Manjamma Jogati: From asking for money on the streets to Padma Shri, who is the transgender Manjamma who gives ‘prayers’ to the president? – Transgender dancer Manjamma Jogati welcomes Padma Shri with a unique style Video from President Kovind tstf


History highlights

  • Manjamma Jogati belongs to the transgender community
  • He received Padma Shri in a unique way

Transgender folk dancer Manjamma Jogati received the Padma Shri. President Ram Nath Kovind honored him for his contribution in the field of art, folk dance. Upon receiving the award, Manjamma greeted the president in a unique way, whose video is going viral on social media. Let us know the history of Manjamma Jogati …

When Manjamma came to receive her Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind, she received a different look. He offered prayers to President Ram Nath Kovind in his own style. Seeing this, the Durbar Hall resounded with thunderous applause. During this, many celebrities were present, including Prime Minister Modi, Interior Minister Amit Shah.

Who is Manjamma Jogati?

Manjamma was born as Manjunatha Shetty in the Bellary district of Karnataka. He has studied up to the tenth grade. Sharing the journey of her life, Manjamma said that I began to identify as a woman at the age of 15. When I started behaving like a girl in my teens, my parents took me to the temple and a ritual was performed. Since then, Manjunath Shetty became Manjamma and never returned home.

Difficulties faced at the beginning

However, Manjamma faced many difficulties in the beginning. He made a living asking for money on the streets. They also had to face exploitation. But later she met Kallav Jogati, from whom Manjamma learned folk dance and began performing across the state.

After Kallav’s death, he continued this tradition, which continues to this day. Manjamma also became the first transgender president of Karnataka Janpad Akademi, a government body. In view of his contribution in the field of art, he was awarded the Padma Shri.




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