Padma: 2 Jharkhand exponents receive awards from Kovind

Ranchi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented Padma Shri to two cultural exponents of Jharkhand Chhau exponent Sashadhar Acharya and Nagpur folk singer Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh along with host of other eminent personalities across the country at a formal ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Born in 1961, Acharya hails from Seraikela-Kharsawan district of the state. He is a fifth generation artiste from his family. He learnt Chhau from his father, Lingaraj Acharya, and then from Natshekhar Bana Bihari Pattnaik, Vikram Karmakar, Kedarnath Sahu, and Sudhendranath Singhdeo. In the early 1990s, he left Seraikela to work at the Gurukul Dance Academy and then at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. He also served at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He teaches at the New Delhi-based Triveni Kala Sangam. In 2020, he was named for the highest civilian honour for his contribution in the field of arts.

Madhu Mansuri Hashmukh

Mansuri Hasmukh too received the honors for his contributions in the field of Art. He is a famous Nagpuri/Sadri folk singer, dancer and composer and known for his contribution to stop ‘Nauch Girls’ in Chottanagpur and women migration with his powerful poetic songs.

Union tribal affairs minister and Khunti MP Arjun Munda congratulated the awardees through a tweet. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash, also a member of Rajya Sabha hailed the Union government for giving recognition to artistes from Jharkhand for their contributions. “Jharkhand holds a special place for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government as well as for the BJP,” he said in a statement.