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Film, Art,Music & Culture

by Kishan Sharma

Hindi Academy Awards

Prof. D. Thankappan Nair and theatre personality Nadira Zaheer Babbar receiving Hindi Academy awards).

Maharashtra Rajya Hindi Sahitya Academy of Government of Maharashtra felicitated 10 prominent persons for their outstanding service in promoting Hindi, and 20 others for their books in Hindi. Oscar award winner lyricist, who is also a popular writer and director, Padmabhooshan Sardar Sampooran Singh, better known as GULZAR, chief of Aditya Birla Group Mrs. Rajshree Birla, and popular playback singer Padmashri Udit Narayan were the chief guests. One lakh rupee National Award was given to Prof. D. Thankappan Nair of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), and Vishwanath Sachdev of Mumbai. State level awards of rupees 51001 –each were given to late lyricist Gopal Singh Nepali, theatre personality Nadira Zaheer Babbar (both from Mumbai), Sudarshan Kumar Bapurao Shah, Waman Ganpatrao Patil (both from Wardha), Narayan Gwalani, Dr. Sagar Khadiwala, Vitthal Narayan Chaudhari (all from Nagpur), and J. G. Phagare (from Pune). Other awardees are Hari Mridul, late Jeevitram Setpal, Dr. Usha Kirti Ranawat, Vinod Tiwari, Pratima Dave Shastri, Satyadev Tripathi, late Rajendra Pandey, Kamala Setpal (all from Mumbai), Dr. Shashikant Netrapal Sharma, Dr. Kavita Shanware, Rajendra Patoriya, Vinod Kumar Uike Deep, Kiran Meshram, Vrinda Bhusari (all from Nagpur), Dr. Ambadas Deshmukh, Narendra Kaur Chhabra (both from Aurangabad), Dr. Jyoti Vyas (from Amraoti), Dr. Sunil Keshav Deodhar (from Pune), Anita Manohar Naik (from Pusad),and Prema Shukla (from Akola). Executive President of the Academy Pt. Nandkishore Nautiyal presided over thefunction, which was attended by the Director of Cultural Affairs Ajay Ambekar, all members of the Academy and large number of Hindi lovers. Dr. Keshav Phalke proposed vote of thanks.

Flautist felicitated

Well known flautist Pandit Arvind Gajendragadkar was recently felicitated by the Sahara Parivar in Lucknow. He was given an award of rupees one lakh and one thousand at the hands of Chhabi Roy, mother of Sahara chief Subroto Roy. Young flautists were also given prizes on the basis of their flute recitals in a competition organized by the Sahara Parivar. Arvind Gajendragadkar, 82, is a popular Sur Mandal player, astrologer, writer and speaker also. He presented his flute recital on the occasion, which was very much appreciated by the large audience. He was with All India Radio for many years and served as Music Producer at several stations. His son Nikhil Gajendragadkar is a senior journalist and writes for India Link International also.

Dada Saheb Phalke Anniversary

Manoj Kumar at the felicitation function

The 140th anniversary of Dada Saheb Phalke was celebrated recently at Mumbai. The Dada Saheb Phalke Academy felicitated writer-actor-director-producer Manoj Kumar on the occasion. Director B.R. Ishara, playback singer Shamshad Begum, musician Vipin Reshamiya, filmmaker Surinder Kapoor, director Ashutosh Gowarikar and late Prithviraj Kapoor were also felicitated by the Academy, which holds the felicitation function every year on the birth anniversary of the “Father of Indian Cinema”.


Dr. Sushila Rani Patel welcoming Prasar Bharati Chairman Arun Bhatnagar, and English novel being released in Shiva Sangeetanjali programme

The most popular journalist of his times, Baburao Patel, who was editor of magazines like “Film India” and “Mother India” was paid rich tributes on his 105th birth anniversary recently. Chairman of Prasar Bharati of Government of India, Arun Bhatnagar, I.A.S. was the chief guest. Film actress Adah Sharma was one of the guests of honour. In the programme organized by Shiva Sangeetanjali, Baburao Patel’s wife, actress and singer Dr. Sushila Rani Patel surprised everybody by presenting a power-packed vocal recital at the age of around 90 years. Another singer Radhika Sood Nayak also presented a vocal recital. Padmabhooshan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan presented a Sitar jugalbandi with his son Zunain Khan. Hargauri Tatkare presented a dance recital. Mukund Bapat’s 25th novel “The Quest” was released on the occasion. Madan Mishra, Milind Joshi, Vinod Padge, Raghunath Phadke, Anant Kemkar, Rajendra Antarkar, Hanumant Rawde, Radhika Phanase, Swati Joshi and Suresh Gawade gave suitable instrumental and vocal support.

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