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Pandit Birju Maharaj's granddaughter Ragini pays tribute to Kathak maestro in moving post

India Today logo India Today 17-01-2022 Raya Ghosh
Pandit Birju Maharaj’s granddaughter Ragini pays tribute to Kathak maestro. (Photos: Instagram) Pandit Birju Maharaj’s granddaughter Ragini pays tribute to Kathak maestro. (Photos: Instagram)

Pandit Birju Maharaj's granddaughter Ragini Maharaj paid tribute to the Kathak maestro in a moving post on Instagram today. Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his Delhi home at the age of 83 in the early hours of Monday.

In her Instagram post, Ragini shared a picture of Pandit Birju Maharaj and said in the caption, "Krishna aur Shiv mein bhi hod hogi ki Brijshyam toh mere hai."

See Ragini's post for Pandit Birju Maharaj here:

Speaking to news agency ANI after Pandit Birju Maharaj's death, Ragini said that the Kathak maestro was undergoing treatment since the past one month.

"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 minutes, but he passed away," Ragini was quoted as saying by ANI.

Ragini, moreover, also said that Pandit Birju Maharaj was always fascinated by gadgets. "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," Ragini Maharaj added.

Condolence messages poured in on Twitter after Pandit Birju Maharaj's death as politicians and celebrities paid tribute to the Kathak maestro.

Pandit Birju Maharaj was an exponent of the Kalka-Bindadin Gharana of Lucknow. Pandit Birju Maharaj received India's second-highest civil honour, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1986 for his contributions in the field of dance.

(With inputs from ANI)

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