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Pioneer Indian Lawyer Dr N. R. Madhava Menon passes away

Dr.NR Madhava Menon an educationist, scholar and pioneer of Indian legal education, dies in Thiruvananthapuram at 84 years of age.

About NR Madhava Menon

  • He is considered as ‘Father of Modern Legal Education’, for changing the face of Indian legal education.

Contributions:

  • He is pioneer in establishment of National Law Schools in India.
  • He also conceptualized of five year integrated LLB (or Bachelor of Legislative Law) course, in place of earlier 3-year course.
  • He was founder director of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), founded in 1987 in Bangalore. He also headed it for 12 years.
  • In 1998 he established West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).
  • Later, he presided as founder director of National Judicial Academy (NJA), Bhopal, till his retirement in 2006.

Achievements

  • In 1994, he was conferred ‘Living Legend of Law Award’ by International Bar Association.
  • He was honoured by Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award), in 2003 for his outstanding contribution to public services.
  • He also received ‘Rotary Club Award’ for Vocational Excellence and the Plaque of Honour from Bar Council of India.
  • Besides publishing several articles and monographs on a variety of legal subjects, he has also authored many books on Indian legal education, legal profession and judicial training.
  • The journey of his life is published in autobiographical narrative ‘The Story of a Law Teacher: Turning Point’, besides publishing several books, articles and monographs on a variety of legal subjects.

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Shashi Kapoor’s Biography ‘Shashi Kapoor – the Householder, the Star’ released

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor’s autobiography titled ‘Shashi Kapoor – the Householder, the Star’ was released recently.

The biography has been authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra and with forword by Karan Johar. It unveils the chapters of actor’s personal and professional life.

About Shashi Kapoor

  • Born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Started acting in films as a child in late 1940s. Since then he has appeared in 160 movies altogether, 12 being in English and the rest in Hindi.
  • His Bollywood debut as a lead actor was in the film Dharmputra (1961). His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948), Awaara (1951) and Sangram (1950).
  • He is also best-known for his performances in Hindi films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Waqt’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Utsav’and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’.
  • He also acted in American and British films. They are The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970), Heat and Dust (1982), The Deceivers (1988), Side Streets (1998) etc.
  • Apart from acting in movies, he also had worked as a film director, assistant director and film producer.
  • Awards and Honours: For his contribution to cinema, he has been conferred many awards including National Film Award for Best actor for the film New Delhi Times (1986), National Film Award Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for Muhafiz (1993), National Film Award Best Feature Film in Hindi (as Producer) for Junoon (1979), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), Padma Bhushan (2011) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2014).

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