Kathak India
Birju Maharaj

birju maharaj parampara

Parampara of Kathak

Birju Maharaj Parampara, a register society dedicated to the spread of Kathak dance was found in the year 2003, by Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj ( elder son of the legendary Kathak maestro, Padam Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj ) and his wife Smt. Ruby Mishra

In our ancient and traditional beliefs, freedom of self expression through discipline is path of spirituality. Our traditional and classical forms of art have always taken us to an elevated level of spirituality and this connection infuses our souls with immense fulfillment. India’s well known North Indian classical dance form ‘kathak’ is among the anthology of varied established cultural art forms. Birju Maharaj Parampara endeavours to bestow the true meaning and discipline of “Kathak” to its students and carry on the legacy forward.

Birju Maharaj Parampara is a registered society founded in 2003, by Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj (elder son of the legendary Kathak maestro, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj), and his wife, Smt. Ruby Mishra. It has been founded with the objective of imparting Kathak training in its purest form. The parampara follows the traditions of the Lucknow Gharana. The parampara nurtures its disciples in the true Guru –Shishya Parampara. The institute is affiliated to Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. The following highly distinguished artistes have a kind support to serve as Birju Maharaj Parampara's Patrons: Smt. Girja Devi, Pt. Rajan Mishra, Pt. Sajan Mishra, Pt. Kumar Bose, Sh. Ismail Darbar, Pt. Debu Choudhury.

Kalka- Bindadin Gharana: The Lucknow Gharana of Kathak came into existence in the beginning of the 19th century. Prakashji came to the court of Nawab Asaf-ul-Daula and was employed in the court. Later Thakur Prasadji was also employed in the court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Kalka Prasad and Bindadin Maharaj were also employed in the court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Wajid Ali Shah himself was a great poet, composer and connoisseur of music and dance. It is said that Maharaj Kalka Bindadin was the architect of the present form of Lucknow Gharana , which is widely also known as Kalka-Bindadin Gharana. The Kalka Bindadin family provided the form with strength and generations thereafter nurtured their unique style, with the contribution of the Maharaj brothers (Achchan, Shambhu and Lachhu Maharaj) being paramount. The Muslim patrons had no patience with mere technical virtuosity. They wanted to see an art which mirrored life in all its moods. So, the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak came to be characterised as a dance which was graceful, decorative, suggestive, expressive and sensuous.

“Bhava” became the forte of the Kalka-Bindadin Gharana. In this way their dance became capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of emotion.

Vision and Value

Our Vision & Values

The Parampara is an institution committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Indian dance, Kathak. The insitute has a reputation for excellence in the field of Kathak.

The main objective of Parampara is to train proficient dancers committed to pursuing the art as profession. To attain this objective the training courses are designed with great attention and in manner to prepare artises of highest professional standards. Besides, the Parampara has the dedicated service of a team of highly qualified and eminent masters as its faculty member.

Over the years Parampara has been wholly involved to promote this North Indian classical Dance style through its innovative and promotional activities. Festivals and workshops are organised in the Parampara through out the year involving Kathak artistes from all over India.


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Our Team

Our Team

Management Team of the institute includes Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj as its Chairman and Smt. Ruby Mishra as Secretary. Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj hails from the renowned family of Kathak dancers of the country known as the Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Lucknow. He is a devoted guru having talent manifold. A soloist, a choreographer with expertise in percussion instruments (Tabla, Pakhawaj and many other Indian drums), he is also a music composer and vocalist. Among his many notable works, he has choreographed for Bollywood film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’. He has accompanied Pandit Birju Maharaj on several concert tours in India and abroad. He has given solo performances in various ‘Festivals of India’ held over the years in Russia, U.S.A., Japan, France, Middle East, South Africa, Italy and Norway. At present he is a member of the teaching faculty of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.

Smt. Ruby Mishra, wife of Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj and daughter –in-law of Pandit Birju Maharaj, is an exceptionally gifted Kathak dancer. She has given Kathak a new dimension by blending tradition with modernity. Along with her husband, she has choreographed unique fusion compositions for the famous fashion designer, Manish Malhotra. Beginning her training in Kathak at the age of thirteen, she received advanced training from Pandit Birju Maharaj and Pandit Durga Lal. Graduating from the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, with distinction, she taught at Sangeet Bharati, New Delhi, in the initial years. She is a choreographer, music composer and lyricist, who besides running her own school of dance, also assists Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj in choreography. Her energy and dedication radiates to all those who train under her.

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