World-famous Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj passed away at his home in Delhi on Sunday. The 83-year-old died after suffering a heart attack, his family members said. Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji was a Padma Vibhushan awardee fondly known as Pandit-Ji or Maharaj-Ji by his disciples. He came from the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers and followed the Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Kathak.
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Maharaj Ji’s grandson shared this unfortunate news on social media, he said, “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 Jan 2022. Pray for the departed soul.. Grief-stricken: Maharaj family,”
As per various media reports, Birju Maharaj’s health condition deteriorated on Sunday night while he was playing with his grandson. He was unconscious and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was diagnosed with kidney disease a few days ago and was undergoing dialysis, NDTV reported.
Apart from being an exceptional Kathak dancer, he was also a highly respected and well known classical singer. He has been a voice in many film songs. For his remarkable contribution, the Indian government had honoured him with the Padma VIbhushan award in 1986. He has received several other prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Sangam Kala Award, along with honorary doctorates from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya and Banaras Hindu University.
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