While the unfortunate demise of Kathak exponent Sitara Devi forced flag bearers of the popular dance form to settle for half mast, a few days prior, the art form got its due when Pandit Birju Maharaj was honoured with the lifetime achievement award.
Pandit Birju Maharaj
Kuchipudi and Odissi exponents Prateeksha Kashi and Rahul Acharya were also honoured.
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