Birju Maharaj : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Facts and Biography

Brij Mohan was a Kathak legend  a superb drummer, playing nearly all drums with ease and precision and performed in several countries know all about his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Facts and Biography

Birju Maharaj Biography

  Bio
Name Pandit Brijmohan Mishra
Birthdate  4 February 1938
Died 16 January 2022
Place of Birth Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Name not Known
Children Sons– Jaikishan Maharaj, Deepak Maharaj
Daughters– Kavita Maharaj, Anita Maharaj, Mamta Maharaj
Mother Amma Ji Maharaj
Father Acchan Maharaj
Siblings
Education Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Khairagarh University, Khairagarh
Profession Dancer
Last Update 2022

Brij Mohan Nath Mishra popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj, was an exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He was a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj. He also practised Hindustani classical music and was a vocalist.After working along with his uncle, Shambhu Maharaj at Bhartiya Kala Kendra, later the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, he remained head of the latter, for several years, till his retirement in 1998 when he opened his own dance school, Kalashram, also in Delhi.

Birju Maharaj Early Life and Family

Birju Maharaj was born in the house of Kathak exponent, Jagannath Maharaj, popularly known as Acchan Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana, who served as court dancer in Raigarh princely state.Birju was trained by his uncles, Lachhu Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj and his father, and he gave his first recital at the age of seven. On 20 May 1947, his father died when he was nine.

Birju Maharaj Wife, Was Birju Maharaj Married

Birju Maharaj was a Married Man But he has not reveal the identity of his wife.He has two Sons named Jaikishan Maharaj, Deepak Maharaj and three daughters named Kavita Maharaj, Anita Maharaj, Mamta Maharaj

Birju Maharaj Net Worth

Brij Mohan was a Kathak legend  a superb drummer, playing nearly all drums with ease and precision and performed in several countries has an estimated Net Worth around $50K – $100K IN 2022.

Awards

Pandit Birju Maharaj has won several honors and awards including the coveted Padma Vibhushan (1986).

He has been awarded with the Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

He has also been honored with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Soviet Land Nehru Award and Sangam Kala Award among other awards.

In 2002, Pandit Birju Maharaj was honored with the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskaar.

In 2012, he bagged the National Film Award for Best Choreography for the movie ‘Vishwaroopam’.

Birju Maharaj Career

Maharaj started teaching the dance form at the age of thirteen, at the Sangeet Bharti in New Delhi. He then taught at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi, and at the Kathak Kendra where he was Head of Faculty, and director, retiring in 1998 after which he opened his own dance school, Kalashram, also in Delhi. He composed the music, and sang, for two dance sequences in the Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khilari, and choreographed the song Kaahe Chhed Mohe from the 2002 film version of novella Devdas.

Pandit Birju Maharaj was especially fond of playing the Tabla and Naal, according to his official website.

Birju Maharaj was also a singer par excellence, having command over Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan and Ghazal.

Cause of Death

Birju Maharaj passed away due to a heart attack on 16 January 2022 at the age of 83 at his residence in Delhi.

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