A courtyard with a three-dimensional mural of dancers and a well opens into the main museum. This museum is the ancestral home of Birju Maharaj, which was given to his ancestors by Wajid Ali Shah, a great patron of arts and culture in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. The main hall has a series of framed photographs on display of Birju Maharaj's performances with maestros like Girija Devi. There is also an old camera on display that belonged to Birju Maharaj along with his ghungurus. Busts of Shambhu Maharaj, Lachchhu Maharaj and Achchhan Maharaj are also on display, along with a poshak that was worn by Maharaj Kalka Bindadin, considered the architect of the present form of the Lucknow Gharana, in one of his performances. A kiosk also offers information about the family tree of Birju Maharaj. The Kathak Museum has memorabilia on display in the room of rest, kitchen and prayer room that belonged to Birju Maharaj. There is a stairway with photographs on display, drawing an engaging trajectory of his performances. The library on the top floor is not open to the public as yet, but will be in due course. Seminars are often held and Birju Maharaj also graces the museum to perform, occasionally. The museum also has two films on the significance of the Lucknow Gharana and the lineage of Birju Maharaj.

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Getting there

Kalka-Bindadin ki Dyodhi and Kathak Museum is located in the Wazirganj area of Lucknow, which is at a distance of 550 m from the Kaiserbagh bus stand. It is situated at a distance of 3.2 km from the Charbagh Railway Station. Autorickshaws, shared tempos and rickshaws are easily available to reach the museum.

Average duration of visit

Less than 1 hour

Museum administered by

Uttar Pradesh Sangrahlaya Nishalaya


Quick Facts

90, Gwynne Road, Maulviganj, Wazirganj

Visiting Time:

Sunday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Wednesday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Thursday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Friday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Saturday:10.30 am - 4.30 pm
The Museum remains closed on public holidays.

Entry Fees:

Entry is free

Facilities & Services: