Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his home in Delhi late Sunday after suffering a heart attack, according to DD News. He was 83.
A recipient of the country’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was born as Brij Mohan Nath Mishra on February 4, 1937 in a well-known Kathak dancing family.
The news comes just days after his nephew and disciple Pt Munna Shukla passed away following a brief illness at 78.
Pandit Birju Maharaj donned several hats during his lifetime. While he was best known as a Kathak dancer, he was an equally prolific singer, poet and painter.
More details are awaited.