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Papon recalls his meeting with Pandit Birju Maharaj: 'Blessed to have spent time with him'

Papon tweeted "Blessed to have spent time with this greatness of a personality with a heart of a child." He added that he regretted not being able to meet Maharaj ji again "for what I dreamt with him".  

India TV Entertainment Desk Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk
New Delhi Published on: January 18, 2022 6:22 IST
Papon, Pandit Birju Maharaj
Image Source : TWITTER/PAPON

Papon recalls his meeting with Pandit Birju Maharaj: 'Blessed to have spent time with him'

Highlights

  • Birju Maharaj passed away after suffering a heart attack
  • Birju Maharaj was the son of the exponent of the Lucknow gharana
  • He was 83

Pandit Birju Maharaj transcended generations and geographies to touch a chord with different artistes in different ways. One of them is the singer and composer Papon, which is how the world knows Angaraag Mahanta, who posted a heartfelt tweet after hearing about Maharaj ji's demise. In his quest to popularise Assam's Xatriya dance form, Papon spent time with Maharaj ji and drew an immediate warm response from the maestro, which he has recorded in the second episode of his YouTube series, 'The Land of the Sacred Beats'.

On Monday, Papon tweeted "Blessed to have spent time with this greatness of a personality with a heart of a child." He added that he regretted not being able to meet Maharaj ji again "for what I dreamt with him".

He was referring to a possible collaboration with Maharaj ji to bring the Xatriya dance into the mainstream. Papon ended his tweet in Assamese: "Xaanti paok teur aataamai! (May your soul rest in peace!)"

Along with the tweet, Papon carried a throwback picture in black-and-white of him with Maharaj ji at the maestro's home in Delhi.

The legendary Kathak dancer passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 83. He was at his home in Delhi. Brijmohan Mishra, fondly called Pandit-ji or Maharaj-ji by his students and followers, he was one of India's best known artistes. He was a recipient of the country's second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan. 

He was said to be playing with his grandsons when his health unexpectedly deteriorated, requiring him to be rushed to the hospital, where he died of a heart attack. He died surrounded by his family and disciples. He is survived by five children, three daughters and two sons, and five grandchildren.

(With IANS Inputs)