Legendary artist Ram Chandra Manjhi passes away

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In Bihar, the doyen of Bhojpuri folk theatre art “Launda Naach” and legendary artist Padma Shri Ram Chandra Manjhi passed away on 7 September.


  • 97-year-old Manjhi breathed his last at a hospital in Patna. He is called the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri.
  • He was battling heart blockage and infection.

  • Ramchandra Manjhi was a resident of Saran district and his last time was spent in poverty.

  • Ramchandra Manjhi joined the drama troupe of famous Bhojpuri artist Bhikhari Thakur at the age of 10.

  • He was a member of Bhikhari Thakur's dance troupe for 30 years.

  • He gave international recognition to Launda Naach. 

  • A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Manjhi was also a coveted Padma Shri awardee in the field of art.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind honoured him last year.

  • Launda Naach is a major Bhojpuri folk art form of Bihar consisting of song, dance, comedy, satire, parody and theatre.

  • In this art, men disguise themselves as women by wearing saris, blouses, long haired wigs during the performance.

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