Famous Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj died on 17 Jan 2022 at the age of 83 due to heart attack.
- He was born on 4 Feb 1938 in Lucknow.
- The artistic personality of Pandit Birju Maharaj has been such, which is considered to be beyond logic. He was a guru, dancer, choreographer, singer & composer. They used to play percussion.
- Birju Maharaj, who was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1983, also choreographed dance in many Bollywood films, including films like Umrao Jaan, Dedh Ishqiyaan, Bajirao Mastani.
- Apart from Padma Vibhushan – he has also received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award & Kalidas Samman
- In 2012, he was awarded National Film Award for his choreography in the film Vishwaroopam.