Monthly Archives: October 2016

Collector turns teacher

Karimnagar , TELANGANA :

Reaching out:Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed teaching at Government Social Welfare Residential School at Jammikunta in Karimnagar district on Friday.- Photo: By Arrangement
Reaching out:Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed teaching at Government Social Welfare Residential School at Jammikunta in Karimnagar district on Friday.- Photo: By Arrangement

Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed donned the role of a teacher and taught lessons to the students of Government Social Welfare Residential School at Jammikunta in Karimnagar district.

He made a surprise visit to the school, SC boys hostel and BC boys hostel at Jammikunta on Friday. He inspected the records, kitchen, toilets and other rooms on the occasion.

At the Social Welfare Residential School, he made the students read out some lessons. But when they couldn’t read well, he expressed ire against the staff and asked them to conduct the classes properly.

When students informed that they were not given egg in the last one week, the Collector directed the Jammikunta revenue officials for seizure of all stocks and conduct a thorough inquiry and submit a report to him at the earliest.

The Collector expressed displeasure over 12 inmates of the SC hostel not attending classes even after completion of Dasara holidays.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ahmed made a surprise visit to the Jammikunta agricultural market yard and inquired about the procurement of cotton.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Telangana /  by Special Correspondent / Karimnagar – October 29th, 2016

With a rare mehr, this Kerala bride has broken stereotypes

Mallappuram , KERALA  :

A Malayali Muslim bride demanded 50 books as part of a custom in Muslim weddings, only that the custom has mostly seen woman’s family demanding gold or money.

This Malayali Muslim bride decided to break stereotypes, the religious way, on the day of her marriage! (Source: Sahla Nechiyil)
This Malayali Muslim bride decided to break stereotypes, the religious way, on the day of her marriage! (Source: Sahla Nechiyil)

How often do you see a woman demand books as mehr, and not the customary jewellery or gold. In Kerala’s Malappuram district, a woman set an example for her community. A post graduate in political science from the Hyderabad University, Sahla Nechiyil never dreamt of a perfect, fairytale wedding. But when she decided to get married, she also sent across a social message to the “gold-obsessed” Muslims in Malappuram.

Nechiyil decided to demand 50 books from her fiancé as mehr, a mandatory payment in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to be paid by the groom to the bride at the time of marriage. She asked for books as mehr because of two reasons. “One, because according to the religious texts, a girl can demand anything she wants and the groom cannot disagree. And second, because I wanted to show the Malappuram Muslims that a wedding can take place without obsessing over the amount of gold transacted between both parties,” she said.

(Source: Sahla Nechiyil)
(Source: Sahla Nechiyil)

Her husband (they got married on August 11) cannot agree more with Sahla and supported her stand wholeheartedly. “Mehr is the right of the woman, not the generosity of the man,” he said. Anees Nadodi  was promptly handed a list of 50 books by Nechiyil, and he went all the way to Bangalore to find all the books that she wanted. All this amidst much disapproval from both the families. In Nechiyil’s case, however, more than her parents, her relatives disagreed. “They could not argue for long, because we were not doing anything against the religious texts,” said Nechiyil.

source: / The Indian Express / Home> Lifestyle> Life-Style / by Soumya Mathew / New Delhi / October 29th, 2016

Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum dies at 80



Begum, who gave scores of Hindi film songs and ghazals, mainly between 1950s and 70s, was not keeping well for the last few years.

Legendary singer Mubarak Begum, best known for crooning the title track of 1961 romantic-drama

Hamari Yaad Aayegi, has passed away after prolonged illness.

She was 80.

She died on Monday at her residence in suburban Jogeshwari here.

“Mubarak Begum is no more with us. She passed away at 9.30 pm at her residence in Jogeshwari. She was unwell from quite sometime,” a family member told PTI.

Begum, who gave scores of Hindi film songs and ghazals, mainly between the 1950s and 70s, had not been keeping well for the last few years.

She made her Bollywood singing debut with 1949 film Aiye in which she had a solo track, Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai Aaja Aaja, and Aao Chale Sakhi Wahan with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, Begum worked with the best music directors in the film industry — S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam— on movies that starred screen legends like Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar.

She sang Woh Na Aayenge Palat Kar in Bimal Roy’s Devdas with music by Burman. Roy used her voice once again in Madhumati (1958), where she sang Hum Haal E Dil Sunaenge for music composer Salil Choudhury.

Kabhi Tanhaiyon Mein Hamari Yaad Aayegi, the title song of Tanuja-starrer Hamari Yaad Aayegi, remains one of Begum’s most remembered tracks.

Neend Ud Jaaye Teri, Mujh ko Apne Gale Lagalo and Humein Dum Daike with Asha Bhosle are among her other known songs.

Saanwariya Teri Yaad Mein from 1980 comedy Ramu To Diwana Hai was one of her last tracks.

In 2011, the Maharashtra government had sanctioned financial aid of one lakh for treatment of the singer.

Her last rites will take place on Tuesday, family sources said.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Cinema / PTI / Mumbai – July 19th, 2016

Rani Chennamma Award for 16 women


ACHIEVERS:Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and his wife, Datty, sharing a light moment with winners of the Kittur Rani Chennamma Award in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
ACHIEVERS:Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and his wife, Datty, sharing a light moment with winners of the Kittur Rani Chennamma Award in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Thursday presented the Kittur Rani Chennamma and other awards instituted by the Women and Child Development Department to six women organisations and 16 women for their achievements in different fields of women development on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Adarsha Stree Shakti group of Mysore, adjudged as the best got Rs. 50,000 cash prize, a rolling shield and award. Nandini Stree Shakti Group of Davangere and Yashasvini Stree Shakti Group of Kolar were given Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 25,000 cash prizes respectively.

The organisations honoured with Rs. 25,000 cash prize each for their role in the development of women are: CICOPA, Bangalore; Paripoorna Grameenabhivrudhi Mahila Seva Samsthe, Dharwad; Yashasvini Mahila Mandali, Kolar; Basaveshwara Vidya Samsthe, Chitrudurga; Krishi and Grameena Yuvajana Abhivrudhi Samsthe, Haveri; and Grameena Abhyudaya Seva Samsthe, Doddaballapur.

Leela Krishnamurthy and K.B. Sarvamangala Sastry of Bangalore, Kudikandi Kaveramma Somanna of Madikeri, Rekha Patil of Bijapur, Pushpa Ramachandra Pathar of Gadag, Annapoorna Nirvani of Belgaum, Nirmala Jodappa of Koppal in women development; Shilpa Nanjappa of Kodagu, A. Rukmini of Chamarajanaagar, Nagaratna Nagaraja Hadagali of Dharwad, Naseebanu Abdul Ghani of Bagalkot and Lakshmi Mahadeva of Belgaum in arts; Pramila Karnad of Mangalore and Vimala Inamdar of Koppal in literature; A. Shaheena of Bangalore and Vijayakumari of Hassan in sports were also honoured on the occasion.

Three district awards of Rs. 80,000, Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 60,000 were given to stree shakti okkoota of Sullia, Chikkanayakana Halli taluk stree shakti okkoota and Mysore taluk stree shakti okkoota, respectively.

Mothers-in-law plea

Karnataka Mothers-in-law Association president Shilaja Hiremath and general secretary Rani Nagaraj wanted to present a memorandum to the Chief Minister complaining of harassment by the daughters-in-law and their relatives misusing Section of 498 A of IPC. But, Mr. Gowda asked them to meet him in Vidhana Soudha to discuss the issue.

Addressing the gathering Mr. Gowda said that there was a need for ending female foeticide for maintaining the male-female ratio. He called upon women to strive for achieving self respect and expressed happiness over the achievement made by 1.40 lakh stree shakti self-help groups by saving Rs. 1,040 crore. His wife Datty Sadananda Gowda was also present.

The former Union Minister M.V. Rajasekharan gave away cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each to Bhoomika Stree Shakti group of Bangalore, Dyamavva SSG of Hassan, Maheswari SSG of Haveri, Jija Matha Mailara SSG of Bidar. He released a book-Yashodhara Gathe and Karnatakada Saadhakiyaru to mark the birth centenary of the former Minister Yashodharamma Dasappa. The State Planning Board Vice Chairman Ramachandra Gowda released Antarala Sanchike-7 book.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / March 09th, 2012

Shahryar (1936-2012): The poet who gave Umrao Jaan her voice


Akhlaq Mohammed Khan, better known as Shahryar, who breathed his last in Aligarh on Monday following a prolonged battle with cancer, straddled the worlds of pure and popular poetry with equal ease

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan, better known as Shahryar, who breathed his last in Aligarh on Monday following a prolonged battle with cancer, straddled the worlds of pure and popular poetry with equal ease. As a lyricist, he courted fame and riches with the unforgettable lyrics of Umrao Jaan. As a poet, he catered to connoisseurs of the Urdu language. He served both from his perch at Aligarh Muslim University, where he was a widely respected academic. He did not need to change his address to taste success in Hindi films as filmmakers approached him in Aligarh with their stories. A much sought after name in mushairas – poetic soirees – Shahryar was conferred the Jnanpith award in 2008 and the Sahitya Akademi Award for “Khwab ka Dar Band Hai”.

Shahryar got success on his own terms. Eminent filmmaker Yash Chopra offered him three films after Faasle. However, Shahryar turned down the proposal as he did not want to be reduced to a “song shop” ready with wares according to the demands of the consumer. He preferred leisure and solitude for his work, something he got in Aligarh. In his poetry, he preferred to talk of the pain of the deprived, the social concerns of the man on the street. The feeling came out most aptly in the ghazal, “Seene mein jalan aankhon mein toofan sa kyun hai” which became part of Muzaffar Ali’s film Gaman in 1978.

Ali and Shahryar were friends from the student days. It so happened that Ali was a painter and once Shahryar went to show him some of the ghazals he had composed. Later, when Ali became a filmmaker, he used them in Gaman. They again worked together in Umrao Jaan. Incidentally, Asha Bhonsle got the National Award for rendering the ghazal, “Dil cheez kya hai” in the film.

However, Shahryar almost did not become a poet. In his younger days, he wanted to be an athlete. His father wanted him to join the police. Shahryar, though, ran away from his home and honed his craft under the watchful eye of Khalil-ur Rehman. To earn a living, he ended up teaching Urdu fiction in AMU, from where he retired as chairman of the Department of Urdu. He never taught poetry in the university as he believed poetry could never be taught. His first poetry collection, Ism-e-Azam was released in 1965 and he used to co-edit a literary journal Sher-o-Hikmat. He also composed songs for Ali’s forthcoming project Noorjehan.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Arts / by Ziya Us Salam / New Delhi – February 14th, 2012

Bilal Nazki appointed chairperson of JKHRC

BIHAR / Srinagar (JAMMU & KASHMIR) :

Srinagar : (PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today appointed former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Bilal Nazki as the chairperson of the State Human Rights Comission.

“The Governor today appointed Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki as Chairperson and Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal, District and Session Judge (retired) as Member of the J-K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) with effect from the date they assume charge of their offices,” an official spokesman said.

Justice Nazki retired as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court in November 2009 and was later appointed as the chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Bihar.

He also headed the committee set up by the Centre to review the functioning of the Haj Committee of India and its state units in 2013.

While the SHRC was without a chairperson since 2011, it became non-functional since June 2014 after the last of its members completed their term.

source: / / Home> National / PTI / Srinagar – October 24th, 2016

Wahab Khan tomb in Kurnool to get a facelift

Kurnool, Vijayawada, ANDHRA PRADESH  :

HERITAGE WATCH: The Abdul Wahab Khan tomb in Kurnool. Photo: U. Subramanyam
HERITAGE WATCH: The Abdul Wahab Khan tomb in Kurnool. Photo: U. Subramanyam

The Archaeological Survey of India, which is protecting the monument, will carry out repairs to the 400-year-old structure in Kurnool

The mausoleum or tomb of Abdul Wahab Khan here is going to get a facelift soon. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which is protecting the monument has embarked upon the project to carry out repairs to the 400-year-old structure. The Union Tourism Department also announced a grant of Rs. 2 crore for the development of the tomb as tourist spot.

The magnificent structure stands on the bank of river Hundri near Osmania College.

The structure believed to have been constructed in 1618 after death of Abdul Wahab Khan, first nawab of Kurnool, comprises two domes, three verandahs, five arches and parapet walls. The workmanship which is intact four centuries after it was unveiled is much admired.

According to history, Abdul Wahab Khan, Governor of Bijapur Sultan laid siege to Kurnool Fort but failed in his first attempt.

Araviti Gopal Raju, last Kurnool king of Vijayanagara empire, was backed by his relations from Anegondi, Ghani, Own and Penugonda and repulsed the attack. However, when the Bijapur army struck second time, the Kurnool king was left alone and ultimately defeated.

In reward of his victory, the Bijapur Sultan declared Wahab Khan as Nawab of Kurnool. However, his dynasty was replaced by Dawood Khan Panni, representative of Aurangazeb, whose successors continued till the end of 1839 when the British defeated Gulam Rasool Khan.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Kurnool – July 02nd, 2013

Rummana Hussain, 47, Indian Conceptual Artist

Bengaluru, KARNATAKA / Mumbai, MAHARASHTRA :

Rummana Hussain, a painter and conceptual artist who was also active in Indian politics, died on July 5 at her home in Bombay. She was 47.

The cause was cancer, said the photographer Ram Rahman, a friend.

Ms. Hussain, who came from a prominent Muslim family in Bombay, was for much of her career a painter of allegorical figurative subjects. But political events in India, particularly the destruction of a mosque by Hindu militants in the city of Ayodhya in 1992 and the subsequent attacks on Muslims, spurred her into political action and changed the direction of her work.

She participated in demonstrations protesting both the Ayodhya incident and growing religious nationalism in India. She developed a photo-based feminist art that brought images of ruined architecture, land and the female body together in pointed combinations.

As an artist in residence at Art in General, an alternative space in Manhattan, she created a video-based installation last fall. Titled ”In Between,” the video combined images of Bombay with others of South Asian immigrant life in New York and alternated shots of the artist under treatment in a Manhattan hospital with others of her walking across the Queensboro Bridge wearing the tinkling ankle bells of an Indian classical dancer.

Ms. Hussain showed widely in India and in Europe

She is survived by her husband, Ishaat, and a daughter, Shazmin.

source: / The New York Times / Home> N.Y./ Region / by Holland Cotter / July 18th, 1999

Kurnool royal wedding comes to Dubai


Besides the groom dressed as a prince in a royal entourage, flanked by a column of soldiers and a set designed as a castle, the wedding will bring together celebrities from the UAE, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Some Indian ministers are also expected to attend this wedding of the daughter of Nawab Shahtaj Shaji Ul Mulk, founder and chairman of Sharjah-based Mulk Holdings.

A hall at the famous Atlantis hotel is being recreated into a mini palace for the main wedding event which is scheduled for January 4.

The groom, Bilal Muahid Khan, who has a degree in infrastructure engineering is settled in the US. He recently won an award for his design proposal of infrastructure study and solutions for the city of Charlotte. His father, Masood Nawaz Khan, is a cardiologist based in Charlotte.

The Khans also belong to a royal family and are distant relatives of Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk.

Royal entertainment such as dance shows, poetry recitation and fire throwing will be part of the show.

An Indian singer has reportedly been roped in for an unplugged show.

Indian Mela (carnival) will be the theme for the Mehndi ceremony, which is scheduled for January 3.

Performers like magicians, stilt walkers and rice carvers have been roped in for this event.

source: / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> International News /by Press Trust of India / Dubai / August 03rd, 2010

Kashmir Singer Raj Begum Dies At 89

Srinagar, KASHMIR :

Raj Begum, RIP!
Raj Begum, RIP!

Kashmir’s famed melody queen and legendary singer Raj Begum passed away during wee hours on Wednesday, family sources said. She was unwell for a long time.

Born in 1927, she was honoured with Padma Shri in 2002 and got Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 20134. The latter is India’s highest honour to a practicing artists.

Her captivating voice has ruled generations of Kashmir’s music lovers. She had taken off as a wedding singer and then rose gradually to become one of the most powerful female voices in Kashmir.

Survived by two sons, a daughter and a number of grand children, Begum was putting up with her daughter who lives in Chanpora.

Begum was born of Ghulam Rasool Sheikh of Magarmal Bagh in Srinagar on March 27, 1927. Like most of the great singers, she started singing in her childhood. As she grew up, she started singing in weddings. Post-1947, when the Radio Kashmir Srinagar started operating here, she was one of the main melodies that the station would broadcast. She retired in 1986.

source: / Kashmir Life / Home> Latest News / Bilal Bahadur / KL News Network / Srinagar – October 26th, 2016