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Birju Maharaj

birju maharaj

Birju Maharaj is a famous kathak dancer from India who has taken new heights by choreographing new Kathak dance dramas. He is also an eminent musician.

Personal Profile (Personal Biography)

  • - Original Name: Brijmohan Nath Mishra
  • - Popular Name: Pandit Birju Maharaj
  • - Date of Birth: February 4, 1938
  • - Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • - Birth Place: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • - Religion: Hindu
  • - Marital Status: Single


  • - Shatranj Ke Khiladi
  • - Dil To Pagal Hai
  • - Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
  • - Devdas

Interesting Facts About Birju Maharaj

  • - Birju Maharaj is a descendant of the legendary Maharaj family of Kathak dancers.
  • - He has an excellent command over Hindustani classical music.
  • - Birju Maharaj is an accomplished vocalist.
  • - Birju Maharaj started teaching the dance form at the young age of thirteen, at the Sangeet Bharti in New Delhi.
  • - He taught at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi.
  • - He also taught at the Kathak Kendra where he was Head of Faculty, and Director, retiring in 1998.
  • - Birju Maharaj started his own Kathak and Indian fine arts academy, Kalashram.
  • - He also taught at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi.

Awards and Honors

  • - He recieved Padma Vibhushan in 1986.
  • - He bagged Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
  • - He was also facilitated with Kalidas Samman.
  • - He received honorary Doctorate degrees from the Banaras Hindu University(Varanasi) and the Khairagarh University.
  • - He was the recipient of the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskaar in 2002.