A commemorative postage stamp on Pandit Lachhu Maharaj, an Indian classical dancer and choreographer of Kathak (part of Personality Series : Poetry and Performing Arts) :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 9, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is proudly releasing a set of stamps honouring three personalities viz. Bharathidasan, Lachhu Maharaj and Master Mitrasen, whose creative expressions in the diverse fields of poetry, dance and theatre had a tremendous influence on the social and cultural life of the country.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Three Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million Each
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Eagle Press Pvt. Ltd.
Name : Lachhu Maharaj
Born on 1907 at India
Died on 1978
- Lachhu Maharaj (1901-1978) came from a family of illustrious Kathak exponents in Lucknow. He was fortunate to receive extensive training in Kathak from Pandit Bindadeen Maharaj, his uncle and the court dancer of the Nawab of Awadh, for nearly ten years. He also learnt the Pakhawaj, the Tabla and vocal music, which helped to add many ornamentations to his style of dancing. He later moved to Bombay, where the emerging film industry helped him to establish his credentials as a modern master of Kathak. Lachhu Maharaj was acclaimed for the choreography of dance sequences in movies like Mahal, Mughal-e-Azam and Pakhiza as well as his ballets like Goutam Buddha, Chandravali and Bharatiya Kissan. He served as the founder Director of the Kathak Kendra started by the Uttar Pradesh Government in Lucknow. He also won many prestigious awards like the President’s Award and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.