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Puppeteer Maguni Charan Kuanr from Odisha receives Padma Shri

Bhubaneswar: Eminent master puppeteer Maguni Charan Kuanr received the prestigious Padma Shri from President Droupadi Murmu during a special event held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

86-year-old Kuanr is an exponent of Kathi Kandhei. Born in 1937 in Keonjhar he learned the art form from his father  Baishnab Charan Kuanr.

He excelled in the art form and played a major role in promoting it beyond Odisha.

Kuanr, an exponent of the Kathi Kundhei nacha, has been conferred Padma Shri for the year 2023 for his contribution to the field of art.

He is known for creating his puppet, designing costumes for the puppet, and narrating the play. He had formed a troupe of puppeteers named Utkal Vishwakarma Kalakunja Kandhei Nach.

He is also the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004.

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