Testimonials

Leela Venkataraman - Dance Critic

Dance is the greatest expression of joy a human being has. It gives happiness to both performer and viewer. Every human being has dance within him. For what is dance but movement invested with grammar and rhythm and grace? For most youngsters dancing comes out spontaneously even without training as an abandoned expression of joy. The awareness of dance which comes through a teacher is different, for it has movement stylized with grammar, rhythm and grace. The teacher’s task is to make the student consciously aware of the dance within him. Which is why, there are always two stages to a person’s dance career – the first when he or she discovers the dance within – and the second more evolved stage which comes when one discovers oneself in the dance.

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Sharon Lowen - Odissi, Chhau, and Manipur Dancer Artist

The Pt. Birju Maharaj Parampara provides a rare and wonderful opportunity for students to imbibe the living legacy of the Kalka Bindadin Garana of Lucknow. The continuation of the guru-shishya parampara is a challenge to maintain in today’s world and Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj and Ruby Misra are doing a superb job training their disciples in this tradition. Their devotion to their art, their guru and their students seen through their outstanding choreography and teaching ensures that the highest standards of Kathak are maintained and shared. I congratulate them both and their disciples on this occasion.

Warmest best wishes for your continuing success!

Sitara Devi - Kathak Queen

मेरी तरफ से जयकिशन को मेरा प्यार और आशीष | यह बेहद ख़ुशी कि बात है कि आप कालका - बिंदादीन महाराज द्वारा स्थापित घराने की परम्परा के दीपक को रोशन किये हुए हैं | आपके पिताश्री श्री बिरजू महाराज को सारी दुनिया में इज्ज़त व् मान सम्मान प्राप्त हुआ | आज जो देश विदेश में सैंकड़ो लोग कत्थक नृत्य सीख रहे हैं, नाच रहे हैं, इसमें बिरजू महाराज का बड़ा योगदान है | बिरजू महाराज मेरे छोटे भाई हैं |

मुझे याद है की हंडिया गाँव से हमारे पूर्वज के कुछ लोग लखनऊ चले गए थे, कुछ लोग बनारस, कुछ मथुरा; इसी तरह से अलग अलग स्थान में पलायन कर गए, और इसी तरह से कई घरानों का जन्म हुआ है | सही मायनो में श्री ठाकुर प्रसाद के द्वारा स्थापित हुए इस कत्थक नृत्य को कालका- बिंदादीन महाराज ने आगे बढाते हुए राजा - नवाबों से मान सम्मान दिलाया | आगे चल कर कालका - बिंदादीन महाराज घराने की परंपरा को आगे तक पहुँचाने का कार्य किया: श्री अच्छन महाराज, श्री लच्छू महाराज, श्री शम्भू महाराज |

मेरे पिताश्री श्री आचार्य सुखदेव महाराज चाहते थे कि मैं अपने चाचाओं की शैली सीखूं, सो मुझे इन गुरुजनों ने सिखाया, हम सभी एक ही परिवार के हैं | सभी रिश्तेदार. मैं ये इसलिए कह रही हूँ, कि आज जो मान-सम्मान, जो इज्ज़त मुझे नाम के द्वारा प्राप्त हुआ है, इसमें सभी गुरुजनों का बड़ा हाथ है |

जय किशन इसी परंपरा को बढाते हुए आज जो कार्य कर रहे हैं, और अपने पिताश्री श्री बिरजू महाराज (लखनऊ घराना) कि शैली को कायम रखा है | इसके उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए मेरी ओर से लाखों शुभकामनाएं व् आशीष |

Girija Devi - Indian Classical Singer

I hereby give my heartful wishes to your esteemed school of dance, Birju Maharaj Parampara which will create a landmark in expansion of dance and music. I sincerely pray to Lord Vishwanath that you will carry on the tradition and reach even greater height of success.

With my heart-felt best wishes and blessings!

Munna Shukla - Kathak guru and choreographer

Birju Maharaj Parampara is working with total dedication towards the spread and preservation of the rich tradition of Kathak nurtured by Pt. Birju Maharaj. My blessings to Smt. Ruby Mishra and Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj in this endeavours of theirs!

Shovana Narayan - Kathak dancer and guru

Over past years, Birju Maharaj Parampara has done yeomen work in preserving, propagating and popularizing the rich classical heritage of Kathak and in conserving and safegaurding the flavour of the art of the great maestro Birju Maharaj.

I wish Jai Kishan and Ruby all the very best in their dedication and sincere efforts.

Uma Sharma - Kathak dancer and guru

I am giving my very good wishes to your school of Dance, Birju Maharaj Parampara and I am very sure that you will carry on the tradition of great masters in Kathak like Guru Shambhu Maharaj and Guru Birju Maharaj.

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