Manjamma Jogati: Transgender folk dancer who was conferred The Padma Shri
- Transgender folk dancer Matha B Manjamma Jogati was conferred with a Padma Shri award
- The ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Jogati was seen performing a unique gesture to greet the President
Transgender folk dancer Matha B Manjamma Jogati was conferred with a Padma Shri award by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. While receiving the award at the ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Manjamma Jogati was seen performing a unique gesture to greet the President, the video of which has gone viral on social media.
Who is Matha B Manjamma Jogati?
Jogati was born in Ballari district of Karnataka as Manjunatha Shetty. At the age of 15, she was a part of a ritual in which a devotee is believed to be married to a god or goddess. Following the ritual, Manjunath became Manjamma Jogathi. She was restricted from coming back home because of which she faced poverty for several years. She found love for folk dance and there was no looking back.
Jogati mastered the dance form Jogathi Nrithya through Kallava Jogathi and soon began performing across Karnataka. She went on to become the first transgender president of Karnataka Jaanapada Academy, which is a government body for performing arts in Karnataka.
On Monday, she was honoured with a Padma Shri award for her contribution to arts.
"President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Matha B. Manjamma Jogati for Art. She is the Chairman of Karnataka Janapada (Folklore) Academy. She has been instrumental in popularizing the folk art forms practised in rural Karnataka, Maharashtra and parts of Andhra Pradesh," President of India’s official Twitter handle stated.
Congratulating Jogati, Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development
Smriti Irani tweeted, "First transwoman
Karnataka Janpada Academy, Manjamma Jogati overcame societal trauma and made a mark for herself in the field of dance. A Jogati Nritya folk dancer, she has performed over 1,000 times."