Doyen of India's culture, he left a mark across the world
Hindustan Times|January 18, 2022
Legendary dancer Birju Maharaj, who popularised the classical Kathak dance form around the world and became its most celebrated exponent by expanding its footprint from international festivals to Bollywood blockbusters, died in New Delhi on Monday. He was 83.
Vanessa Viegas

Born Brijmohan Nath Mishra in 1938 in Lucknow, Maharaj won a bouquet of national and global accolades, including the Padma Vibhushan in 1986, and became synonymous with Kathak in a career spanning nearly six decades. He is survived by five children, three daughters and two sons, and five grandchildren.

Maharaj-ji, as he was popularly known, died early on Monday in his New Delhi home, surrounded by his family and disciples, his daughter Ragini Maharaj said. He had his dinner and we were playing antakshari because he loved old music. He was lying down... and suddenly, his breathing became uneven. We think it was a cardiac arrest as he was also a heart patient, said Ragini, also a Kathak dancer.

“This happened between 12.15 am and 12.30 am. We rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, we could not save him, she said. Maharaj died just two weeks shy of his 84th birthday.

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