Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away at 83!
Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his home in Delhi in the early hours of Monday after suffering a heart attack, according the media update. He was 83.
As per latest media reports, he died of a heart attack. Furthermore, he was playing with his grandsons at his residence when he fell unconscious. While he was rushed to the hospital soon after, the hospital authorities reportedly declared him brought dead. The reports also suggested that Pandit Birju Maharaj has been on dialysis after he was diagnosed with kidney disease a few days ago.
The news has been confirmed by the family members which has released a statement that reads as, “With profound grief and sorrow we inform the sad and untimely demise of our most beloved member of the family Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji. The noble soul left for his heavenly abode on 17th January 2022. Pray for the departed soul”.
For the information, Pandit ji or Maharaj ji, as he was fondly referred as by his disciples, was one of the best known Kathak dancers in India. In fact, he was a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers which includes his uncles Shambhu Maharaj, Lachhu Maharaj and his father Acchan Maharaj.
While Pandit Birju Maharaj’s unfortunate demise has sent a wave of grief across the nation, fans and celebs are taking to social media to pay their condolence.
Our deepest condolences to his family. RIP Pandit Birju Maharajji!