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Legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj passes away

Legendary Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj died at his home on January 17, his granddaughter said. He would have been 84 next month.

They were playing ‘antakshari’ after dinner when he suddenly took ill, Ragini Maharaj told.

Birju Maharaj, one of India’s best known and most loved artistes, was from Lucknow, Kalka-Bindadin Gharana. He has five children, three daughters and two sons, and five grandchildren.

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"This happened between 12.15 and 12.30 a.m. It must have been just a minute or so. We rushed to the hospital but unfortunately, we could not save him. He died before reaching the hospital,"

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