Shradhanjali 2024: A Soulful Homage to Smt. Annapurna Devi Ji and Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji’s Enduring Legacy

New Delhi, January 19, 2024: Shradhanjali, an annual tradition by Birju Maharaj Parampara, served as a heartfelt tribute to the illustrious lives of Smt. Annapurna Devi Ji and Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji at India Habitat Centre in Delhi. Their enduring influence continued to shape the world of classical art, exemplifying values that resonated through their children and grandchildren.

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As the death anniversary of Ammaji was commemorated, this year’s Shradhanjali promised an unforgettable experience. The event kicked off on the 18th with a mesmerizing performance by Shri Tribhuwan Maharaj, followed by a soul-stirring vocal presentation by Sushri Vidhi Sharma and a tabla recital by the renowned Pt. Yogesh Samsi.

The feeling each time was special because they were not just our parents; they were also our teachers, who had taught us not just our art but also our way of life. A legacy is something that a person leaves behind to be remembered by, and looking around that day, it was clear that the legacy of both Amma and Babu was undeniable. We will forever strive to build on that legacy further and take it to new heights. It was bowed heads as we honored their lives that day and forever.

In keeping with tradition, the Parampara proudly announced the annual scholarship awarded in the name of Smt. Annapoorna Devi Ji. This year’s deserving recipient was Trisha Gulati, a testament to our commitment to nurturing and supporting emerging talent.

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The event was gracefully anchored by Smt. Sadhana Srivastav Ji, ensuring a seamless and immersive experience for the audience.

Attendees joined us on the 18th for Shradhanjali, a celebration of art, heritage, and a tribute to the immortal souls who continue to inspire us.

Details for the 19th January 2024 were announced at the end of the 18th January event, featuring performances by Pt. Jaikishan Maharaj Ji, Ratesh and Rajnish Mishra, Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt Ji, and Salil Bhatt Ji in a Jugalbandi of Veena Vaadan.