Maharaja Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman Manikya BahadurAlso Known as P.B.K Manikya (born July 4, 1978) is the current king of the Royal House of Tripura. He succeeded to the gaddi of Tripura on November 27, 2006.
He is the Chairman of the Royal Heritage Hotel
Member of the All India Congress
Chairman and Editor of The Northeast Today Magazine
Advisor to the North East Students Committee in Delhi
Advisor to the North East Regional Development Association (NERDA)
Chairman of the Royal Tripura Foundation
Member governing council Tripura Central University
A keen sportsmen himself, he was a junior representative in cricket and football (soccer). He is also a recipient of ne tv entrepreneur of the year 2004, an award for the young entrepreneur of the northeast of India (for the first heritage hotel in the northeast of India). A keen social worker, he has worked in helping Children and the elderly with constant charity and social get-togethers. He is also a keen Music fan and was instrumental in Bringing the American band Firehouse to the Northeast for the first time.He later bought his good friend Eric Martin of Mr Big for another concert for the Royal Tripura Foundation. Recently in perhaps the biggest concert yet in Northeast he invited both Firehouse and White Lion to play at Shillong and Dimapur to packed audiences of over 42,000 fans and 17,000 fans respectively.The proceeds of the show has gone to Providence school run by his ex school teacher Brother dsouza which along with education also stresses on vocational training. The school is meant for the economically challenged children and the band White lion spent some quality time with the children and teachers alike. He was also pivitol in promoting Indian Idol winner Sourabhee Debbarma.
Recently, in an interview with, Pradyot Barman discussed his work with unprivileged children across the northeast and his desire to contribute more in the field of health, education and rural development. He has been quoted as saying that his struggle is not against any political party but against the caste system and inequality, which he wants to eliminate. The new king has recently launched a magazine called The Northeast Today which covers topics such as politics, social development, education, music and sports from around the region. He was recently made a member in the executive council in the first constituted body of the Tripura Central University by the government of India, Ministry of Education.He also continues to help the underprivileged children through various charities and has been a vocal activist for Drug addictions and AIDS.
The recent bomb blasts in Tripura saw the 'other side' of Pradyot when he strongly condemned the incident where even his palace was not spared. He as a matter of fact openly challenged the Terrorist to take on the family openly'.The humanitarian and social side of Pradyot was also evident when he visited the hospitals and helped the victims.The 'open Challenge to the Militants is the first of its kind by any Royal family in India' He has recently offered the Lok Sabha Ticket from the East Tripura seat which he declined citing that he wanted to remain in state politics.
There have been frequent talks about him joining politics, but he has constantly shied answering this query by saying contribution to the state can come in various means and not just only by politics. The recently launched magazine The Northeast Today, for which he is the Editor and Publisher. The magazine is now the largest circulated local English magazine in the region. Recently the Maharaja has spoken about promoting the game of Football and other sports in the Northeast Region. He is Reportedly also supporting clubs and other youth activities in the region. It is reported that he will also be sponsoring the women's football team in Tripura.
He is one of the youngest Kings in the country and also considered to be one of the most eligible bachelor in the country.
The Tripura Dynasty is also the second oldest in the world from a single straight line,the present king being the 186th. Only the Mikado Dynasty from Japan have an older lineage.