Veteran actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Monday condoled the death of legendary Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj and said he had learnt a lot from the matchless guru.Haasan paid glowing tributes to the Kathak icon, in a tweet in Tamil. The actor hailed Pandit Birju Maharaj as a peerless Kathak maestro.
ஈடு இணையற்ற நடனக் கலைஞரான பண்டிட் பிர்ஜூ மகராஜ் மறைந்தார்.ஓர் ஏகலைவனைப் போல பல்லாண்டுகள் தொலைவிலிருந்து அவதானித்தும்,விஸ்வரூபம் படத்திற்காக அருகிருந்தும் நான் கற்றுக்கொண்டவை ஏராளம்.இசைக்கும் நாட்டியத்திற்கும் தன் ஆயுளை அர்ப்பணித்துக்கொண்டவரே, ‘உன்னை காணாது நான் இன்று நானில்லையே’ pic.twitter.com/WC9bTUkjE2
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) January 17, 2022
Haasan said for many years he had learnt a lot from Maharaj by observing him 'from far away' like 'Ekalavya.'
Also, the actor said he had learnt many things from the Kathak guru by being close to him during the making of his flick 'Viswaroopam.'
"Pandit dedicated his life for the sake of music and dance," Haasan said and conveyed his grief and condolences over the maestro's death.
Birju Maharaj, who took the traditional Indian dance form to the world, died at his Delhi home in the early hours of Monday.
Remembering the Kathak maestro, actor Madhuri Dixit said that 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," she tweeted.
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
His death was also condoled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi."Deeply saddened by the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj ji, who gave Indian dance art a special recognition across the world. His passing is an irreparable loss to the entire art world. My condolences to his family and fans in this hour of grief," Modi tweeted in Hindi.
भारतीय नृत्य कला को विश्वभर में विशिष्ट पहचान दिलाने वाले पंडित बिरजू महाराज जी के निधन से अत्यंत दुख हुआ है। उनका जाना संपूर्ण कला जगत के लिए एक अपूरणीय क्षति है। शोक की इस घड़ी में मेरी संवेदनाएं उनके परिजनों और प्रशंसकों के साथ हैं। ओम शांति! pic.twitter.com/PtqDkoe8kd— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 17, 2022