Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his house in Delhi late Sunday after struggling a coronary heart assault. He was 83.
A recipient of the nation’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was fondly referred to as Pandit-ji or Maharaj-ji by his disciples and legions of followers, and was one in all India’s greatest recognized artistes.
In accordance with experiences, Birju Maharaj was enjoying together with his grandsons late on Sunday night time when his well being deteriorated and he grew to become unconscious. He was taken to hospital the place he was declared lifeless.
He was identified with kidney illness a number of days in the past and had been on dialysis.
Birju Maharaj was a descendant of the Maharaj household of Kathak dancers, which incorporates his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj.
The Kathak legend was additionally an excellent drummer, enjoying almost all drums with ease and precision; he was particularly keen on enjoying the Tabla and Naal, in keeping with his official website.
Birju Maharaj was additionally a singer par excellence, having command over Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan and Ghazal.
A grasp storyteller, he interlaced his performances with incidents from his life, narrated to captivate the viewers. Additionally being keenly observant, he at all times had one thing to say about day-to-day incidents, maintaining individuals round him entertained with lifelike imitations and vivid descriptions.