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Posted : Jan 17 01:27 AM
Legendary Kathak Dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj Passes Away at 83
Pandit Birju Maharaj, the doyen of the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak, died at his home in Delhi in the early hours of Monday, his granddaughter said. He would have been 84 next month.

Maharaj-ji, as he was popularly known, died surrounded by his family and disciples. They were playing ‘antakshari’ after dinner when he suddenly took ill, Ragini Maharaj told news agency PTI. The Kathak exponent, one of India’s best-known artistes, had been suffering from a kidney ailment and was under dialysis treatment. He probably died of a cardiac arrest, his granddaughter said.

PM Narendra Modi on Monday offered condolences on the demise of Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj, saying, "His passing is an irreparable loss to the entire art world." The PM added that Maharaj gave Indian dance art a "special recognition across the world". President Ram Nath Kovind also offered condolences, saying that his demise "marks the end of an era".

A recipient of the country’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was born Brij Mohan Nath Mishra on February 4, 1937, in a well-known Kathak dancing family. The news comes just days after his nephew and disciple Pt Munna Shukla passed away following a brief illness at 78.
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