortunate news on social media and wrote, “ Very sad to announce… Pt Birju Maharaj ji… my nana ji is no more. 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 January 2022.”

Pt. Birju Maharaj was a talented Indian classical singer and percussionist, the singer Adnan Sami mourning for Pt Birju Maharaj wrote on Twitter, “Extremely saddened by the news about the passing away of Legendary Kathak Dancer- Pandit Birju Maharaj ji. We have lost an unparalleled institution in the field of the performing arts. He has influenced many generations through his genius. May he rest in peace.”

Pt. Birju Maharaj has choreographed many popular Bollywood dance sequences. In one of his interviews, “ Madhuri Dixit is one of my most favourites. She treats me like a guru (teacher). To date, she calls me and asks me when I am coming to Mumbai. She also asks me to spend an evening with her whenever I am in the city. Jackie Shroff treats me with the utmost respect. He gives me a call almost every 15 days. So there are many like these.” he quoted.

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