Padma Shri awardee Ramchandra Manjhi passed away at the age of 97 due to heart-related disease. Ram Chandra Manjhi was a famous performer of ‘Launda Naach’, a sub-set of ‘Naach’, in which men crossdress as women. he won several honours, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2017) and Padma Shri (2021).
Who is Ramchandra Manjhi
- Manjhi was born in Tajpur in the Saran district of Bihar in 1925 in a Dalit family.
- Ramchandra Manjhi was an Indian Bhojpuri folk dancer and theatre artist.
- He was known as a Launda Naach performer.
- He was one of the members of Bhikhari Thakur’s drama team.
- in 2017, he was honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
- In 2021. he received India’s fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri.
- he performed before many big names like Suraiya, Waheeda Rehman, Meena Kumari, Helen etc.
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