Birju Maharaj, the legendary Kathak dancer, dies at 83
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Pandit Birju Maharaj, the torchbearer of Lucknow's Kalka-Bindadin Gharana of Kathak, passed away at the age of 83.
- He was a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj, who served as court dancer in Raigarh princely state.
- He also practiced Hindustani classical music and was a vocalist
- In 1964, he received the honorary Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and in 1986 he received Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian honor.
- He has choreographed for several films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi by Satyajit Ray till Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Devdas, Bajirao Mastani, and many others.
Classical Dance form of India
According to the government of India there are Eight classical dance form in India
Dance Origin /State
Bharatnatyam: Tamil Nadu
Manipuri Dance : Manipur
Kathak: North India, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan Delhi, Madhya Pradesh.
Odissi : Odisha
Kathakali : Kerala
Mohiniattam : Kerala
Kuchipudi: Mainly Andhra Pradesh
Sattriya : Assam
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