Sikkimese artist Mannu Tatha passes away
Noted Sikkimese artist Dhan Kumari Pradhan, also popularly known as DK Lepcha, passed away on Monday from COVID-19.
According to official sources, she tested positive and passed away on October 5, at Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital.
Sources also confirmed that Pradhan was also a diabetic patient.
Fondly known as Mannu Tatha, Pradhan appeared in several Nepali films, stage shows, music videos, telefilms, and serials.
One of her last appearances was in the Priyanka Chopra-produced Nepali film Pahuna (2017).
Her husband, Bhanu Lepcha (Beta), is also under quarantine.
A multi-faceted personality, she was a well-known artist in the state who appeared in many films, plays, music videos, and dramas.
Her contributions in the fight against substance abuse, trafficking, domestic violence, and her commitment towards the welfare of orphans and homeless as a pro-active social worker are many of her remarkable initiatives.
She was also a political activist and supported the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), where she was also the Convener of the party’s Culture Wing.
She also served as Panchayat from Arithing Ward in Gangtok.
“With her demise, Sikkim has lost a dedicated social worker, able artist, and a familiar face. The SDF party has lost a faithful and sincere ideological companion. Her family lost a beloved, precious member. She will remain in our hearts in her art, social work, sincerity, and all her many contributions to society. I pay my tribute to this great soul,” said the former chief minister and SDF supremo, Pawan Chamling.