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Indian folk icon who also printed fake money to fight the British

Mahendra Mishra popularised the Poorvi genre of Bhojpuri music and played a rare role in India’s struggle for freedom.



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Saran, India – On a busy road in the village of Mishrauliya – in the Saran district of the east Indian Bihar state – a statue sits pretty in the middle of an intersection. It is a crude work, but that does little to diminish the identity of the man it portrays.
Most people know Mahendra Mishra (or Misir) as a noted folk singer from the region, credited with popularising the Poorvi genre of Bhojpuri music, which also includes Kajri, Baramasa, Jatsaar and Chait, popular in parts of Bihar and neig…

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