Kamal Haasan on Monday paid a heart-warming tribute to one of India’s greatest dance legends, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who passed away late on Sunday at the age of 83.
Taking to Twitter, the actor posted a picture of Maharaj ji training him and actress Andrea for ‘Unnai Kaanaadhu…’, the famous song from ‘Vishwaroopam’, the first line of which when translated, reads, “I am not myself today as a result of being unable to see you.”
The dance sequence won Maharaj the National Film Award for choreography in 2012.
Switching over to Tamil, Kamal wrote in his tweet: “The incomparable dance legend Pandit Birju Maharaj has passed away. Like an Ekalavya, I learnt a lot from him by observing him from a distance for many years. I learnt a lot from close quarters for ‘Vishwaroopam’.”
ஈடு இணையற்ற நடனக் கலைஞரான பண்டிட் பிர்ஜூ மகராஜ் மறைந்தார்.ஓர் ஏகலைவனைப் போல பல்லாண்டுகள் தொலைவிலிருந்து அவதானித்தும்,விஸ்வரூபம் படத்திற்காக அருகிருந்தும் நான் கற்றுக்கொண்டவை ஏராளம்.இசைக்கும் நாட்டியத்திற்கும் தன் ஆயுளை அர்ப்பணித்துக்கொண்டவரே, ‘உன்னை காணாது நான் இன்று நானில்லையே’ pic.twitter.com/WC9bTUkjE2— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) January 17, 2022
The actor concluded his tweet with the lines of the song for which he trained under Maharaj ji, saying: “A legend who dedicated his life to music and dance, ‘I am not myself today as a result of being unable to see you’.”
The actor, in one of his speeches earlier, too had talked about the experience of training under Pandit Birju Maharaj.
He had then said, “My experience was exhilarating. Andrea dances with me in the song and she knows what a great teacher Birju Maharaj saab is.”