Top 5 work of dance maestro Birju Maharaj; read inside

A Legendary Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj died at his home here in the early hours of January 17. The good part was that he was surrounded by his family when he died. He is India’s best-known dancer.

Birju Maharaj, in full Brijmohan Nath Mishra Maharaj, (born February 4, 1937). Indian dancer, a master of the kathak form, and a leading exponent of the Kalka-Bindadin Gharana (community of musicians sharing a distinctive musical style) of Lucknow.

He is known as the ‘Father of Kathak dance’. Much of his work is very appreciable and loved by everyone. Surrounded by a musical atmosphere. His inborn talent surfaced at the early age of three years. It was clear that he was god-gifted as he began reciting complex tihais and tukras as a toddler.

Known Awards and Achievements of Birju Maharaj-

Birju Maharaj is known for his work on Bajirao Mastani in 2015. Despite the movie having several memorable dance performances from Deepika Padukone as Mastani. ‘Mohe Rang Do Laal’ leaves a lasting impression. While Pandit-Ji was choreographing the dance.

Padukone expressed concern about matching up to the maestro’s standards. However, he put her mind at ease saying that she put a lot of hard work into her steps.

Pandit-Ji’s contributions go up to ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’. It is set in 1947. During India’s partition, it follows a Sikh truck driver. He falls in love with a Muslim aristocratic girl. His choreography remains memorable in this movie.

In 2012 – National Film Award for Choreography for Unnai Kaanaathu in Vishwaroopam, In 2016 Filmfare award for best choreography for Mohe Rang Do Laal in Bajirao Mastani.

His talent grew multi-fold when his mastery over Kathak, he also became a superb musician, percussionist, composer, teacher, director, choreographer, and poet. He went on to compose many dance dramas like ‘Gobardhan Leela’, ‘Makhan Chori’, ‘Malti-Madhav’, ‘Kumar Sambhav’, and ‘Phag Bahar.’

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