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Legendary Music Director Shantanu Mohapatra passes away

Legendary Odia musician, Shantanu Mohapatra passed away. He was the first Odia music composer to work with legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey and Md Rafi and also the first to work in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Telugu film industries. Mohapatra has composed music for hundreds of Odia film songs and Jatra (opera) shows in a career that spanned over three decades. Mohapatra, who retired as the Director of Odisha Mining Corporation, received several awards including the Odis

Aatmanirbharta named Oxford Hindi Word of the Year 2020

Aatmanirbharta has been named by Oxford Languages as its Hindi word of the year 2020. The Oxford Hindi word of the year is a word or expression that is chosen to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, which have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance. Aatmanirbharta', which means self-reliance, came into the limelight when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to make India an Atmani

Union Cabinet permits the merger of four government films media units with NFDC

The Union Cabinet on December 23, 2020, approved the merger of four of its media units- Directorate of Film Festivals, Films Division, Children’s Film Society, and National Film Archives of India with the National Film Development Corporation- NFDC. The vision of the new entity will be to ensure the focused and balanced development of Indian Cinema in all the genres- children’s content, feature films, films/content for the OTT platform, short films and documentaries, and animation

International Emmy Awards 2020: Delhi Crime from India wins best drama series

Indian web series Delhi Crime on Netflix has won the best drama series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards 2020. The event was held virtually for the first time in the history of International Emmy Awards due to the pandemic. The series which is directed by Richie Mehta is based on the horrific 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder. Another Indian show on prime ‘Four More Shots Please’ and actor Arjun Mathur from ‘Made in Heaven’ also made their way for the nominati

51st IFFI to be postponed amid the pandemic

The 51st annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which was earlier scheduled to start from November 20, 2020, in Goa has now been postponed to 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 51st edition of the annual film festival will not be conducted in a virtual and physical format. About the International Film Festival in India (IFFI): IFFI was founded in 1952 and since then it has been one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The festival is held annually currently in Goa

Short Film ‘Am I?’ wins first prize in Online Short Film Contest organized by I&B Ministry and NFDC

Short film ‘Am I?’ directed by Abhijit Paul has won the first prize in an Online Short Film Contest organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The theme as announced by the I&B Ministry and NFDC for the short film entries was to revolve around patriotism, while also equating it to the Atmanirbharta, self-reliance as the new mantra of progress for the nation.  

President confers Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award to  Amitabh Bachchan at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on December  29, 2019. Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest film honour.  Dadasaheb Phalke Award The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest film honour in India. It is conferred annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.   The recipient of the prestigious honour is selecte

Panipat Movie controversy: The Panipat trailer depicts Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali as a ruthless and brutal ruler

Panipat Movie controversy: Panipat trailer has created a controversy in Afghanistan over Sanjay Dutt’s portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the movie. The Panipat trailer, has stirred fears of impacting Indo-Afghan ties after its brutal depiction of Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali, who is considered as the founder of modern Afghanistan. Third Battle of Panipat: Everything you need to know The Third Battle of Panipat, known as one of the most significant battles ever fought in t

Choreographer Saroj Khan Passes Away at the Age of 71

Ace Choreographer Saroj Khan has passed away at the age of 71 due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai. Among the Bollywood circles she was referred to as "The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India". She is a three time National Award Winner with 8 Filmfare awards to her credit.

Usha Ganguly, veteran theatre actor passes away

Ganguly was an eminent theatre personality who is most known for her work in Hindi theatre in Kolkata in the period between the 1970s and 1980s. She founded the theatre group, Rangakarmee, in 1976. The theatre group produced many plans such as Rudali, Mahabhoj, Himmat Mai, Antaryatra and Court Martial. Ganguly started acting in the same year with Sangit Kala Mandir and started work on her first play Mitti Ki Gadi, where she essayed the role of Vasantsena. The play was based on Mrichchakatikam b

General Thimaiyya Museum inaugrated at Madikeri by the President

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugrated General Thimayya Museum at Madikeri. He regarded him as one of the India's greatest soldier. He had served as the Chief of Millitary staff between 1957-1961 Additional Info about Madikeri: lies in Western Ghats and is known for its coffee plantations It is also the source for River Cauvery from Baba Budan Hills nearby.

Petition to Convert INS Viraat into a Museum

The warship has been proposed to be dismantled at the ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat. However, Bombay HC has stayed the order on petition of Envitech to convert maritime museum and a multifunctional adventure centre.

Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu is a martial art based on the ancient knowledge of the human body. It originated in Kerala during 3nd century BC to the 2nd century AD.  It is now practised in Kerala and in some parts of Tamil Nadu. The place where this martial art is practised is called a 'Kalari'. It is a Malayalam word that signifies a kind of gymnasium. Kalari literally means 'threshing floor' or

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