Emperor of Kathak dance, dance artist “Pandit Birju Maharaj” passes away

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.

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