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April - May 2008
Film, Art & Culture
Amit Deshmukh, and television actor Aditi Ghorpade got married in Mumbai. Amit is elder brother of actor Ritesh Deshmukh and son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Vaishali Deshmukh. Almost 1000 people attended the marriage ceremony, while nearly 5000 people from all walks of life attended the reception. The President of India Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar with her singer sister Asha Bhosle and brother Hridaya Nath Mangeshkar, actors Rekha, Sanjay Khan, Jeetendra, Dilip Kumar, singer Suresh Wadkar and many other prominent persons from the film world, industries, political field and social field were present at both the events.
SANJAY DUTT-MANYATA MARRIAGE
The much publicized marriage of Manyata with actor Sanjay Dutt has still not received the legal sanction. Goa’s government employee, Prashant Cuncolienkar, who issued the fraudulent residency certificate to Manyata to enable her to register her marriage with Sanjay Dutt in Goa, was suspended. Sanjay Dutt and Manyata then decided to withdraw their registration application. Then appeared Mehraj Ur Rehman Sheikh, who claimed to be Manyata’s husband. He filed an application in the court alleging that Manyata was still his wife. A maulavi then came forward claiming that Mehraj and Manyata were granted divorce by him some time back. Sanjay Dutt’s sisters and his daughter had already disassociated themselves from this marriage. Now, it is learnt that Sanjay Dutt is trying to buy full rights of a “C” grade film, in which Manyata had acted several years back and had liberally exposed her body. He probably does not want anybody to see it any more. However, Sanjay Dutt and Manyata have been living together just like they had been living for the past two years.
A melodious bhajan CD was recently released by well known Santoor maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. The bhajans are soulfully rendered by popular singer Padmashri Padmaja Phenani-Joglekar. The bhajan king Anup Jalota has composed music and has also rendered some bhajans written by different lyricists. Large number of music lovers were present at the function. After the release function, Anup Jalota and Padmaja Phenani-Joglekar presented some bhajans live on the stage.
OLD HITS PRESENTED IN “SUNAHARI YAADEN”
Deepali Group of Music and Arts presents four programmes every year for its members. Only old hits are presented in all such programmes. Recently Deepali Group organized two separate programmes – one featuring old rare songs and the other containing qawali, mujra and ghazals from films. Both programmes were very much liked by the large audience. In one of the two programmes, playback singer Sudha Malhotra was felicitated. She rendered some of her hits, like Kashti Ka Khamosh Safar / Tum Mujhe Bhool Bhi Jaao / Salaame Hasrat Kabool Karlo etc. She received the standing ovation from the packed audience. In second programme, the former Radio Ceylon announcer Gopal Sharma’s autobiography – “Aawaz Ki Duniya Ke Dosto” was released.
As Pandit Arvind Gajendragadkar entered 81st year of his life, he was warmly felicitated by music lovers and his fans in Nagpur. The well known flute and sur-mandal player Pandit Gajendragadkar is a popular astrologer also. Maharashtra’s Minister for Public Works (Public Undertakings) Anil Deshmukh was the chief guest. He is widely popular amongst the artistes, since he was earlier Cultural Affairs Minister of State in Maharashtra. Well known Urdu-Hindi writer Dr. Sagar Khadiwala and most popular singer M.A. Kader were the main organizers of the function, which also had compere Kishan Sharma as the special guest. Arvind Gajendragadkar entertained the audience with his short flute recital. Earlier, Pandit Arvind Gajendragadkar, Kishan Sharma and M.A. Kader with his musicians went to the Senior Citizen Home and entertained the old inmates without charging any remuneration.