Shillong ( Meghalaya), June 13 : Taekwondo Grandmaster and the first Black Belt holder from the country Luthre Lohar passed away at the Nazareth Hospital here on Saturday .
Grandmaster Luthre Lohar was the first to introduce Taekwondo in the region and was the founder of the Meghalaya Taekwondo Association.
Luthre is considered to be one of India’s most prominent figures in the field of Martial Arts particularly Taekwondo with his base in Shillong.
He was extremely mild -mannered and soft spoken and dedicated to his art.
Thousands of taekwondo instructors all over north east and the country were trained by him.
During the years when Shillong was the educational hub of North East India, many students from Meghalaya and the North East learnt Taekwondo under the mentorship of Grand Master Luthre and those students become Masters themselves and spread Taekwondo to their states in the N.E.
He was a well known figure and highly respected in the sports fraternity of the North East .
He was also highly respected within the Taekwondo fraternity at the National level.