Adoor Gopalakrishnan honoured with Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award

Acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on 29 March 2015 was honoured with Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award.

He was presented the award by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the function held at Guwahati, Assam.

About Adoor Gopalakrishnan

  • Gopalakrishnan is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India.
  • As a film director, producer and script writer he had played a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema.
  • Adoor’s debut film was Swayamvaram (1972) which had pioneered the new wave of cinema movement in Kerala.
  • For his contribution to film industry, he has won 16 National Film Awards, 17 Kerala State Film Awards and several international film awards.
  • Adoor is also honoured with Padma Shri (1984) and the Padma Vibhushan (2006). In 2004, he was awarded with Dadasaheb Phalke Award- highest cinema award of India.

About Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award

  • It is a biennial award instituted in 2013 and named in the memory of the cultural doyen Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
  • The award carries a memento, citation, collection of books and cheque of 5 lakh rupees.
  • The award was instituted by the Asam Sahitya Sabha and sponsored by the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL).

The first recipient of this award was eminent research scholar and dance exponent Lubna Marium from Bangladesh.


Renowned Malayalam poet Yusuf Ali Kechery passes away

Renowned Malayalam poet Yusuf Ali Kechery passed away on 21 March 2015 in Kochi, Kerala. He was 81 and had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

Kechery was one of the leading poets of the modern era Malayalam poetry and was known for his mystic lyrics on Hindu gods.

About Yusuf Ali Kechery

  • He was born on 16 May 1934 in Kechery, Thrissur district of Kerala. Kechery had studied Sanskrit under well-known scholar K P Narayana Pisharody.
  • Kechery along with ONV Kurup and P Bhaskaran had dominated Malayalam films as a top-notch lyricist. His debut as lyricist was in 1971 with Malayalam film Sindooracheppu.
  • In his career he had penned hundreds of songs known for their mystic and romantic charm with a semi-classical touch.
  • Apart from being poet and lyricist, he was also film producer and director. His directorial debut was Maram (Tree) in 1973 and his first film as a producer was Sindooracheppu (1971).
  • Kechery also had served as assistant secretary of Kerala Sangaeetha Natak Academy and also served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Academy.
  • Awards- He was awarded a National Film Award for Best Lyricist for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film Mazha (Rain) in 2000, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award(1985), Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics in year 1993, 1994 and 1998.


Veteran singer Bombay S Kamal passes away

Veteran singer and music composer Bombay S. Kamal passed away on 17 March 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala at the age of 85. He was suffering from respiratory ailments.

In past six decades, he had active presence in the field of music especially in Malayalam film music.

About Bombay S. Kamal

  • He was born in Mumbai. Kamal had received attention as singer since the age of 7 by singing Mohammed Rafi hits.
  • In 1950’s, he moved to Kerala and settled in Kozhikode district after an acquaintance with iconic composer and director M.S. Baburaj.
  • In his career he had composed songs for 13 films. His debut as music composer was in the film Nilavilakku in 1986. He also had composed songs for films including Aksharathram (1991), Sheershakam (1991), Police Diary (1992) and Shanthi Nilayam.
  • Kamal was also active in the world of music by singing for albums and gana melas.
  • He is recipient of inaugural Swaralaya Guruvandanam Award in 2012.