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Music Director Uttam Singh named for Maharashtra’s Lata Mangeshkar Award

The noted music director and violinist Uttam Singh (68) has been named for 2016 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Maharashtra government.

He has been selected for the prestigious award for his contributions in the field of music. He will be presented this award later this year.

About Uttam Singh

  • He had stared his music at tender age. He had acquired his basic training from his father who was a sitar player.
  • He later learnt to play violin and table. At the age of 15 he played violin for Mohammad Safi, assistant of legendary Bollywood music composer Naushad.
  • Since then he had played for top music directors of the era, including Naushad, C. Ramchandra, Roshan, S.D. Burman and later became the chief violinist for R.D. Burman.
  • Later he had joined hands with Jagdish Khanna. The ‘Uttam-Jagdish’ duo became one of the top music team and had worked for over 65 Bollywood films.
  • He also worked for various Tamil films with Ilaiyaraja as music arranger and in 1999 he had composed music for the Malayalam film Prem Poojari.
  • Awards and Honours: International Indian Film Academy Award, Filmfare Award and Screen Award for best music director, Filmfare Award, Screen Award and Zee Cine Award.

About Lata Mangeshkar Award

  • The coveted award was instituted by the Maharashtra government in honour of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar in 1992.
  • It is awarded annually to a doyen of music. It carries a citation, a trophy and Rs 500,000 in cash.


Telugu writer Kalakaluri Enoch conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith

Noted Dalit voice, poet and Telugu writer Prof.Kalakaluri Enoch was conferred with the prestigious Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015.

The prestigious literary award was bestowed upon him for his novel Anantajivanam by Veteren art historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayana function in New Delhi.

His novel Ananta Jeevanam depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak and the common man in Rayalaseema to preserve the historical and cultural inheritance of the region during a devastating cyclone.

About Kalakaluri Enoch

  • Dr Enoch was born on July 1, 1939 in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • He is a former vice-chancellor of SV University.
  • He has been awarded the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of the country for his contributions to the field of literature.

About Moortidevi Award

  • The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India.
  • It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture.
  • The award carries a shawl, Saraswati Statue, Citation and a cheque of four lakh rupees.


Tamil film Visaranai selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category.

The film has been directed by Vetrimaran and is produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films. It is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up.

Key Facts

  • The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
  • It documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.
  • It starrs Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Ajay Ghosh, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss.
  • Awards and Honours: At 72nd Venice Film Festival it had won the Amnesty International Italia Award.
  • At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three honours viz. Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing for Kishore Te.