Acclaimed choreographer Saroj Khan breathed her last yesterday morning at the age of 71. She was Bollywood’s most revered and popular choreographer, a dancer par excellence she managed to bring finesse and panache to every song. Celebrities lovingly called her ‘Master Ji’ and it was an honour being taught by her. One song that had got her immense claim was Radha Kaise Na Jale from Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh starrer Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India that was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
Saroj was honoured with the American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film for the song, and Gracy who danced on the steps of the choreographer shared fond memories about her to a leading daily. She said, “I was so blessed to have worked with dearest Sarojji. I loved her choreography and immensely loved to be around her during the rehearsals. My first rehearsal with her meant so much to me, when she made me sit in front of her, held my hand affectionately and taught me to do the whole song just by facial expressions. We did that exercise, before she taught me the Kathak steps. It felt really good and special as a dancer."
I was so blessed to have worked with dearest Saroj ji, ..I loved her choreography and immensely loved to be around her during rehearsals for endless times. My first rehearsal with her meant so much to me when she made me sit in front of her, held my hand affectionately and taught me whole song "Radha kaise na jale" just by facial expression., before teaching kathak steps, and made me feel so special as a dancer. She opened her heart to share her amazing God-Given skills, and through her passion of Dance, was able to dazzle us, mentor us, comfort us, motivate us, challenge us, humour us and most of all- inspire us. Her legacy will forever continue to inspire future generations . You will be deeply missed Saroj ji. Thanks for all the years of great dancing. RIP #sarojkhan #rip
She further told the daily, “I am so glad that she opened her heart to share her amazing god-gifted skills. Through her passion of dance, she was able to dazzle us, mentor us, comfort us, motivate us, challenge us, and most of all – inspire us. Her legacy will forever continue to inspire future generations. I would like to thank her for all the years of great dancing. She will be deeply missed!”
Saroj Khan’s passing has left a deep void in Bollywood and tributes from stars are pouring in for her. Saroj was a three time National Award winner and a recipient of 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Choreography, the maximum by any choreographer till date.
(Source: Times of India/Instagram)