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About Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj is a leading exponent and torch-bearer of Kathak dance form. He is the only son and disciple of Shri Achhan Maharaj and a familiar face of Indian Kathak dance all over the world. He has performed in several countries. He is a wonderful singer with a strong grip over Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan and Ghazals.

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  • What is dance according to you? Should everybody dance? What does it add to life?
  • They say dance is one of the ways to reach the divine or higher source of life. Could you please give your views on this?
  • You are an inspiration and a legend for so many generations. What is your daily regime and schedule?
  • How important are yoga, meditation and vegetarianism in a dancer's life?
  • As a legendary dancer, could you share any fulfilling memory?
  • Dancers often have a special bond with the creation, how would you like to share your feelings about nature?
  • In this age of the internet, many are doing a dance by watching online videos. What are your views on this?
  • What would your advice to an aspiring dancer?
  • How did you gain mastery over so many instruments like the Tabla, Santoor and vocal music?
  • Musicians often have a special bond with The Creation, especially nature, how would you like to share your feelings about nature?
  • What are the qualities of a good dancer?
  • Do you recall a point in your life and early journey in dance when you decided to commit to it in a manner that would make you an inspiration for generations to come?
  • What keeps you committed to your passion towards your art which you have come to define and redefine for students and audiences globally?
  • What is the daily routine that keeps you so youthful, versatile and active?
  • What is your idea of riyaaz (practice, in Urdu)?
  • How would you define the concept of quality in riyaaz?
  • After so many years of riyaaz, would you think that you have achieved your idea of perfection in dance?
  • How did you become Birju Maharaj from Brij Mohan Mishra?
  • Where did you learn Kathak dance?
  • You must have made someone a guru from your initial days?
  • How Kathak progressed due to the father's absence?
  • At what age did you get fame, when can your dance be recognized?
  • What gave rise to the development of Kathak in court culture?
  • What has changed in the Kathak style in these six decades?
  • Which genre is more powerful in singing or dancing in performance or effect?
  • There has been a big decline in the tradition of Guru-disciple, do you agree?
  • Who are your favourite disciples?
  • How much respect does Braj Mohan Mishra have for Birju Maharaj?
  • What does one need to do to become Birju?
  • In your academy Kalashram, why have you emphasised on developing sensitivity towards fine arts, yoga and voice culture among students?
  • Why is it important to remain a student all your life?
  • Is the government doing enough to encourage classical dance artists?
  • How do you see the changes happening in this art form?
  • How would you rate today’s actresses?
  • Your advice to filmmakers of new generation?
  • What’s so special about Kashi ghats, like the example of Ustad Bismillah Khan who finally closed his eyes in Varanasi?
  • Do you admittedly take the tradition of peeri mursheed ?
  • Your son Deepak has been doing really too good. what has been your contribution to grooming him to this stage?
  • Which Bhajan do you take to worship God?
  • As an artiste, what makes performing in Dubai so special to you?
  • From your forefathers teaching kathak to Wajid Ali Shah to now, your family has played an integral role in the evolution of Kathak as a dance form. As you pass the legacy to the next generation of students, what is the single biggest challenge that you face as a teacher if any at all?
  • You have been a vocal critic of fusion. What aspects of fusion do you find problematic?
  • There was a time when Indian classical dance was an important aspect of Bollywood films. There has been a steady decline in that, with Bollywood dance becoming a genre in itself. As an artist, why do you think this has happened? And how can Bollywood own classical music and dance?
  • In all these years of your teaching, you have taken very few ganda-bandh disciples. What are the qualities you look for in a ganda-bandh disciple?
  • Talking about films, your collaborations with Madhuri Dixit have led to some timeless performances. What is it about Madhuri the dancer that appeals to you the most when you choreograph songs for her?

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