Lonely life for octogenarian ‘jatra comedy king’ - Manibhadra Biswal

Popularly  known as ‘jatra comedy king’, 80-year-old Manibhadra Biswal made his  audience laugh with his acting skills.

Published: 09th November 2022 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2022 06:19 AM   |  A+A-

Manibhadra Biswal | Express

By Express News Service

PARADIP: Popularly  known as ‘jatra comedy king’, 80-year-old Manibhadra Biswal made his audience laugh with his acting skills. But the octogenarian is now leading a drab life at an old age home in Paradipgarh. 

Shunned by  his son after he stopped working, Biswal worked in the jatra industry for 48 years. His new address, the Ratnamala Jema Old Age Home, is filled with people who have been left to fend for themselves in the  prime of their lives by their sons and daughters-in-law. 

Hailing  from Oliapatana village within Khantapada police limits in Balasore  district, Biswal acted in 400 plays and was associated with opera  parties like Shivani Gana Natya, Satasankha Opera, Sreemaa opera, Janata  Gananatya, Biswa Janani opera, Tulsi Gana Nataya, BaghaJatin Gananatya,  Biswa Darbar, Eastern Rad and others. 

Born in 1942, Biswal  passed his HSC in 1961 and worked as a teacher in the ME school of his  village for nine years. After quitting his job, he started acting in  plays. In 2018, Biswal adopted ‘mahima dharma’ and quit acting. 

While  acting, he had given money to his elder son. However, Biswal was  neglected following which he left home and came in contact with  president of Ratnamali Jema old age home Santosh Behera. “Biswal left his house on October 25, 2022 and took shelter in our old age home. He was neglected by his elder son. However, Biswal did not stay with  his younger son as he had not given him anything from his earnings at  opera houses,” said Behera. 

“I am leading a contented life with others in the old age home. We are a family. Life is full of struggles and I am ready to face them,” said the actor. The old age home is inhabited by 20 inmates and Biswal continues to entertain them with his acting. The octogenarian, in the fag end of his life, is doing what he does best.



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