Kamal Haasan is heartbroken after learning about legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj's death on Monday (January 16). Birju Maharaj passed away at the age of 83 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The ‘Chachi 420’ actor called himself ‘Ekalavya’ who was learning from afar from guru Birju Maharaj before finally getting a chance to be choreographed by him in the film ‘Vishwaroopam'.
“We've lost a peerless dancer like Pandit Birju Maharaj. For several years, I learned from him, from a distance, as Ekalavya did.. then I got to learn from him in person for the film Vishwaroopam. ‘Without you insight, I'm not who I am”, tweeted the actor in Tamil.
The news of Pandit Birju Maharaj’s demise has caused grief to innumerable people, especially to people from cinema and performing arts, who see his death as “a loss of an institution”. Various celebrities like Hema Malini, Amjad Ali Khan, Subhash Ghai and Adnan Sami have mourned his death.