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.
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- 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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