The Dancing Sage, Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj is a well-known Kathak dancer and torchbearer. He is Shri Achhan Maharaj’s only son and a well-known figure in the world of Indian Kathak dance. He’s travelled to a variety of nations to perform. He’s a fantastic vocalist who knows Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, and Ghazals like the back of his hand. At the age of seven, he gave his very first performance. Pandit Birju Maharaj is a Kathak dancer, poet, and orator who is both sympathetic and compelling.

His never-ending efforts to elevate Kathak to new heights paid off when he was able to draw attention to the dance form not only in India but also in the West.

Birju Maharaj was born into the family of Jagannath Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana, a prominent Kathak proponent. Birju’s father, Achhan Maharaj, spent a lot of time teaching young Birju the principles of Kathak dance. He also went with his father to areas where he was invited to demonstrate his abilities. Birju began learning the dance at an early age as a result. Lachhu Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj, his uncles, also assisted him in learning Kathak. Birju’s father died in 1947, which was a tragic moment for him.

Birju Maharaj began teaching at the age of thirteen. He went on to teach at the well-known Bharatiya Kala Kendra after a successful tenure at Sangeet Bharati, where he began his career. Soon after, he was allowed to lead a group of teachers at the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Kathak Kendra. He retired from the Kathak Kendra as Head of Faculty in 1998, at the age of 60, after many years of service.

In the middle of the bustling and fast-paced urban lifestyle, Kalashram’s classrooms, practise halls, and amphitheatre represent a rural setting. The natural surroundings, which include several trees and ponds, are incredibly motivating and bring everyone at the institute closer to the country’s basic, unassuming, yet rich heritage.

The institute’s goal is to produce extremely brilliant students who will not only excel in their studies but also live modest, humble, and disciplined lives.

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