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Manoj Kumar to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran Film Actor and Director Manoj Kumar has been selected for the prestigious 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015.

He was unanimously selected by a five member jury consisted of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota.

About Manoj Kumar

  • Manoj Kumar was born as Harikishan Giri Goswami on 24 July 1937 in Abbottabad (now in Pakistan), then part of British India.
  • He had shifted to Delhi at the age of 10 due to India-Pakistan partition after independence. He entered in the film industry after graduating from Hindu College, University of Delhi.
  • His debut role as an actor was in the film Fashion (1957) and as a leading role was in film Kaanch Ki Gudia (1960).
  • He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Woh Kaun Thi, Do Badan, Patthar Ke Sanam, Upkaar, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, and Kranti.
  • He is best known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes. His first patriotic film was Shaheed (1965) based on the life of Bhagat Singh.
  • Awards and Honours: He is a recipient of National Film Award (1968) for the film Upkaar. He also was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1992 and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

About Dadasaheb Phalke Award

  • The award is conferred by the Union Government on person for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.
  • Established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. It is the highest official recognition (award) in Indian cinema.
  • The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees and a shawl. It is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the Centre.


Theatre guru Ratan Thiyam selected for 11th META Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran playwright and director Ratan Thiyam has been selected for prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META).

He will be conferred with this award in recognition for his work for creating a new language in theatre and enriching the art form in various roles as director, writer, composer, designer and choreographer. Currently, Ratan Thiyam is Chairman of National School of Drama.

About Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META)

  • Instituted in the year 2006 by the Mahindra Group and Teamwork Arts Pvt Ltd.
  • It is a one of its kind and one of the biggest theatre festivals in the country that aims at Theatre Groups from every corner of the nation.
  • It seeks to provide them platform to showcase their excellence in the art form on one stage.
  • In the past, Lifetime Achievement Award has been conferred on theatre greats such as Zohra Sehgal, Badal Sarkar, Ebrahim Alkazi, Khaled Chowdhury and Girish Karnad etc.


Poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas selected for 2015 Bihari Puraskar

Eminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas has been selected for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar for his anthology of Rajasthani poems ‘Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad’ published in 2010.

Dr Vyas through his poetry has highlighted the increasing tendencies of commercialization and degradation of human values.

About Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas

  • Dr Vyas was born on July 10, 1941 in Gilund village in Raj Samand district of Rajasthan.
  • His literally works reflect the unpleasant changes in human relations, social disparity and loss of human values although positivity and his faith in human life.
  • His best known works includes compendium of poems titled ‘Shatabdi Niruttar’ (1977), ‘Footpath Par Chiriya Nachti Hai’ (1984) and a collection of short stories ‘Suraj Leelti Ghatiyan’ stand out.
  • He also has also authored several short stories and worked as an eminent translator.
  • He had retired as Principal of RNT College of Teacher Education in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan.
  • He is a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award.

About Bihari Puraskar

  • Instituted by the K K Birla Foundation in 1991.
  • Given annually for an outstanding literary work in Hindi or Rajasthani published during last 10 years by a Rajasthani writer.
  • The award carries a cash prize of one lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.
  • It is also open to those living in the state for the last seven years or more apart from original residents of Rajasthan.
  • The recipient of award is selected by a six-member Committee. Its Chairman is appointed by the President of the Foundation, Shobhana Bhartia.