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Raju Srivastava passes away in Delhi at the age of 58.

  • Comedian Raju Srivastava has passed away in Delhi at the age of 58. On 10th August, he suffered a heart attack while exercising at the gym.
  • He died on 21st September morning. Hospital sources said the comedian passed away at 10:30 am.
  • He was said to be critical and on ventilator for more than a month. While he showed little improvement, Raju’s health took a turn for the worse earlier this week.
  • Srivastava appeared in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” (remake) & “Aamdani Athani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants of “Bigg Boss” season 3.
  • Srivastava, who has been in the entertainment industry since the 1980s, rose to fame in 2005 after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.

Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) dies after performing at Kolkata concert

Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) passed away on 31st May 2022 hours after a concert in Kolkata. His official Instagram page has footage of a concert in an auditorium in Kolkata about 10 hours ago.

Bollywood Singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK).

The 53-year-old singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) collapsed at the hotel where he was staying after a concert at Kolkata’s Nazrul Manch auditorium. The doctor at CMRI hospital said that, the singer was brought dead.

Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) was regarded one of the top Bollywood singers. KK sang in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi & Assamese.

Punjabi singer & Congress leader Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moose Wala was killed by gangsters on 29 May 2022.

Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moose Wala and the Congress leader was killed by gangsters in an attack near his ancestral village Jawaharke in district Mansa, Punjab on 29 May 2022. The incident happened within 24 hours after the Punjab government withdrew his security. More than 30 rounds of bullets were fired at the vehicle in which he was traveling. Police said Sidhu was hit by more than eight bullets and was taken to the Civil Hospital in Mansa where he died.

The 27 years old was on the radar of gangsters for a long time. 6 persons have been taken into custody allegedly in connection with the murder. Sidhu’s father has sought handing over of the probe to the CBI or the NIA through a sitting judge of the High Court. Also demanded to fix the responsibility of the officials who leaked the letter to withdraw the security.

World Art Day 2022 : 15th April

World Art Day is observed every year on 15th April globally. This day is being celebrated all over world to emphasize the importance of art that nurtures creativity, innovation & cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe. This day was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA), an NGO working in official partnership with UNESCO.

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History of the World Art Day :

The first celebration of World Art Day was held on 15 April, 2012. The date has been selected in honour of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous painter of Mona Lisa.

In order to honour Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, World Art Day is celebrated. As per International Association of Art (IAA), Leonardo da Vinci was considered the symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, & brotherhood.

Grammys 2022: Two Indian artists won the Prestigious Award

Falguni Shah wins : Grammy 2022

Indian-American singer Falguni Shah, known as Falu wins Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album Grammy 2022 for “A Colourful World”.

Falguni Shah is the only Indian-origin woman to have been nominated twice at the Grammys in the Best Children’s Music Album category. Earlier, the New York singer was nominated for a Grammy in the same category for her 2018 album – Faalu Bazaar.

Ricky Kej wins : 2nd Grammy

Indian music composer Ricky Cage made headlines by winning the coveted music award for best new era album ‘Divine Tides’ along with rock-legend Stewart Copeland (The Police). This is Ricky Cage’s second Grammy – the first time he was awarded in 2015 for his album – ‘Winds of Sansar’.

Grammys 2022:

The 64th edition of Grammy Awards was held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially scheduled for January 31, the celebrations were postponed due to the surge of Omicron variants of COVID-19.

The Kashmir Files : A Hindi film on exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during 1989–1990

The Kashmir Files is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language drama film. written & directed by Vivek Agnihotri. Produced by Zee Studios, the film claims to be based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during the Kashmir Insurgency in 1989–1990. It stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Pallavi Joshi & Mithun Chakraborty. This film was theatrically released on 11 March 2022.

The film was a box office success, but received mixed critical reception. The cinematography and performances of the cast (especially Anupam Kher) have been pitched as compelling. But the film has faced allegations of campaigning with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the purpose of promoting prejudice against Muslims. The film was supported, publicized and granted tax-free status in several states by the BJP.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Maru Utsav) in Pokhran, Rajasthan

  • The world famous Jaisalmer Desert Festival, also known as Maru Utsav, began on 13 February 2022 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
  • The four-day festival began with a procession in Pokhran where the uniqueness of Maru or desert culture and tradition was presented through various tableaux.
  • Camel Polo match will be the center of attraction on 15th February.
  • BSF Camel Tattoo Show will also be organized in Maru Utsav.
  • Maru Utsav will be celebrated from 13 to 16 February 2022.

Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar passed away

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on 6 February 2022. She was popularly known as the Melody Queen was 92.

Government has announced a two-day national mourning in memory of Lata Mangeshkar, legendary singer, who received the Bharat Ratna, in 2001. As a mark of respect, the national flag will fly at half-mast for 2 days.

  • Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28 September 1929, to a Marathi & Konkani musician Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. Originally named Hema, she was the eldest of 5 siblings, including veteran singer Asha Bhosle. Her father Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a classical singer & theatre actor.
  • Lata Mangeshkar recorded her 1st playback song in a Marathi film, Kiti Hasaal, at the age of 13 and even acted in a Marathi film, Pahili Mangalagaur in year 1942. In year 1946, she recorded her 1st Hindi film playback song for Aap Ki Seva Mein, directed by Vasant Jogalekar.
  • In 1972, Lata Mangeshkar won the first National Award for Best Female Playback Singer for film Parichay.
  • Over the years, the veteran singer won numerous national & international awards including the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honour, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, 3 National Film Awards, 4 Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award & many more.

216-feet tall ‘Statue of Equality’ commemorating Sri Ramanujacharya

  • On 5 Feb 2022, PM, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the ‘Statue of Equality’ in Hyderabad. 
  • The 216 feet tall Statue of Equality is built in the memory of the 11th century Bhakti saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of ​​equality in all aspects of life including faith, caste and creed. Governor Telangana Smt. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy were also present on the occasion.
  • Sri Ramanujacharya worked tirelessly for upliftment of people with the spirit of every human being equal regardless of nationality, gender, race, caste or creed.
  • The inauguration of Statue of Equality is a part of the 12 day Sri Ramanuja Millennium Celebrations the ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramanujacharya.

Emperor of Kathak dance, dance artist “Pandit Birju Maharaj” passes away

Famous Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj died on 17 Jan 2022 at the age of 83 due to heart attack.

  • He was born on 4 Feb 1938 in Lucknow.
  • The artistic personality of Pandit Birju Maharaj has been such, which is considered to be beyond logic. He was a guru, dancer, choreographer, singer & composer. They used to play percussion.
  • Birju Maharaj, who was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1983, also choreographed dance in many Bollywood films, including films like Umrao Jaan, Dedh Ishqiyaan, Bajirao Mastani.
  • Apart from Padma Vibhushan – he has also received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award & Kalidas Samman
  • In 2012, he was awarded National Film Award for his choreography in the film Vishwaroopam.