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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 title

India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home coveted title in the year 2000.

The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China. Miss England Stephanie Hill was first runner up and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was second runner up. Around 108 women from across world participated in 2017 beauty pageant.

Ms Chhillar is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (1994), Diana Haydon (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000).

Manushi Chhillar

Manushi Chhillar was born on 14 May 1997. She had studied at St. Thomas’ School in New Delhi and is pursuing a medical degree at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat. She is trained Kuchipudi dancer, and has trained under legendary dancers Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. She has also attended National School of Drama. She had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May 2017.


Javed Akhtar awarded 2017 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar (72) was honoured with the 2017 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award at event in Mumbai which marked 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar and 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts.

Javed Akhtar

He was born on 17 January 1945. He is poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed between 1971 and 1982. The duo had worked together in 24 films including two Kannada films of which 20 were hits. He is recipient of Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. He was nominated as Rajya Sabha member in November 2009

Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

The award was established in 2011 by Mumbai-based socio-cultural organisation Hridayesh Art in honour of music composer and singer Hridaynath Mangeskar. It felicitates and recognises successful individuals across country from various walks of life. It carries monetary award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.

The previous recipients of the award include eminent personalities like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, A R Rahman. The 2016 award was awarded to five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand. Hridaynath Mangeskar is son of renowned musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and is younger brother of Indian music legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.