Awards Current Affairs 2017

Hindi Scholar and writer Surendra Verma selected for 2016 Vyas Samman award

Renowned Hindi Scholar, litterateur and playwright Surendra Verma (75) was selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman 2016.

He was chosen for this award for his novel Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha : Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se, published in 2010.

About Surendra Verma

  • Born on September 7, 1941 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
  • He had started his career as a teacher and later writing stories.
  • His first play was Surya ki antim kiran sesurya kipahli kiran tak (From the Sun’s Last Ray to the Sun’s First Ray`). It has been translated in six different languages
  • So far he has published fifteen titles of short stories, novels, satires and play. Some of them Mujhe Chand Chahiyae, Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pahli Kiran Tak, Athwan Sarg and Qaid-e-Hayat etc.
  • Awards and Honours: He has won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1993) and Sahitya Akademi Award (1996).

About Vyas Samman award

The Vyas Samman award award was instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991. It is awarded annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored and published in past 10 years by an Indian citizen. The award carries monetary award of 2.5 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.


70th BAFTA Awards 2017

The 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards ceremony was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This year the BAFTA awards were conferred for the outstanding performances in films and documentaries screened at British Cinemas in 2016. La La Land won the most awards at the event, winning five and  was also most nominated in 11 categories.

Winners are
  • Best Film: La La Land
  • Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Best Original Music: La La Land
  • Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Lion
  • Best Cinematography: La La Land
  • Best Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best British Short Film: Home
  • Best British Film: I, Daniel Blake
  • Best Film Not in the English Language: Son of Saul
  • Best Documentary: 13th
  • Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Best Costume Design: Jackie
  • Best Make Up & Hair: Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Best Sound: Arrival
  • Best Special Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
  • Best British Short Animation: A Love Story
  • EE Rising Star Award: Tom Holland
  • BAFTA Fellowship: Mel Brooks
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Curzon Cinemas
  • Best Production Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers) for Under the Shadow

About British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

  • The British Academy Film Awards are annual award presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to honour the best British and international contributions to film.
  • The award was founded in 1947 by the British Film Academy. In 1958, the academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television and later BAFTA in 1976.
  • The award presented consists of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe.