Dashrath Manjhi

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Dashrath Manjhi
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Dashrath Manjhi
BornGehlaur, Bihar, India
DiedAugust 17, 2007(2007-08-17)
New Delhi
Cause of death
Cancer of gall bladder
NationalityIndian
Other namesMountain Man
 
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Coordinates: 24°52′38″N 85°14′35″E / 24.877093°N 85.242956°E / 24.877093; 85.242956

Dashrath Manjhi
Dashrath Manjhi.jpg
Dashrath Manjhi
BornGehlaur, Bihar, India
DiedAugust 17, 2007(2007-08-17)
New Delhi
Cause of death
Cancer of gall bladder
NationalityIndian
Other namesMountain Man

Dashrath Manjhi (c. 1934[1] – 17 August 2007[2]) was born into a poor labourer family in Gehlaur village near Gaya in Bihar, India.[1] He is also known as Mountain Man.[3][4] Manjhi's wife, Falguni Devi, died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest town with a doctor was 70 kilometres (43 mi) away from their village in Bihar, India.

Manjhi did not want anyone else to suffer the same fate as his wife, so he carved a path 360-foot-long (110 m) through-cut, 25-foot-deep (7.6 m) in places and 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) to form a road[5] through a mountain in the Gehlour hills, working day and night for 22 years from 1960 to 1982. His feat reduced the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of the Gaya district from 55 km to 15 km, bringing him national acclaim.[2][6][7] He died on 17 August 2007.[8] He was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.[8][9] He is survived by Son Bhagirath Manjhi.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

In July 2010, director Manish Jha announced a film, Manjhi, based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. The film is produced by Sanjay Singh, who previously produced Udaan (2010).[11] Manjhi's story was shown on Aamir Khan's show Satyamev Jayate.[12][13] Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been cast in the lead role in the film Mountain Man, which is based on Manjhi's life.[14] In Olave Mandara, a Kannada film by Jayatheertha, Manjhi's deeds are referred to in the story, which inspires the young hero's love.

The First Episode of Season 2 of Aamir Khan hosted TV Show Satyamev Jayate, scheduled to be aired in March 2014, has been reported to be dedicated to Dashrath Manjhi.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Love's labour brings down hill". Expressindia.com. 24 May 1997. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Mountain man Dashrath Manjhi dies in Delhi". Hindustan Times. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ Society (28 September 2007). "The Mountain Man". The Viewspaper. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "The man who made way for progress". Indian Express. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Location of cut-trough: 24°52′38″N 85°14′35″E / 24.877093°N 85.242956°E / 24.877093; 85.242956
  6. ^ "CM visits ailing Dashrath Manjhi". The Times Of India. 23 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Man in India Carved 360 feet". 
  8. ^ a b dreams_1116306 "Mountain man dies with unfulfilled dreams". DNA India. 18 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Dashrath Manjhi, the Man who Moved a Mountain". Success Stories. 31 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Dasrath Manjhi’s family awaits Aamir Khan to tell his glorious Tale". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "One film at a time: Sanjay Singh". The Times of India. 19 Jul 2010. 
  12. ^ "Satyamev Jayate: When Aamir Khan met the unsung heroes of India". Zeenews.india.com. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  13. ^ Khan, Aamir (30 July 2012). "Opinion / Op-Ed : The power of one can move a mountain, literally". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  14. ^ "Nawazuddin to play lead in Ketan Mehta's Mountain Man". Bollywood Hungama. 16 August 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2013.