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Amitabh Bachchan Completes 50 Breathtaking Years In Hindi Cinema

Saat Hindustani, the first movie of the phenomenon popularly known as Big B, was released on Nov 7, 1969.



BHARAT: Amitabh Harivanshrai Bachchan, poora naam, completed 50 years in the Indian film industry today, November 7, 2019. On this day in 1969, the world had first had a glimpse of the phenomenon-to-be in the film Saat Hindustani, a film about seven freedom fighters fighting for Goa’s emancipation from the Portuguese. Marking the day, his son Abhishek Bachchan took to Instagram to pay homage to the legendary film personality:

UNFORTUNATELY, Amitabh, even as he continues to juggle several work commitments, has also had some health concerns recently. In his latest blog post, the actor went on to share how he is being treated by doctors. Calling them “messengers from heaven”, he wrote:

The tunnel at the NSSH (Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai) .. indeed several tunnels and some more probing with the meter in hand that sonographs .. a few on the side injectables .. at various locations on this mine field of a body .. some venus strips punctured and the fluids dripped in .. a few hard core instructions to follow .. and back to the grind, despite the stethoscope dressed messengers from heaven giving strong warnings of work cut off .. or else.”

Apparently, Amitabh had reportedly spent a few days at a Mumbai hospital around his birthday last month. While reports suggested he underwent regular medical checkups, the actor had himself requested the media and his fans to respect his privacy. He later cancelled a commitment in Dubai given his health status.

The 77-year-old star was announced as the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, Indian cinema’s highest honour for an artiste, in October this year.

Moses Sapir from Israel, perhaps one of the legendary actor’s biggest admirers from across the globe was one of the early ones to congratulate him on the day:

There are, of course, milions and millions of such fans across the globe. Fans like these:

Amitabh Bachchan (Filmography) was last seen in the South multi-starrer Sye Ra Narasimha Reddy, also starring Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vijay Sethupathi, Sudeep and many more.

He will be next seen in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo with Ayushmann Khurrana. He will also be appearing in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Mouni Roy. Apart from this, he has Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund with Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar and Rumi Jaffery’s Chehre with Emraan Hashmi and Kriti Kharbanda, which will also be produced by him. The films are slated to release in 2020.

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Renowned Cartoonist Sudhir Dar Dies At 87

Dar steered clear of satirising political developments and, especially, politicians.



NEW DELHI: Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar whose works graced several newspapers in a career spanning 58 years, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 87.

Dhar began his career with The Statesman in 1961 after which he moved to Hindustan Times. His cartoons have also appeared in The Independent, The Pioneer, Delhi Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review among others.

Dar, a Kashmiri Pandit, was born in Allahabad in 1932 and he earned a Master’s in Geography from the University of Allahabad.

Even though his sketches were political in nature, Dar steered clear of satirising political developments and, especially, politicians. He was more focused on the state of affairs, bureaucracy, and corruption in India. In 2000, Dar retired to continue working as a freelancer.

He also illustrated his father Krishna Prasad Dar’s book, Kashmiri Cooking. Jayant Narlikar’s Journey Through the Universe also carried his cartoons.

Lately, he used to share cartoons from his popular columns such as Out of My Mind, Out of My Mind Again, This is It!, The Best of This is It! on his Twitter account.

A global celebrity in his own right, his popularity could be gauged from the fact that the Queen of England, British actor Richard Attenborough, Yehudi Menuhin and other celebrities around the world own his originals.

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National School Of Drama’s 11th Bal Sangam To Begin On November 9

The festival will showcase folk and traditional performing Arts & folk Theatre from 12 states of India dedicated to children.



NEW DELHI: National School of Drama, one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India today announced the commencement of its much-awaited 11th edition of Bal Sangam from November 9-12, 2019, in its premises.

The 11th edition of the festival will showcase folk and traditional performing Arts & folk Theatre from 12 states of India dedicated to children.

Bal Sangam, an outreach programme of Sanskaar Rang Toli (Theatre-in-Education Company), in every alternate year brings forth both the heritage and legacy of traditional art forms and performances that are presented by children belonging to traditional performing families, Guru Paramparas, and institutions across the country.

The four-day cultural Mela will begin on November 9 with an inaugural performance ‘Rangoli’ by folk and traditional child artistes of India, choreographed by renowned choreographer Bharat Sharma, who has an illustrious career spanning over three decades.

The Festival also includes folk dance, martial arts, acrobatics, street play performances and also acts like juggling, puppetry and magic shows.

To encourage eagerness in children for traditional performances, states like Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerela, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh will bring to the fore the magic of folk performances and plays so that Indian cultural heritage will be preserved in this rapidly changing world.

Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, National School of Drama said, “The festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms that are presented by children. We are proud that the TIE Company has been working hard to make children know about their own culture, traditions and values,”

Highlighting the importance of theatre and folk performances, Suresh Sharma, Director-in charge, National School of Drama said “Theatre and folk performances are a great learning medium for exploring and sensitizing children towards issues. Such activities and festivals are a wonderful platform to not just perform, but learn, travel, and share. NSD believes that theatre makes a person sensitive towards issues and an active participant of society as it boosts powers of communication. Theatre brings in all these qualities and if children are introduced to this wonderful, they become better human beings”.

Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, said, “Bal Sangam is a confluence of folk and traditional art forms performed by children. When the child artistes imbibe these folk and traditional art forms with the mastery of their art and their innocence then the performance becomes magic.”

NSD authorities will be making special arrangements through various NGOs working with underprivileged children and social organisations, to reach out and invite children from not so privileged class so as to give them the due privilege to experience and be enriched by this long-awaited festival of National School of Drama for children.

There will also be various types of art and craft workshops during the festival from November 9-12.

Sanskaar Rang Toli (T.I.E. Co.) of NSD was established on October 16, 1989, and completed 30 years of its existence. Sanskaar Rang Toli is the only theatre education resource centers in the country and has worked with around 20 thousand children till date in various workshops. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children.

The major focus of the TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum-based and participatory plays in schools, specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups.

The TIE Company has done more than 2000 performances in various parts of the country. More than 10 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays in approximately all the states in the country as well as internationally such as Poland, China, Philippines and Japan.

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Rajinikanth To Receive Special Icon Award At Goa IFFI 2019

The award will be presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.



NEW DELHI: Actor Rajinikanth will receive the Special Icon award at the Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa this month. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced this in New Delhi today.

Javadekar said that the award will be presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades.

The Minister also announced that Life Time Achievement Award for a Foreign Artiste will be conferred on French Actress Isabelle Hupert.

He said, during the 50th International Film Festival in Goa, 50 films of women directors will be showcased.

Javadekar said that among the 200 Foreign films for IFFI, 24 Films are in the race for Oscar nominations.

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