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four artistes from maharashtra honoured with sangeet natak akademi awards


pune | published: june 21, 2018 9:59:55 am prakash khengde and sunil shanbagwritten by neha mehrotrafour of the 42 artists, who have won the prestigious sangeet natak akademi awards for 2018, hail from maharashtra. they are folk-art scholar prakash khendge, writer and director abhiram bhadkamkar, actor and director sunil shanbag and tabla player yogesh samsi. khendge is the founder and head of the lok kala academy, or performing folk arts department, of the university of mumbai. a scholar specialising in folk dances of maharashtra, khendge said his interest in folk art was triggered by his parents. “my father was a kirtankar and my mother was very fond of khandoba jagran, where people stay up all night singing songs about khandoba. right from my childhood, i was exposed to the devot...






which name for theatre: meghdoot or alkazi?


written by divya a , pragya kaushika | new delhi | updated: may 2, 2017 4:22 am former national school of drama chief ebrahim alkazithe sangeet natak akademi’s move to rename its meghdoot theatre after former national school of drama chief ebrahim alkazi has sparked a stir with the culture ministry seeking an internal report on the decision, sources told the indian express. the akademi is holding a function on wednesday to mark the renaming with lok sabha speaker sumitra mahajan as the chief guest. while mahajan confirmed her participation, the akademi’s chairperson shekhar sen said one of the sample invitations for the function “got leaked” and its wording “has been misinterpreted by people”.the “leaked” invitation stated: “shekhar sen takes pleasure in invi...






cannot form rules to return sahitya akademi awards: hc


written by manish raj | new delhi | published:march 28, 2017 6:15 amthere cannot be guidelines for returning the sahitya akademi awards as the akademi’s constitution did not provide for taking back any award, said the delhi high court monday quashing a pil which sought directions to the centre to formulate rules in the event of a recipient returning the award.according to the pil, the award by the sahitya akademi — an autonomous body under the aegis of the ministry of tourism and culture — was given to authors of “outstanding publications” for the preceding three years. it comprises a citation and a cash prize of rs 1 lakh. claiming rising intolerance in the country, several writers had returned the prestigious awards in 2015.the plea added that “returning the awards tarni...






mumbai, lucknow miss a shot at unesco creative cities network


written by divya a | new delhi | published:july 2, 2017 5:19 am the unesco secretariat advises the interested parties on its website to “prepare your application as early as possible.top newstwo major cities in india have missed out on their chance to be a part of the prestigious unesco creative cities network (uccn) this year. while the dossier to support chennai has been submitted by the government, dossiers for mumbai and lucknow could not be sent to unesco ahead of the june 16 deadline. as per unesco guidelines, each country can nominate up to three cities every two years to be considered for the list. the next opportunity for submission of dossiers for uccn comes only in 2019.the ministry of culture, during a meeting in march with officials from sangeet natak akademi (sna) ...






hindi: hindi is another indian language and nothing more


by vivek shanbhagi grew up with four languages. literature came to me through kannada and my school education was in kannada but my engineering degree was in english. my aunt taught me hindi and persuaded me to take certain exams that helped me develop an interest in this language. i would switch between my mother tongue, konkani, and kannada, without being aware of it, and this was not unique to me. in karnataka, the relationship between neighbouring languages has always been very cordial and strong. of course, there are disputes with maharashtra over belagavi but marathi is still one of the major languages spoken in the border districts. the marathi theatre (sangeet natak) was popular in northern karnataka. similar examples abound in kannada literature. while one of our greatest poets, d






delhi hc scanner on former lalit kala akademi secy


written by manish raj | new delhi | published:april 11, 2017 5:13 amall is not well with the lalit kala akademi, the apex cultural body in the country, the delhi high court has said. the matter pertains to the appointment and pending disciplinary inquiry against sudhakar sharma, former secretary of the akademi. “though the government of india has pleaded that an administrator be appointed… it appears the same is nothing but an eye-wash and sudhakar sharma was controlling the affairs of the akademi,” said the bench of chief justice g rohini and justice sangita dhingra sehgal.sharma was holding the post of keeper in national gallery of modern art (ngma). after issuance of a memorandum, he joined as the secretary of the akademi from april 2001 on deputation for three years. bef...






family of late tamil poet rejects award from sahitya akademi


written by arun janardhanan | chennai | published: december 23, 2017 3:49 am inquilab, who died in december 2016, was among 24 winners announced by the akademi on thursday to honour their literary work.top newsthe family of shahul hameed, better known as inquilab, has decided to return the 2017 sahitya akademi award conferred posthumously on the tamil poet and writer, saying that he “didn’t believe in receiving awards from the government or intellectuals”.inquilab, who died in december 2016, was among 24 winners announced by the akademi on thursday to honour their literary work. he was among five poets selected from different languages, including tamil, maithili, marathi, santali and telugu.speaking to the indian express, inquilab’s daughter amina bharvin said, “his name...






maharashtra takes the cake in terms of padma awards


mumbai: with a total of 10 out of 11 nominees from maharashtra being chosen for the coveted padma awards, including one posthumously, the state has achieved a commendable tally in terms of the country’s highest civilian awards in 2018.the awards were announced late on thursday on the eve of the 69th republic day.the sole padma vibhushan awardee — the second highest civilian award — from the state is eminent classical singer ghulam mustafa khan, while sitar maestro arvind parikh has been honoured with a padma bhushan — the third highest civilian award, both in the arts/music category.the country’s fourth highest award — the padma shri — has gone to the legendary doctor couple abhay bang and rani a. bang, both of whom have been conferred the award in the category of medicine.ar...






culture ministry to set revenue targets for sahitya akademi, lalit kala akademi


homeindiaculture ministry to set revenue targets for sahitya akademi, lalit kala akademi and other cultural institutions






maharashtra: republic day parade: maharashtra wins best tableau award


new delhi: the tableau from maharashtra depicting the coronation of chhatrapati shivaji maharaj at the republic day parade at the rajpath here won the first prize, followed by assam's tableau on traditional masks of the satras. the tableau of chhattisgarh, which depicted ramgarh's ancient amphitheatre in addition to artistes performing dance based on kalidasa's 'meghadootam', was awarded the third prize. defence minister nirmala sitharaman presented the awards to the winning teams at an event here today. among the three military services, the contingent from the army's punjab regiment was awarded the best marching contingent trophy, while the indo-tibetan border police team won the best marching contingent prize among the para-military and other auxiliary forces....






inspired by sahitya akademi award winner, satara’s mardhe may be maharashtra’s f


written by garima mishra | pune | published:september 21, 2017 7:55 am representational purpose.top newsthe late bal sitaram mardhekar, a renowned marathi poet and sahitya akademi award recipient, was often compared with french poet charles pierre baudelaire. like baudelaire, who is believed to have coined the term ‘modernity’ in french poetry, mardhekar is regarded as the litterateur who introduced an element of novelty in marathi poetry. mardhekar hailed from the village mardhe, a small village in satara district, located about 90 kms from pune.recently, the maharashtra sahitya parishad of satara submitted a proposal to the state government, aiming to develop mardhe as a ‘village of poetry’. the proposal has been forwarded to the tourism and cultural affairs department of t...






meet 11 hot stylish indian cricket wags


all set for @swagata_barve ‘s sangeet … the wedding fun begins … yaaaay #bff #day1 #sangeet #cocktail #superexcited #weddingseasona post shared by radhika rahane (@radhika_dhopavkar) on dec 14, 2016 at 6:49am pst






sangeet som promised pwd deal, took rs 43 lakh, says local bjp leader


written by amit sharma | meerut | published: june 13, 2018 4:30:04 am speaking to the indian express, sanjay alleged that he has not been able to contact sangeet som for the last 15 days. (file)top newsa bjp functionary has alleged that he paid rs 43 lakh to aides of party legislator sangeet som on the promise that he will get a state pwd contract for building a government degree college in dadri. in a written complaint to the meerut ssp rajesh kumar pandey on saturday night, sanjay pradhan has said he wants his money back. he is, however, yet to produce any evidence proving that he gave the sum to the sardhana mla’s associates.“i have given rs 43 lakh to thakur sangeet som because he promised me that using his influence, he will ensure that the contract for construction of th...






meet 11 super-stylish indian cricket wags


all set for @swagata_barve ‘s sangeet … the wedding fun begins … yaaaay #bff #day1 #sangeet #cocktail #superexcited #weddingseasona post shared by radhika rahane (@radhika_dhopavkar) on dec 14, 2016 at 6:49am pst






looking for wedding inspiration? this sangeet ceremony is all you need to watch


in a recent video posted on instagram by indianweddingbuzz,  2010 miss india-usa, natasha arora is seen leaving her audience speechless with flawless dance moves on hit bollywood numbers during her wedding sangeet function. the big fat indian shaadi is too mellow without glittery party scenes and crazy dance moves, and natasha’s wedding video fulfills both criteria. performed at her sangeet ceremony in texas, natasha’s dance moves are taking the internet by storm.if you don’t believe how amazing choreographed dance numbers can be at an indian wedding here look at natasha arora’s sangeet ceremony.originally uploaded on youtube in february, the video features 2010 miss india usa natasha arora mesmerising everyone during her grand sangeet ceremony by shaking a leg to popular h...






artistes write to pm modi over ‘irregularities’ in r-day awards


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 8, 2017 7:06 pmseveral artistes from karnataka have sought prime minister narendra modi’s intervention, alleging irregularities in the awarding of prizes to folk performers and tableaux in this year’s republic day parade. seeking a probe into the matter, artistes from karnataka who were part of the parade have written to modi, alleging “unholy nexus” for many years between a few contractors and the defence establishments in awarding tableaux project and prizes.watch what else is making news“we would like to bring to your attention some issues concerning selection of prizes awarded to folk artistes and to the tableaux, which, we believe is not proper.“…we believe (it) should be looked into and probed so that the republic day parade remains a celebra






upset by legal wrangle, sahitya akademi winner aniruddhan vasudevan declines awa


written by arun janardhanan | chennai | published: january 31, 2018 3:19 am aniruddhan vasudevan had translated murugan’s controversial novelrelated newsaniruddhan vasudevan, who won the 2016 sahitya akademi award for translation in english, has written to the akademi and declined it, apparently frustrated at the legal wrangle over the award. vasudevan had been recognised for his work on one part woman, translation of perumal murugan’s tamil novel mathorubhagan, which had sparked massive protests in 2014 by hindu caste-based and religious groups, who later filed a petition in madras high court against the sahitya akademi award to vasudevan.kannan sundaram of kalachuvadu publications, who faced wrath of these groups for publishing murugan’s original tamil work, said that vasu...






sahitya akademi awards for 24


by: express news service | new delhi | published:february 23, 2017 5:29 amtwenty-four writers received the sahitya akademi awards 2016 here wednesday. congratulating the winners.the award-winning poets are jnan pujari (assamese), anjali basumatary (bodo), kamal vora (gujarati), prabha verma (malayalam), sitanath acharya (sanskrit), gobindra chandra maji (santali), nand javeri (sindhi) and papineni sivasankar (telugu). the short story writers who won the award are chhatrapal (dogri), shyam darihare (maithili), moirangthem rajen (manipuri), asaram lomate (marathe), paramita satpathy (odia), bulaki sharma (rajasthani), and vannadhasan (tamil).the novelists are jerry pinto (english), nasira sharma (hindi), b m kunhi (kannada), edwin j f dsouza (konkani), and gita upadhyay (nepali). aziz h...






suqia fetes 10 winners of $1m prize


dubai: the first edition of the mohammad bin rashid al maktoum global water awards on thursday honoured 10 winners from eight countries who will share the $1 million prize for their ideas to help stave off global water scarcity using solar power-backed technology.the winners from the uae, qatar, canada, switzerland, the netherlands, spain, finland and greece were honoured in a morning ceremony to mark the first round of the awards launched by his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.the awards are organised by uae water aid foundation (suqia) which helped provide fresh water to eight million people in 19 countries in 2016, exceeding original targets by three million.winners were honoured by shaikh maktoum bin mohamm






bollywood should take a stand on temporary ban on pakistan artistes, says mos ba


written by surbhi gupta | new delhi | published: february 22, 2018 6:06 am union minister babul supriyo has expressed his disapproval in engaging with pakistani artistes at a time when tensions on the border have escalated. (file photo)related newssuggesting a temporary ban by the hindi film industry on working with pakistani artistes, union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises babul supriyo on wednesday said that like others have “cornered pakistan”, and with the us just “one step away from declaring it a terrorist state”, bollywood should show solidarity to indian soldiers by not engaging with artistes from that country. supriyo, himself a playback singer, was addressing the media with vashu bhagnani, producer of the film ‘welcome to new york??...






president appoints mumbai sculptor as lalit kala akademi chief


by: new delhi written by divya a | updated: may 19, 2018 5:42:17 am uttam pacharne the chairman of the 127-year-old bombay art society (bas) for three terms. (file)top newspresident ram nath kovind on thursday appointed mumbai-based sculptor uttam pacharne the chairman of lalit kala akademi.pacharne, who is a member of the advisory committees at kala academy, goa, and pl deshpande state lalit kala academy, maharashtra, received the national lalit kala award in 1985. he was the chairman of the 127-year-old bombay art society (bas) for three terms. president of bas vasudeo kamath, said: “pacharne is a noted name in the region. he works in mediums such as stone, bronze, clay and fibre, and is equally comfortable in making realistic as well as abstract sculptures.”the 61-year-old?...






sit gave me clean chit in muzaffarnagar riots case long ago: sangeet som


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:april 15, 2017 2:06 pm bhartiya janta party mla, sangeet singh som (express archive)bharatiya janata party (bjp) mla sangeet som on saturday said that the special investigation team (sit) had given him a clean chit in 2013 muzaffarnagar riots case long ago during the akhilesh yadav government rule, as reported by news agency ani. “no chargesheet was filed against me during the regime of the previous government and the sit gave me clean chit last under akhilesh yadav’s government. the sit might have submitted the details in court, but i was given the clean chit long ago,” som was quoted as saying.read: clean chit for sangeet som in inflammatory video casethe sit, on friday, filed a closure report in the case giving som a clean chit. he...






lalit kala ex-chairman under scanner: ‘no one contacted me about cbi probe’


written by divya a | new delhi | published: december 9, 2017 3:14 am ashok vajpeyitop newsashok vajpeyi, the former lalit kala akademi chairman whose tenure has come under the cbi scanner, on friday termed the development “extremely unusual”. earlier this week, the indian express reported that the ministry of culture had requested the agency to conduct a probe into “irregularities and violation of government guidelines in the lalit kala akademi, new delhi”. in the one-page letter, the ministry made a special mention of complaints received against vajpeyi regarding alleged misappropriation of government funds and of causing a loss to the exchequer by allegedly allowing some artists to use the akademi’s galleries free of cost.vajpeyi said: “as of now, neither the cbi, no...






govt to cbi: probe lalit kala akademi ‘irregularities’


written by divya a | new delhi | updated: december 5, 2017 4:29 am the central bureau of investigation building in the capital.(representational image)top newswith an aim to put a lid on long-pending disputes at the lalit kala akademi (lka), the government has asked the cbi to probe into the alleged irregularities at the premier arts institute. in a letter dated november 20, 2017, addressed to cbi director alok kumar verma, the ministry of culture has requested the agency to conduct a probe into “irregularities and violation of government guidelines in lalit kala akademi, new delhi”.the letter, a copy of which is with the indian express, says that “an internal audit for the period 2012-13 to 2014-15 of lka had been conducted. audit in its conclusion observed frequent instanc...






kannada writer chandrashekhara kambara elected sahitya akademi president


written by divya a | new delhi | published: february 13, 2018 2:18 am kambara is the third kannada author, after vinayaka krishna gokak and u r ananthamurthy, to head the institution.related newskannada writer and jnanpith awardee chandrashekhara kambara was on monday elected president of sahitya akademi, defeating his nearest rival, odiya novelist and another jnanpith recipient pratibha ray, by 27 votes. ray secured 29 votes as against kambara’s 56, while the third candidate, marathi writer bhalchandra nemade, got four votes.kambara, 81, is a prominent poet, playwright, folklorist and film director in kannada language, and founder-vice-chancellor of kannada university in hampi. he has served as a member of sahitya akademi’s executive board for more than 10 years and has been ...






meet assam’s new dgp: a fulbright scholar, sahitya akademi award winner and iit


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 8:10:20 pm senior ips officer kuladhar saikia was appointed as assam’s new director general of police (dgp) on wednesday. saikia will take over from incumbent dgp mukesh sahay on may 1.a 1985-batch ips officer from the assam-meghalaya cadre, saikia is a fulbright scholar in community leadership from pennsylvania university and winner of numerous literary awards. he is a sahitya akademi recipient and also has a doctorate on crime and development from the indian institute of technology (iit), guwahati.saikia had to compete with four other senior ips officers for the dgp post after mukesh sahay’s retirement on april 30.it must be mentioned that saikia has been closely involved in a number of anti-terror operations. to name a ...






chandrasekhar rath, doyen of odia literature, passes away


by: pti | bhubaneswar | published: february 9, 2018 10:51 pm chandrasekhar rath (photo: ani)related newsthe doyen of odia literature chandrasekhar rath passed away here at a private hospital on friday, his family members said. he was 89 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. the eminent writer breathed his last while undergoing treatment for age-related ailments.born on october 17, 1929 at malapada village in balangir district, the writer was nominated for the prestigious padma shri award this year. rath was conferred with several awards, including kendra sahitya akademi award, odisha sahitya akademi award and atibadi jagannath das samman, for his contribution in the field of literature.governor of odisha s c jamir expressed grief over the passing away of the noted wr...






sardar singh, devendra jhajharia receive khel ratna awards from president ram na


by: express web desk | updated: august 29, 2017 5:21 pm sardar singh and devendra jhajharia being conferred with khel ratna awards. (source: ani)related newspresident of india ram nath kovind conferred prestigious sports awards on tuesday to celebrate national sports day on the birth anniversary of hockey legend major dhyan chand. while former hockey captain sardar singh and paralympian javelin thrower devendra jhajharia received rajiv gandhi khel ratna awards, seventeen deserving athletes from a variety of sports in india were honoured with arjuna awards at the rashtrapati bhawan.the 17 athletes honoured with the arjuna awards are cheteshwar pujara, harmanpreet kaur, mariyappan thangavelu, varun bhati, ssp chawrasia, saketh myneni, khusbir kaur, aarokiya rajiv, prashanti singh, sv su...






abu dhabi awards for nine ‘extraordinary individuals’


mohammad bin zayed awards the winners for their contribution in building and supporting the communityabu dhabi: nine extraordinary individuals were honoured on monday for their contribution in building and supporting the community in abu dhabi.his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, gave away the abu dhabi awards 2018 at a ceremony in the capital.this year, the awards joined the nation in commemorating 2018 as the year of zayed in recognition and gratitude of the legacy, values and principles of the nation’s founding father, the late shaikh zayed bin sultan al nahyan, who set a global benchmark of humanitarian philanthropy. in a ceremony held at al bahr palace, shaikh mohammad honoured the award recipi..






redink journalism awards for vinod dua, raj kamal jha


by: express news service | mumbai | published:june 4, 2017 6:12 amtop newsveteran journalist vinod dua will be honoured with the redink award for lifetime achievement in journalism while raj kamal jha, chief editor of the indian express, will receive the journalist of the year award for 2017.the awards, part of the national redink awards for excellence in journalism and instituted by the mumbai press club, will be presented by maharashtra chief minister devendra fadnavis at a ceremony in mumbai on june 7.in a statement on saturday, mumbai press club secretary dharmendra jore said the award to dua was recognition of his “extensive and versatile contribution to journalism in different formats and subjects” while jha provided “exemplary stewardship over the last couple of years to ...






12-day international theatre festival from november 1


written by aditi rao | pune | published:october 25, 2017 8:17 am the fest will feature productions by artistes across the world.related newsa play that was once banned, a performance in which a story is recounted using body movements instead of words and a presentation by a community of artistes from a small village of karnataka who aim to promote their native language through arts — are some of the highlights of the international association for performing arts and research (iapar)’s international theatre festival, beginning november 1.the 12-day theatre festival is in its second edition and will feature 14 productions by artistes from argentina, bangladesh, germany, korea, sri lanka, turkey and india; each act as unique as the country it comes from.from the national school of dr...






ambedkar shunned fasts, says gujarat sahitya akademi chief


written by parimal dabhi | gandhinagar | published: april 14, 2018 3:41:57 am a collection of poetry on dr ambedkar between 1930-1956 was published at m j library in ahmedabadrelated newsspeaking against fasts as a form of protest, chairman of gujarat sahitya akademi vishnu pandya said on friday manusmriti – the hindu law book – had a good side to it which people should seek out. pandya was speaking at a function to discuss two books published by the akademi – one on unsung heroes of ambedkar movement in gujarat and a collection of poetry on dr ambedkar between 1930-1956 – at m j library in ahmedabad on friday.pandya also termed dalit youth leader and independent mla from vadgam constituency jignesh mevani’s call to dalits to not allow bjp leaders to touch statues of dr ambe...






sangeet som questions taj mahal history, calls mughals traitor; mamata, owaisi l


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: october 16, 2017 10:29 pm bharatiya janata party mla, sangeet singh som (express archive)top newshaving came under fire for questioning taj mahal’s place in history, bjp mla sangeet som on monday sought to distance himself from the controversy, saying that he was not averse to the 17th century architectural marvel. “i don’t oppose taj mahal. it’s a beautiful heritage. i oppose mughals who built it and how they have been portrayed in history,” som was quoted as saying by ani.on sunday, the bjp legislator from sardhana sparked fresh controversy after terming mughal emperors babur, akbar and aurangzeb as “traitors”. he also said their names would be erased from the pages of history. som further distorted historical facts, saying...






eminent litterateur pathani patnaik p es away


by: pti | cuttack | published:february 4, 2017 10:09 pm pathanai patnaik had served as president of odisha sahitya akademi and received the kendriya sahitya akademi award in 2010 for his autobiog hy “jeebanara chalapatha”. (source: sahitya-akademi.gov.in/sahitya-akademi/library)eminent educationist and litterateur pathani patnaik died on urday at his residence here, family sources said. he was 89 and is survived by two sons and three daughters. his wife had pre-deceased him. his body was consigned to the flames at the ichoura crematorium in the city in the presence of persons from the literary field and well wishers.watch what else is making newsa former principal of christ college, patnaik had served as president of odisha sahitya akademi and received the kendriya sahitya akademi award i






clean chit for sangeet som in inflammatory video case


written by manish sahu | lucknow | published:april 15, 2017 4:27 am sangeet somthe special investigation team (sit) probing the muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 has filed a closure report in a case where bjp mla sangeet singh som was accused of allegedly sharing a video on facebook, which triggered communal violence in the district and adjoining areas that claimed 62 lives.“the closure report was filed earlier this week because facebook’s headquarters in california could not provide the complete details, which could have helped in collecting evidence in the case. the closure report has been filed on the ground that no evidence could be found,” said inspector dharampal tyagi, the investigating officer in the case.tyagi said the report was filed in a local court, which is yet to ta...