Pandit Birju Maharaj (IANS/File photo)

Pandit Birju Maharaj (IANS/File photo)

Kathak's living legend, Pandit Birju Maharaj, dies at 83

New Delhi, January 17, 2022

Living legend of Kathak, Birju Maharaj, who had been diagnosed with kidney disease a few days ago and put on dialysis, died here late on Sunday.

He was 83.

Maharaj ji, as he was popularly known, was said to be playing with his grandsons when his health unexpectedly deteriorated, requiring him to be rushed to the hospital, where he died of a heart attack.

Also a talented Hindustani classical singer and percussionist, Maharaj ji was the son of Acchan Maharaj. His uncles were the renowned Shambhu Maharaj and Lacchu Maharaj.

He was a recipient of the country's second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan.


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