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Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away at 83

Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his home in Delhi late Sunday after struggling a coronary heart assault, in keeping with DD News. He was 83.

A recipient of the nation’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was born as Brij Mohan Nath Mishra on February 4, 1937 in a well known Kathak dancing household. The information comes simply days after his nephew and disciple Pt Munna Shukla handed away following a quick sickness at 78.

Panditbirjumaharaj1 Kathak maestro Pt Birju Maharaj. (Express archive picture)

Pandit Birju Maharaj donned a number of hats throughout his lifetime. While he was greatest often called a Kathak dancer, he was an equally prolific singer, poet and painter. During a chat with The Indian Express final yr, he had stated: “I express in the best way I feel inspired to, and am blessed to have been able to wear these different hats.” He added, “I just see this as different expressions of my art. An artiste expresses his deepest emotions through his art, be it dance, music or visual art forms. I express in the best way I feel inspired to and am blessed to have been able to wear these different hats of a dancer, singer, poet and painter. It just comes to me naturally and is effortless. I am just the channel through which all this flows.”

Speaking about his journey from when he carried out for the primary time on the age of seven, he had stated, “It’s been an adventure. I have loved every aspect of my journey as a student, performer and teacher. Passing on your art form to passionate students is one of the most satisfying experiences for me as an artiste.”

Panditbirju Madhuri Archivenov30 Pandit Birju Maharaj together with his college students. (Express Archive)

While explaining as to how Kathak had adopted with age, he added: “I have tried to incorporate mathematics and numbers into the dance form so that children can easily connect to the difficult intricacies of Kathak.”


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