Manjamma Jogati, renowned practitioner of Jogati Nritya, was appointed as the chairperson of Karnataka Janapada Academy in 2019. She is the first transwoman to head a cultural academy in Karnataka. Ms. Manjamma had earlier served as a member of the academy.
Jogati Nritya is ritual folk dance performed by a group of women, generally tradeswomen called jogappas.
She received the Padma Shri award for her contribution to the art form.