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Legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away!

Industry’s legendary Kathak dancer and choreographer Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away at the age of 83. According to the media reports, he passed away due to a heart attack 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.

His family members announced his death by releasing an official statement that read 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”.

Talking about his demise, Pandit Birju Maharaj’s granddaughter Ragini Maharaj told ANI, “He was under treatment for the past month. He had sudden breathlessness at around 12:15-12:30 am last night; we brought him to the hospital within 10 mins, but he passed away. He loved gadgets, always wanted to buy them at the earliest. He always said, if not a dancer, he’d have been a mechanic, his image in my mind will always be smiling”.

To the unversed, Birju Maharaj has choreographed a lot of Bollywood stars including Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, etc.

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