Pandit Birju Maharaj touches feet of young student while teaching her Kathak. Old video surfaces online

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Pandit Birju Maharaj touches feet of young student while teaching her Kathak. Old video surfaces online

Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his Delhi home on January 17. With his demise, a glorious era of dance came to an end as politicians, celebrities and people from all walks of life paid tribute to the legendary dancer on Twitter. “Maharaj ji”, as he was popularly known, died surrounded by his family and disciples.

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Among several videos of Maharaj ji that surfaced on social media after his death, an old video of his interaction with a young pupil is now doing the rounds of the internet. The clip, shared on Twitter by Sarvan_K86, shows Pandit Birju Maharaj giving his blessings to a young student.

The video begins with Pandit Birju Maharaj offering a pair of ghungroos to the little girl. After putting tilak on the girl’s forehead, he proceeds to teach her how to stand in the beginning of a performance by touching her feet. The down-to-earth gesture from the Kathak legend is something that you simply cannot miss.

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Great respect to beloved #birjumaharaj ji you and #Kathak aren’t two different things to me. #rip pic.twitter.com/JeTPGz9aYn

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— Sarvan_K86 (@go3ram) January 17, 2022

Pandit Birju Maharaj died at his Delhi home at the age of 83. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, singer Adnan Sami, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and actress Madhuri Dixit remembered Maharaj ji in moving posts on social media.

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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 17, 2022

He was a legend but had a child like innocence. He was my guru but also my friend. He taught me the intricacies of dance and Abhinay but never failed to make me laugh at his funny anecdotes. pic.twitter.com/KfcqravsXX

— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) January 17, 2022

The demise of legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj marks the end of an era. It leaves a deep void in the Indian music and cultural space. He became an icon, making unparalleled contribution to popularise Kathak globally. Condolences to his family and admirers.

— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 17, 2022

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— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 17, 2022

Extremely saddened by the news about the passing away of Legendary Kathak Dancer- Pandit Birju Maharaj ji.

We have lost an unparalleled institution in the field of the performing arts. He has influenced many generations through his genius.

May he rest in peace.#BirjuMaharaj pic.twitter.com/YpJZEeuFjH

— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) January 16, 2022

The Kathak legend received India’s second-highest civil honour, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1986 for his contributions in the field of dance.

ALSO READ | Pandit Birju Maharaj’s granddaughter Ragini pays tribute to Kathak maestro in moving post

ALSO READ: Madhuri Dixit pays tribute to guru Pandit Birju Maharaj, says he was a legend with child-like innocence

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