Pandit Birju Maharaj Age, Family, Wife, Children, Biography & More
Bio Full NamePandit Brijmohan Mishra NicknameBirju Maharaj ProfessionKathak Dancer Physical Stats & More Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourSalt and Pepper (Semi Bald) Personal Life Date of Birth4 February 1938 Age (as in 2017)79 Years Birth PlaceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius NationalityIndian HometownDelhi, India SchoolNot Known College/UniversityBanaras Hindu University, Varanasi Khairagarh University, Khairagarh Educational QualificationsDoctorate Degrees in Classical Dancing & Singing FamilyFather- Acchan Maharaj Mother- Amma Ji Maharaj Brother- Not Known Sister- Not Known ReligionHinduism Girls, Affairs and More Marital StatusMarried Wife/SpouseName Not Known (Deceased) ChildrenSons- Jaikishan Maharaj, Deepak Maharaj Daughters- Kavita Maharaj, Anita Maharaj, Mamta Maharaj
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pandit Birju Maharaj
Pt. Birju Maharaj is the proponent of the ‘Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin’ gharana of Kathak dance in India.
He is the descendant of the legendary Kathak dancers, including his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj.
He gave his first recital at the age of seven.
He was trained by his uncles and his father.
His father died when he was nine and after few years of struggle, his family moved to Delhi.
He then started teaching Kathak at the young age of 13, at Sangeet Bharti in New Delhi.
He composed the music, and sang, for two dance sequences in the Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khilari.
He choreographed the song ‘Kaahe Chhed Mohe’ from the film- Devdas, ‘Deewani’ song from Bajirao Mastani, Dedh Ishqiya, Umrao Jaan and many more Bollywood songs.
He has also won many accolades, including Padma Vibhushan in 1986, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Kalidas Samman.