As a young Manjamma lay unconscious after a suicide attempt, she could not have imagined that one day she would receive a National Award from the President of India. A transgender folk artist who became the president of the Karnataka Folk Academy, her life's journey has been nothing short of epic.
As a young boy, Manjunath discovered that he felt more like a woman, which led to him being ostracized and mocked. The transforamtion into Manjamma, a performer of the Jogathi nritya, was a testimony to her grit and determination. Jogathi nritya is a dance form performed by the Jogathi transgender community, and Manjamma became its leading proponent, popularizing it on a national level.
From being stripped of her modesty to being given one of the highest civilin honours of the country (the Padma Shri in 2021), Manjamma's is an inspiring, heart-rending story, which she tells in this book with remarkable honesty.
From Manjunath To Manjamma: The Inspiring Life Of A Transgender Folk Artist
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18 May 2023
Jogati Manjamma is an award-winning transgender folk artist who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2019.
Harsha Bhat is an associate editor at Swarajya. She graduated in mass media from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, and did her post-graduation in linguistics from the University of Mumbai. She writes on a diverse range of topics. Jogati