Pandit Birju Maharaj Age, Family, Wife, Children, Biography & More

Pt. Birju Maharaj

Full NamePandit Brijmohan Mishra
NicknameBirju Maharaj
ProfessionKathak Dancer
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper (Semi Bald)
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 February 1938
Age (as in 2017)79 Years
Birth PlaceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityBanaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Khairagarh University, Khairagarh
Educational QualificationsDoctorate Degrees in Classical Dancing & Singing
FamilyFather- Acchan Maharaj
Mother- Amma Ji Maharaj
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseName Not Known (Deceased)
ChildrenSons- Jaikishan Maharaj, Deepak Maharaj
Daughters- Kavita Maharaj, Anita Maharaj, Mamta Maharaj
Pt. Birju Maharaj

 Some Lesser Known Facts About Pandit Birju Maharaj

  • Pt. Birju Maharaj is the proponent of the ‘Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin’ gharana of Kathak dance in India.
  • He is the descendant of the legendary Kathak dancers, including his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj.
  • He gave his first recital at the age of seven.
  • He was trained by his uncles and his father.
  • His father died when he was nine and after few years of struggle, his family moved to Delhi.
  • He then started teaching Kathak at the young age of 13, at Sangeet Bharti in New Delhi.
  • He composed the music, and sang, for two dance sequences in the Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khilari.
  • He choreographed the song ‘Kaahe Chhed Mohe’ from the film- Devdas, ‘Deewani’ song from Bajirao Mastani, Dedh Ishqiya, Umrao Jaan and many more Bollywood songs.
  • He has also won many accolades, including Padma Vibhushan in 1986, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Kalidas Samman.