End of an Era: India Mourns the Demise of Legendary Kathak Dancer Birju Maharaj
"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," Birju Maharaj's granddaughter Ragini Maharaj told Indian news agency ANI.
भारतीय नृत्य कला को विश्वभर में विशिष्ट पहचान दिलाने वाले पंडित बिरजू महाराज जी के निधन से अत्यंत दुख हुआ है। उनका जाना संपूर्ण कला जगत के लिए एक अपूरणीय क्षति है। शोक की इस घड़ी में मेरी संवेदनाएं उनके परिजनों और प्रशंसकों के साथ हैं। ओम शांति! pic.twitter.com/PtqDkoe8kd— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 17, 2022
Extremely saddened by the news about the passing away of Legendary Kathak Dancer- Pandit Birju Maharaj ji.— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) January 16, 2022
We have lost an unparalleled institution in the field of the performing arts. He has influenced many generations through his genius.
May he rest in peace.🙏🖤#BirjuMaharaj pic.twitter.com/YpJZEeuFjH
Sad to know about the demise of kathak legend & vocalist Padma Vibhushan Pandit #birjumaharaj ji after suffering a heart attack in Delhi.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 17, 2022
Its an end of an era .
My heartfelt condolences to his family & near ones .
ॐ शान्ति !
Loss of the nation 💔🙏🏻...— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) January 17, 2022
Legend of Indian Kathak, the great Maestro, Padma Vibhushan Pt #BirjuMaharaj ji has passed away. His invaluable contribution to nation's art & culture will be honoured always. His legacy will live on.
Om Shanti 🙏🏻 #BirjuMaharaj pic.twitter.com/q5JD5dhyC2
The nation lost one of its greatest exponents of #Kathak. End of an era. May God give his fans, followers, friends and family members enough strength to deal with this monumental loss & May the departed soul rest in peace. Ohm Shanti! #birjumaharaj pic.twitter.com/g9NPeFeBWj— KunalSarangi (@KunalSarangi) January 17, 2022