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Gol Maal actress-TV producer Manju Singh dies in Mumbai, confirms singer Swanand Kirkire

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: TV show producer and veteran actress Manju Singh has passed away. A veteran Hindi television presenter, Manju is known for her role in the 1979 film Gol Maal. Lyricist singer, and screenwriter Swanand Kirkire took to Twitter and shared the sad news of her demise. He wrote in Hindi, “Manju Singh is no more! Manju ji brought me from Delhi to Mumbai to write her show Swaraj for Doordarshan! He made many wonderful shows Ek Kahani, Show Time etc for DD. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal Ki Ratna Hamari Pyaari Manju ji how can you forget your love.. Goodbye!”

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Her fans and friends from the cinema industry offered condolences to the veteran producer. Manju Singh was a pioneer in the Indian television business, producing notable programmes such as Swaraj, Ek Kahani, and Show Time. She was the host of the children’s show Khel Khilone for seven years, and was affectionately known as ‘didi.’ Singh also starred in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal, in which she essayed the role of Ratna.

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Manju Singh has recently been involved in a number of international film festivals for children and young adults. She was nominated as a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) by the Indian government in 2015 in appreciation of her contributions to the creative arts and education.

The late actress highlighted national, social and cultural issues on her shows. She started as a television producer in 1983 with Show Time. Her show Ek Kahani was based on literary short stories from several regional languages. Another show which was quite liked by the audiences across the nation was her docu-drama series Adhikar, which was based on women’s legal rights. She also dabbled with a show on spirituality called Samyaktva: True Insight.

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