Shambhu Maharaj

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Shambhu Maharaj
Born 1910
Died 4 November 1970(1970-11-04) (aged 59–60)
Occupation Indian classical music dancer
Years active 1952-1970
Known for Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

Pandit Shambhu Maharaj (1910; November 4, 1970) was a celebrated Guru of the Lucknow Gharana (school) of the Indian classical dance form, Kathak.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

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.[2][3] His son Rammohan Maharaj was also his disciple and continues to perform his style.[4]


  1. ^ Banerji, p. 82
  2. ^ Singha, R. and Massey R. (1967) Indian Dances, Their History and Growth, Faber and Faber, London, p.232
  3. ^ Shoba Narayan (July 26, 2014). "How Kathak breached the north-south divide". Mint (newspaper). Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Dance Review: Nritya Sangam". Deccan Herald. 10 March 2010. 


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