Manohar Aich, an Indian bodybuilder was the second Indian to win any Mr. Universe title. He was known as, "Pocket Hercules" because he was 4 feet 11 inches tall with a chest measuring 54 inches (140 cm) with a waist of 23 inches (58 cm). He was interested in sports from a very early age. At the age of 12 he started exercises of body building. Later, he performed in shows like Physique and Magic along with the famous magician P. C. Sorcar.
Manohar Aich was born in Tipperah District (which is now the Comilla District in Bangladesh. He went to the Jubilee School in Dhaka. It was right from his school time that he went for physical exercises in Ruplal Byayam Samiti
The little big man joined the Royal Air Force in the year 1942. There, he was introduced to trainer Reub Martin who was a British officer in the RAF. He was highly praised by British RAF officials for his outstanding physique. He was later imprisoned for protesting against the British opression on Indians by slapping a British officer. He won the Mr. Hercules contest in 1950. In 1952, he bagged the first place first in the Pro-Short division of the NABBA Mr. Universe.
In 1950, at the age of 36, Aich won the Mr. Hercules contest. Next year, he stood second in the Mr. Universe contest. In 1952, he bagged the first place in the Pro-Short division of the NABBA Mr. Universe. At the age of 46, he stood fourth in the Mr. Universe contest. His last show performance was at the age of 89, in 2003.He also tried his fate in politics and contested elections for BJP, by collecting 163,000 votes he stood third in 1991. In 2015, he received the Banga Bibhushan Award by the West Bengal Government.
Illness and Death
Due to age related complications, Manohar Aich who was 104 years old passed away on 5 June, 2016, in Kolkata. His death was mourned by many.
Mamata Banerjee: 104-year-old world famous body-builder Manohar Aich passed away today afternoon. His demise ended an historic era. Saddened at the passing. He made us proud.
Randeep Hooda: #ManoharAich 1st Mr Universe from India and still a fitness icon passes away at 104yrs of age. #RIP
Rahul Dev: #Legend India's first Mr Universe passes away at 104..lived a long,simple & healthy life. RIP sir
Vishal Dadlani: Manohar Aich-saab was a true Indian hero. RIP.
(FAN OF Mr. MANOHAR AICH)
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