Pandit Birju Maharaj is an exponent of the Handia (Rikhipur), Allahabad Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He has been awarded and honoured across the globe. The Govt of India has honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan award.
I convey my heartfelt best wishes and blessings to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji on his seventieth birth anniversary. I wish you a long and healthy life and may you continue your tireless service to the nation. You have always been a patron of the arts, and I hope that you will continue to encourage Indian classical singing, music and dance so that Indian culture and heritage may always remain vibrant as the soul of this great nation. The way you have led the country during the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed praiseworthy.
May you remain in good health and continue to serve the nation like this.