Obituary

Padma Shri awardee artist Ram Chandra Manjhi passes away at 97

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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