Legendary Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj dies at age 83

Legendary Kathak Dancer Birju Maharaj died at his home in the early morning hours of January 17. He was 83.

Popularly known as Maharaj Ji, he was India’s best known artists and had been suffering from a kidney ailment because of which he was under dialysis treatment.

He died while surrounded by his family and disciples. He was playing antakshari with his family after dinner when he became ill. He probably died of cardiac arrest, said his granddaughter. He was immediately taken to the hospital but couldn’t be saved as told by his granddaughter.