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Tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj dies at 72 in Varanasi

One of the frontline tabla players in the world, Pt Lacchu Maharaj's funeral will take place on Friday.

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Pt. Lacchu Maharaj passes away at 72 in Varanasi. Image Source: Indian Express
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  • His family members said that he was being treated at a private nursing home where he passed away at 1 a.m
  • Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films
  • Thumri exponent Girija Devi, who also lives in Varanasi, condoled the death of the maestro and said such artists are not born every day

Tabla maestro Pandit Lacchu Maharaj passed away in Varanasi on Thursday, July 28. He was 72.

His family members said that he was being treated at a private nursing home where he passed away at 1 a.m.

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One of the frontline tabla players in the world, Pt Lacchu Maharaj’s funeral will take place on Friday.

Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: www.khaskhabar.com
Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: www.khaskhabar.com

Other than his professional performances all over the world, he played the tabla in many Bollywood films.

He had married French woman Teena and she, along with their only daughter, is in Switzerland.

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Thumri exponent Girija Devi, who also lives in Varanasi, condoled the death of the maestro and said such artists are not born every day.

Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav mourned on death of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: Reuters
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav mourned on death of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. Image Source: Reuters

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also mourned the passing away of Pt Lacchu Maharaj. (IANS)

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From veterans like Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini to mothers Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Soha Ali Khan — Bollywood celebrities, for whom fitness is a way of life — posted yoga poses and spoke about its benefits on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday.

While Amitabh Bachchan shared an old image of himself performing a yogasana on Twitter, Hema took the opportunity to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for spreading awareness about it “not only in India but in all the countries he has visited in the world”.

Here’s what the celebrities had to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Greetings… but the attire for yoga is not ideal, that was a still from the Gujarat Tourism campaign.

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Amitabh Bacchan, flickr

Hema Malini: Today is International Yoga Day — a celebration of the world wide interest in our own yogasanas. Thanks to our PM who has spread awareness not only in India but in all the countries he hs visited in the world! I request all of you to spend a little time on your bodies to keep fit. I do!

Shilpa Shetty: Pranayama: Prana means life (no life without breath), Ayama means practice or control. So, when you practice control over breath you will have control over your life and mind. It not only cleanses 72000 nadis or channels, your mind and blood, but that cleansing process translates into energy..

Shakti. This power helps you positively manifest your Aura, relationships, self awareness and goals. This International Yoga day start with Pranayama. Welcome the new you. Inhale the future, exhale the past. Enjoy the present. A big thank you to Narendra Modiji who leads and inspires by example and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for keeping the momentum going so passionately ‘hum fit toh India fit’.

Sandhya Mridul: Smile. Everyday. Best asana of all! Happy Yoga Day people.

Rajeev Khandelwal: The world follows it… we created it.. let’s own it!

Milind Soman: My contribution to the 1,00,000 Suryanamaskaaras that the people at Be Cure Fit are targeting today on International Yoga Day. I feel stronger and more flexible with yoga and it’s never too late to start.

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Soha Ali Khan: Why I’ll always pick yoga over the latest fitness fad.

Nimrat Kaur: Place we shall ever have to live in. Keep it safe and beaming! Way of life. Born again.

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Mugdha Veira Godse: Union of body and mind! Happy International Yoga Day. Today is the day to start a brand new fitness routine. (IANS)