President Ram Nath Kovind, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Tendulkar, and actress Yami Gautam all tweeted their condolences following the death of Birju Maharaj. “The passing of the legend Pandit Birju Maharaj is the end of a period,” President Ram Nath Kovind said of Birju Maharaj’s death. It leaves a significant void in the Indian musical and cultural landscape. He became an icon, and he was instrumental in popularising Kathak on a global scale. “My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans.”
Kathak emperor Pandit Birju Maharaj died of a heart attack late on Sunday night. Birju Maharaj, aged 83, breathed his last at a hospital in Saket, Delhi. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to the arts. His granddaughter Ragini Maharaj told that he was undergoing treatment for a month. But last night he had trouble breathing, due to which he was immediately brought to the hospital. However, doctors could not save his life.
Birju Maharaj was born in Lucknow on February 4, 1937. Brij Mohan Nath Mishra was his given name. He came from a family that was well-known for their Kathak dancing. Birju Maharaj’s father Achhan Maharaj, uncle Shambhu Maharaj, and Lachhu Maharaj were all well-known Kathak dancers.
He first performed Kathak dance in public when she was seven years old. When asked about it, he said, “It was a real adventure.” “I enjoy every step of my journey as a student, performer, and teacher.” He was both a Kathak dancer and a classical singer. Throughout his career, he choreographed dance for films such as ‘Devdas,’ ‘Dedh Ishqiya,’ ‘Umrao Jaan,’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani.’
“An artist expresses his or her inner feelings through his or her art, whether it is dance, music, or visual arts.” I express myself best in ways that inspire me. “I consider myself fortunate to be able to wear many hats in the arts, including dancer, singer, poet, and painter.” V