Monthly Archives: September 2016

200 new theatres for alternative cinema on the anvil, says Kamal

Kochi, KERALA :

Former MP Sebastian Paul presenting the first copy of SiGNS festival book to actor Sajitha Madathil during the inaugural function of SiGNS 2016 in Kochi on Wednesday.— PHOTO: by special arrangement
Former MP Sebastian Paul presenting the first copy of SiGNS festival book to actor Sajitha Madathil during the inaugural function of SiGNS 2016 in Kochi on Wednesday.— PHOTO: by special arrangement

SiGNS short film and documentary festival opensin city

Kerala Chalachithra Academy Chairman Kamal has said the government was considering setting up, over a period of five years, nearly 200 new cinema halls across villages in the State for screening alternative, parallel, and art house films of note in Malayalam.

“This is something the Minister himself has mentioned, as a means to take good cinema to the interiors. Besides, film societies continue to be relevant in their mission to bring closer to cinema the section of people who are staying aloof,” he said while inaugurating the SiGNS short film and documentary festival organised by the Kerala chapter of the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI-K) and Kochi Biennale Foundation here on Wednesday. As part of measures to promote Malabar region, the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), routinely held in Thiruvananthapuram, will be shifted to Kozhikode next year.

Mr. Kamal outlined the course of the film societies movement in the State and said the movement had hit the doldrums in the early 1990s, and the social situation then had created a breed of apolitical, direction-less youth.

“But there was a revival of the movement in the mid-2000s. While the old generation still nurses the hardship they had undergone in the celluloid era, the digital film age averted the need for collectivity, as anyone with a mobile cam can make and watch films.”

source: http:/ / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Kochi / by Special Correspondent / Kochi – September 29th, 2016

India-Africa ties mutually beneficial: Ansari


Lagos, Nigeria :

Mohammad Hamid Ansari (PIB)
Mohammad Hamid Ansari (PIB)

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday said a shared struggle against colonial rule provides the foundations of India-Africa partnership and “mutually beneficial engagement” will take the relationship to a “strategic level”.

Addressing students and faculty members of the University of Lagos here, Ansari said India, the largest democracy in the world, rejoices at the gains made by Nigerian democracy, the largest democracy in Africa, in the past 18 years.

“Our shared struggle against the colonial rule provides the foundations of India-Africa partnership. This mutually beneficial engagement continues to inspire and strengthen as we embark on elevating this partnership to a strategic level for the benefit the peoples of Africa and India,” he said.

Saying that each country and people shape their destiny in their own unique way, informed by their own historical experience and their own genius, the Vice President said independent India is a faithful reflection of the legacy of its national movement.

“The image of the modern Indian nation and the values that shape and continue inform it today, were cast in the crucible of our struggle for independence from colonial rule or what we now call the Indian National Movement. Much of the gain from the movement is enshrined in our Constitution and continues to enlighten the political and judicial discourse in India,” he said.

Elaborating how Indian national movement was more than a struggle for independence, the Indian leader said that it was an exercise in building a nation.

“It was not just a movement to replace a colonial regime and deliver political power to Indians but was aimed at using that power to secure social and economic justice, and dignity, for every Indian,” he said.

He said the Indian national movement is also an example of how the constitutional space offered by the existing structure could be used without getting co-opted by it. It did not completely reject this space – but entered and used it effectively in combination with political mobilization to overthrow the existing structure.

“The movement is perhaps one of the best examples of the creation of an extremely wide movement with a common aim in which diverse political and ideological currents could co-exist and work, and simultaneously continue to contend for overall ideological and political hegemony over it,” he added.

source The Statesman / Home> India /  IANS / Lagos, Nigeria / September 30th, 2016





Noted physician and nephrologist Dr SNA RIZVI has been conferred the DRA Distinguished Service Award for the year 2003 by Delhi Rheumatology Association of India. The award has been conferred on Dr Rizvi in recognition of his contributions in the field of Rheumatology. Born in 1935 in Amroha, Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Rizvi obtained his MBBS and MD degrees with gold medals from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Later he served the college for 30 years and retired in 1997 as Director, Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine and Nephrology. Dr Rizvi is the recipient of 24 Gold Medals and 10 Honorary Fellowships besides wining 13 national and international awards. At present he is a Senior Consultant Physician Nephrologist at Apollo Hospitals and Sanjeevan Medical Research Centre.

MUHAMMAD ADNAN HASHMI, a class XI student of Iltifat Rasool Intermediate College, Sandela, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh has been given Presidential Medal. Hashmi was earlier given a medal by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Besides studying, Adnan Hashmi has made public service his motto in life. Congratulations Adnan!
Senior journalist SAEED NAQVI was conferred the National Integration Award 2003, instituted by the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi on December 18. The award was conferred on Naqvi for his outstanding contribution towards promoting communal harmony and national integrity. The function, which also marked the Minorities Rights Day, was attended by Tarlochan Singh, chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Dr MS Usmani, vice-chairman of NCM, MP and Journalist Kuldip Nayar and others. A seminar on how to improve communal harmony was also organised on this occasion.

MUHAMMAD KHALIL, editor of Science Ki Duniya (Urdu) has been presented Sir Syed National Award, Iswa Honour of Science Society for his services to science and literature and Whitkar Science Award for popular scientific literature. These awards have been conferred on Khalil for his outstanding services to scientific literature. Earlier too he has been conferred awards on national and international levels. An Urdu science magazine, Science Ki Dunya is being published under National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources for the last 27 years.

The 15th annual award distribution function of Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar Academy was held at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi on December 10. Chief guest, former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Hamid Ansari presented the Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar Awards 2003. Recipients of the awards includedMAUALANA AHMAD MUSTAFA SIDDIQUI RAHI (Urdu journalism), KAMAL YUSUF MALIK, Uttar Pradesh state minister (national politics), RAJA SYED MUZAFFAR ALI, filmmaker (academic services), DR GHULAM NABI WANI (social services) and DR VIBHUTI NARAIN RAI, IG (social services). Speakers shed light on different aspects of Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar’s life. A souvenir of the Academy was released by MP, Shahid Siddiqui.

source: / The Milli Gazette / Home / January 01-15, 2004

Player Biography : Shabbir Ali – Only footballer to win Dhyan Chand award




We all know the saying ‘Hard work always pays’. However, very few Indian footballers embody the statement as well as Shabbir Ali. Shabbir Ali had a fantastic career, both as a footballer and a coach, however, for a long time, neither his achievements were rewarded suitably (in form of prestigious awards)  nor was he media hyped. But then, ‘Hard work always pays’, maybe a little late! Shabbir Ali never gave up, he kept up his good work as a coach, and eventually in 2011 he won the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award, India’s highest lifetime achievement award in sports and games. He has the distinction of being the only footballer till now to receive this award.

Let’s take a look at the life and achievements of one of the most successful strikers and coach in Indian football history.

Early Life and youth career:

Shabbir Ali spent his childhood days in Hyderabad. Unlike now, those days Hyderabad used to have a good ‘football culture’. Shabbir Ali was from a ‘non-sports’ background and thus initially his dreams of being a footballer were not encouraged by his family. He kept working hard and his dreams later found acceptance and encouragement in his family. He started his journey from Abbas Union FC, Darushifa, Hyderabad, a club where he is currently the president. His club debut came when he was only 10! He then represented his school teams, Aliya High School (1967-68) and City High School (1969), in Subroto Cup which is India’s most important inter school football tournament. His talent was soon spotted and he was quickly drafted in the Indian youth squad. In 1974, he captained Indian team in the Asian youth u19 cup. His 5 goals in the tournament (out of 9 from Indian team), helped India to emerge as the joint winners along with Iran. This win probably remains India’s last trophy in a tournament of such a scale at Asian level.

Senior National team and club career:

With Federation Cup (1983)
With Federation Cup (1983)

Shabbir Ali played for couple of more clubs in Andhra Pradesh and then moved to Bombay (now called Mumbai) in the early 70s. In Bombay, he joined Tata Sports Club, one of the top clubs in Bombay those days. He played there for 5 years and during this time he got selected for Indian senior team in 1974. From Bombay, he next came to Calcutta (now called Kolkata) where he joined East Bengal. However, most of his success came when he joined Mohammedan Sporting Club, where he spent 7 years in the 80s. In fact, Mohammedan SC enjoyed one of their most successful phases during this period. During his captaincy, in 1983-84, the club won 9 trophies including back to back wins in Federation Cup. Later in his playing days, he also went to Bangladesh to play for Dhaka Victoria Sports, where he stayed for a short while.

Shabbir Ali represented Indian team till 1984, where he played about 100 matches and scored around 35 goals. He has the distinction of scoring the fastest hat-trick by an Indian, when he scored 3 times within 30 minutes against Indonesia in 1976 Merdeka Cup. He had captained India few times in early 80s. He has also represented 3 states – Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

Although Shabbir Ali’s achievement speaks volumes about his prowess as a player, strangely he never received the Arjuna award although he was nominated thrice.

Coaching Career

Shabbir Ali remains one of the few footballers who had tasted success both as a player and a coach. He got his Diploma in football coaching from SAL in 1988-89 and then got Trainer B License from German FA (1990). He also was Jozsef Gelei’s assistant coach for a month, who was the Indian national team coach during 1990-91. His coaching career started with a bang! With Mohammedan SC (1990-91), he won many trophies – Bordoloi Trophy, Kalinga Cup, Nagjee Trophy & Stafford Cup. Furthermore, they were runners-up in Rovers Cup and Governor’s Cup. In their course to glory, they defeated teams like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Abhani (Bangladesh), India u-23 team. Eventually, Mohammedan SC became the ‘champion club of India’ in that season (Those days, this was decided by total points collected from various tournaments won). Then he went on to coach other Calcutta clubs – Rajasthan Club and Peerless SC. Under his guidance, Peerless SC qualified from “A” Group to “Super Division” in IFA league 1993-94. In 1995-96, he held the post of Indian National Team’s Technical director during which India won the gold medal in SAF championship after a gap of 3 years. One of his biggest achievements came when he coached Goa club, Salgaocar. During his reign, Salgaocar won the National Football League (1998-99) becoming the first club from Goa to do so. They followed the NFL victory with winning the Rovers Cup, Durand Cup (first Goan team to do so) and Super Cup. In the same year, he was appointed as Goa’s Santosh trophy coach where they emerged as the Runners-up. In 2000-01, he coached Mahindra United, where he won the Mumbai League and were runners-up in Durand cup. In 2001-02, he came back to Kolkata to coach relatively smaller club Bharati Sangha, who came 3rd in the IFA league. From then he has coached many clubs like – Fransa-Pax FC, Churchill Brothers, ITI, and had another stint with Salgaocar and Mohammedan SC.  Among these his most notable achievements are – promoting Fransa-Pax FC and Mohammedan SC to National Football League (Now called I league) from 2nd Division. Still he has limited success during this phase, changing clubs bit too frequently. However, glory days returned for Shabbir Ali when he guided Bengal team to Santosh trophy victory in 2010. The victory was special because the trophy came to Bengal after a long wait of 11 years. He proved his consistency by defending the title successfully in 2011.

Santosh Trophy (2011)
Santosh Trophy (2011)

Innovations as a coach

Very early in his coaching career, during his Mohammedan SC days he experimented with the 3-5-2 formation. This formation was not played by Indian coaches those days. Shabbir Ali was exposed to this system when he was assisting Jozsef Gelei. He also used this system while coaching Peerless SC (1993-94) & Mahindra United (2000-01). This system was most successful with Salgaocar when they won NFL, Rovers Cup, Durand Cup and Super Cup (Twice). He was not afraid of experimentation. During his Salgaocar days, he used Augustine Rodrigues, a striker, as an overlapping right winger/back (in the 3-5-2 system). Augustine did well, scored a few goals and had a fantastic season. However, like any good coach, Shabbir Ali is not stuck to a rigid system. During his back to back Santosh trophy wins with Bengal team, he used the more conventional 4-4-2 system.

Football Analyst

Shabbir Ali has been roped in by many sports channels as a football analyst. He has covered FIFA World Cup 2006, 2010; European Championships, I league, Federation Cup, Indian team friendlies for channels like ESPN, Star Sports, Ten Sports, Zee Sports, DD Sports and many more national and local channels. In 1994, he was selected by West Bengal govt. to observe the World Cup in USA.

Setbacks and overcoming them



Every sportsman suffers setbacks, but what sets apart men from the boys is their ability to overcome them. Shabbir Ali belongs to that league. When he first moved to Calcutta to join East Bengal, he got caught in club transfer issues and was not allowed to play. Many others players also faced the same and left Calcutta, however, Shabbir Ali stayed back. He kept practicing, worked in a bank, and proved himself later whenever he got chance to play. When he was playing for India and scored hat-trick against Indonesia (in Kuala Lumpur) within 35 minutes, he was surprisingly taken off after the half time. It was rumored that it was not coach’s decision but the instruction came from embassy! Again, when all Indian captains were invited to Durand Cup’s 100 yrs (1988) or in Nehru Cup (1989), he was ignored although he has also led India few times. All these didn’t turn him away from serving Indian football.

During his coaching career, after he had a dream season with Mohammedan SC (1990-91), he was sacked from the position by the club authorities in 1991, a month before his contact has finished. However, he continued his rise as a coach, first by coaching smaller clubs and then clubs in NFL, eventually giving Goa club Salgaocar its first NFL win. During 2003-05, he had to changed clubs thrice, Fransa-Pax FC, Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar. In Fransa, he run into trouble with the management and staff; then in Churchill, the team’s performance was poor and his wife was seriously ill, he decided to resign from his position. His resignation brought criticisms about him being unprofessional and leaving a club in mid-season. However, he had left the club only after ensuring that they have back backup coach. His second stint with Salgaocar was also not fruitful. His later stint with Mohammedan SC also was bitter with problems with the management and eventual relegation of the club. This was a phase when Shabbir Ali – the coach, was written off. When he became Bengal’s coach, not much was expected from him. But like a true hero, he overcame all the odds and ended Bengal’s Santosh trophy drought.

It was the same story for the awards too. His records speak for themselves but still he never got Arjuna award, although he was nominated thrice. He was also nominated for Dhyan Chand award before, eventually he got it in 2011.

Receiving Dhyan Chand Award (2011)
Receiving Dhyan Chand Award (2011)

Football lovers will hope to see more from him, although he has nothing more to prove. He has been a top striker for India & his clubs and now he continues to serve Indian football as respected coach and football analyst.

source: / / Home> National Team> Player Biography: Shabbir Ali / by Rudra Nayan Das / November 29th, 2011

Hameed wins title in Thailand


Earlier, Shaik edged Joshua Chow of HongKong in the first all-lefty semi-final, 231-218 to advance to the finals.

Debutant Shaik Abdul Hameed became India’s first-ever title winner at the Asian-level as he captured the Asian Bowling Federation’s Thailand tour event. Shaik defeated Mahmood Al Attar of UAE 242-183 in the final

Both the men’s title contenders had an opened frame each in frame two, but Shaik rolled three consecutive strikes to take a slender lead of 9 pins when Mahmood came back in the fifth and sixth frames. The Indian, however, rolled another three consecutive strikes from frame seven onwards while Mahmood’s form tapered off. Shaik went on to strike out for a comfortable victory over Mahmood. Earlier, Shaik edged Joshua Chow of HongKong in the first all-lefty semi-final, 231-218 to advance to the finals.

Shaik won India’s first-ever medal in the sport during the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship 2002 in which he won gold medals in Singles and Masters and a silver medal in All Events.
(Express News Service)

source: /  Indian Express / Home> ieSports> Sports Others / by Express News Service / New Delhi / April 20th, 2014

Experts make ‘Gaadhis’, ‘Namdhas’ for Dasara Elephants to look Majestic



by M.T. Yogesh Kumar

As the city is being spruced up for it to sport a bridal look, inside the Palace too, hectic activities have begun to get the elephants ready for the Vijayadashami grand finale. The main attractions on the last day of the festival are the 12 elephants with Arjuna, carrying the Golden Howdah (Ambari), being the cynosure of all eyes.

Special care is taken by the team of Forest Department officials, mahouts and kavadis to ensure that the elephants are fed well and trained so that they can gain enough weight enabling them to stay composed amidst the cheering crowd at the Jumboo Savari. Care is also taken to decorate them with specially designed robes. Their trunks are painted and metal ornaments with hangings are fixed into their tusks.

Among the specialised team is Pasha and Zakaulla, the two mahouts who have retired from service and who are experts in creating the ‘Gaadhi’ or the cushion and ‘Namdha’ or ‘Gouse’, a robe for the elephants. While the ‘Gaadhi’ is tied to the elephant’s back, a ‘Namdha’ covers the elephant skin and looks like a jacket. The ‘Gaadhi’ and ‘Namdha’ are newly made every year.

Explaining the ‘Gaadhi’, Pasha and Zakaulla say that it makes the uneven surface of the elephant plain and look good when the “Namdha” is spread on the elephant. Each ‘Gaadhi’ has a girth of 1.5 ft and the length depends on the size of the elephant.

While Arjuna, the Howdah Elephant’s ‘Gaadhi’ will weigh 500 to 800 kilograms, the ‘Gaadhi’ made for other elephants weigh 250 to 300 kgs. This is because Arjuna has to carry the 750-kg Golden Howdah with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari placed inside. The combined weight of the ‘Gaadhi’ and Ambari is around 1,100 to 1,200 kgs.

A special grass that is grown abundantly on lake and river side is used to make the ‘Gaadhi.’ Locally the grass is called ‘Odake Hullu’ that turns soft when dry. The grass is bundled and filled into a soft but sturdy square shaped cloth specially stitched for the purpose. Along with this grass, dry paddy grass is also used to fill the edges.

“The proportion is important to give a soft and sturdy feel,” say the mahouts. Once the grass is filled, the ‘Gaadhi’ is stitched after covering it with jute gunny bags.

“When I was the mahout before 2006, I used to observe people making the ‘Gaadhis’ and ‘Namdhas’ and slowly I learnt the tricks of the trade. I retired in 2006 and since then I am doing this job every year,” says Pasha.

Pasha and Zakaulla have been a part of the festival and have stitched many ‘Gaadhis’ and ‘Namdhas’ for many elephants in the past. The Forest Department officials too have reposed their trust in their skills and summon them every year for the job. While Pasha is the resident of Gandhinagar in Mysuru, Zakaulla is from Gundlupet.

“I have been the mahout for elephants including Radhika, Jayaprakash, Ramani and Chandrika. I retired 10 years ago and I am happy to serve the Naada Habba. I am willing to teach other mahouts on the making of these specialised equipment,” says Zakaulla.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / September 26th, 2016