Theatre community bids farewell to Dubai comedian

      Published on Thursday, 25 July , 2019      328 Views     
Theatre community bids farewell to Dubai comedian

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Six days after he died of a heart attack while performing on stage, Dubai stand up comedian Manjunath ‘Mango’ Naidu was cremated on Wednesday afternoon.

Several people from Dubai’s theatre community came together to bid a tearful farewell to him at the Jebel Ali crematorium, where his funeral rites were performed. Friends familiar with the traditional South Indian rituals led the prayers as Naidu was from the south of India.

The 36-year-old Naidu suffered a cardiac arrest, collapsed and died while performing on stage at a show in Dubai on July 19, sending shock waves through the community.

Borders and cultural differences dissolved as grief brought the theatre community together.



Naidu’s parents had died earlier and his only family member, a brother who resides in Hong Kong, was unable to attend the funeral owing to a visa glitch.

His sister-in-law, however, flew down from Hong Kong. It was the multinational group of Dubai theatre community enthusiasts who came together and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to hold this funeral.

Friends divided themselves into teams to help with clearance and permissions liaising with Dubai Police, the forensics and mortuary officials to get clearances.

One team worked closely with the Indian consulate to get the No Objection Certificate from Naidu’s brother in Hong Kong to go ahead with the funeral.



Miqdad Dohadwala, one of Naidu’s close friends who was present at the event where Naidu died, told Gulf News: “Manju was our family member and it was important for all of us to come together and give him this final farewell.”


Category Culture | 2019/07/25 latest update at 5:38 PM
Source : Gulf News | Photocredit : Google
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