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Lucknow gharana kathak - Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj's rendition for film Devdas: An example from Lucknow gharana of Kathak. The choreography is by Birju Maharaj, the ruling doyen of Lucknow gharana Kathak, from the Bindadin-Kalka family of the Nawabi period in Lucknow. The lyrics are courtesy Birju Maharaj from his ancestral collection. This song was written especially for Kathak by Bindadin, the man who made this family famous.
Birju Maharaj is now based in Delhi, yet his ancestral home survives in Golaganj locality of Lucknow. This dyorhi is heritage material, and even now, Kathak dancers visit the place to pay thier respect to the family of kathaaks. Birju Maharaj specialises in Bhaav and abhinay aspects of Kathak dance.
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Bol for Kathak dance
maalti gundhaay kesh pyare ghunghurwale
mukh daamini si damkat, chaal matwaari
dhaay shyam rok lai aur chakh mukh choom lai
sar se mori chunari gayi sarak sarak
kaahe chher chher mohe garwa lagaye

nand ko laal aiso dheet barbas mori laaj leenhi
binda shyam maanat nahi
kaase kahun mai apne jiya ki
sunat naahi maai
kahe chher chher mohe

dadhi ki bhari mataki lai jaat rahi dagar beech
aahat sun jiyara gayo dharak dharak dharak
kahe chher chher mohe...

kar pakarat churiya sab karaki karaki karaki
binda shyam maanat nahi
kaase kahun mai apne jiya ki
sunat nahi maai
kahe chher chher mohe
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