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Shambhu Maharaj

Shambhu Maharaj

Indian dancer
Shambhu Maharaj
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Intro Indian dancer
Is Dancer
From India
Type Dancing
Gender male
Death 4 November 1970
The details


Pandit Shambhu Maharaj (1910; November 4, 1970) was a celebrated Guru of the Lucknow Gharana (school) of the Indian classical dance form, Kathak.

Early life and training

He was born in Lucknow. His actual name is Shambhunath Mishra. He was the youngest son of Kalka Prasad Maharaj. He received his training from his father, uncle Bindadin Maharaj and his eldest brother Achchan Maharaj, and also had another elder brother Lacchu Maharaj. He learned Hindustani classical music from Ustad Rahimuddin Khan.


In 1952, he joined the Bharatiya Kala Kendra (later, Kathak Kendra), New Delhi. He became the head of the Dance (Kathak) department. He was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967 and the Padmashri in 1956.


He had two sons, Krishnamohan and Rammohan and a daughter, Rameshwari. Amongst his pupils, the most noted exponents of Kathak are his nephew Birju Maharaj, Kumudini Lakhia, Damayanti Joshi, Maya Rao, Bharati Gupta, Uma Sharma and Rina Singha. His son Rammohan Maharaj was also his disciple and continues to perform his style.

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