Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted that he was deeply saddened by the death of Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj. The Padma Vibhushan awardee died of a suspected cardiac arrest in a New Delhi hospital early on Monday.
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.