Everyone is shocked by the news of the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, the famous Indian classical dance 'Kathak' artist, and Padma Vibhushan awardee. At the age of 84, he said goodbye to the world. Birju Ji, one of the eminent artists of India, was suffering from a kidney ailment and was on 'dialysis'. Shortly before his death, he was playing Antakshari with his family members.
Said goodbye to the world while playing Antakshari
Known as Maharaj Ji, Birju Maharaj was about to turn 84 next month. At the time of his death, family members and his disciples were present around him. They were playing Antakshari after dinner when Maharaj suddenly started having some trouble. He was taken to the hospital but could not be saved. Many veterans including Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled his death.
For this reason, Brijmohan was named.
We all know about the achievements of Birju Maharaj Ji, but very few people would know that in the hospital where he was born, all other girls were born there except him. For this reason, he was named Brijmohan, which later became 'Birju' and then 'Birju Maharaj'. He had inherited Kathak dance.
Madhuri Dixit's dance was very much liked by her
Maharaj ji had choreographed in many films from 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi' to 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Gadar', 'Devdas', 'Dedh Ishqiya', 'Bajirao Mastani'. He has made many legendary actresses dance to his beat. Birju Maharaj was the one who taught Madhuri Dixit dance in 'Devdas'. Madhuri has always been his favorite dancer. He believes that Madhuri is also a great dancer like Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman.
Also taught Deepika Padukone
Maharaj Ji taught Kathak to Deepika Padukone in the song 'Mohe Rang Do Lal' from the film 'Bajirao Mastani'. Apart from this, Pandit Birju Maharaj has also choreographed the Kathak dance in the song 'Aan Milo Sajna' from the film 'Gadar'. He had no match in Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, and Ghazal singing. He also played many instruments very well.