The eldest son of Kalka Prasad, Jaganath Maharaj, popularly known as Acchan Maharaj, received Kathak training directly from his father and his uncle Bindadin Maharaj. When Kalka Prasad and Bindadin Maharaj died, it was left to Achchan Maharaj to train his younger brothers, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachchu Maharaj. Achchan Maharaj served for a long time in the state of Raigarh and he also served as a court dancer in some other states of North India. True to the traditions of his gharana, he excelled in “Bhava” (expressions), but he was also an exponent of ‘Nritta’ (pure dance). He died in 1946. He is survived by his son, Pt Birju Maharaj, who has already proved himself to be a very worthy successor.

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