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Indian-American Vinaya Manchaiah named Future Leader of Audiology

Indian-American associate professor from US Vinaya Manchaiah has been named as the Future Leader of Audiology.

In this regard, he was inducted into the 2016 class of the ‘Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology’ by the American Academy of Audiology.

He is among the one of only a dozen individuals selected from across the US for this prestigious honour.

About Vinaya Manchaiah

  • Manchaiah is associate professor at the Lamar University in Texas. He hails from South India, Manchaiah and holds a PhD in disability research from Linkoping University, Sweden.
  • He is the co-founder of non-profit NGO Audiology India, for which he served as president from 2011 to 2015. The organisation seeks to foster hearing and ear health care in India.

Audiology: It is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance and related disorders.

American Academy of Audiology: It is the world’s largest professional organisation of audiologists. The members look to provide hearing care services through research, education, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.


Murga wins first prize at Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival

Murga has won the first prize at the Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival (SBSFF). The short film was directed by young filmmaker Katyayan Shivpuri from Maharashtra.

The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu bestowed award upon Katyayan with a certificate and cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees.

Key Facts

  • The SBSFF was organised and curated by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) on behalf of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • The festival was the cinematic presentation of short films of not more than 3 minutes duration, dedicated to the Swachh Bharat Mission initiative of Central Government.
  • It had received 4,346 entries in more than 20 languages from across the country, including Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


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.