Monthly Archives: September 2017

Chowmahalla wins National Tourism Award

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

The majestic Chowmahalla Palace
The majestic Chowmahalla Palace

Hyderabad :

The city’s magnificent Chowmahalla Palace has added another feather to its cap, bagging the National Tourism Award for being the best maintained monument. The award was among other honours presented by the Government of India, on the occasion of World Tourism Day observed on September 27.Speaking about the recognition, G Kishan Rao, director of the palace said: “It is a matter of great pride. Earlier in 2012, Chowmahalla received the award of merit from UNESCO.”

Pointing out how the palace is among the most sought-after tourist destinations in the city, Rao said the heritage structure is equipped with all the necessary facilities for visitors, including those who are differently-abled.

On an average 800 to 1,000 tourists visit the 250-year-old Chowmahalla Palace in Khilwat every day . Its construction, ordered during the reign of the third Nizam, was completed during the time of his successor. Since, it was used primarily to hold official functions. Over time, the ex panse of the heritage property, once spread over 45 acres complete with 16 palaces, shrunk to a meagre 12 acres. Yet, the impressive collection of artefacts, including crockery, garments, cars and rare photographs from the Nizam’s era – housed within, are in impeccable condition.

“After the death of seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, the palace was in a deplorable state. It was in 2001 when Princess Esra (first wife of Mukarram Jah) took it upon herself to restore it that things changed for the better. In 2006, we opened the place up for public. Today , the palace is also a central place for mega cultural events in the city,” said Rao, sharing how the paraphernalia on display also comprise items brought in from the King Kothi Palace, where they were in the cellar.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / TNN / September 29th, 2017

I enjoy literature and he enjoys a bit of nonsense



Shaad Ali hadn’t even heard of field hockey player, former India captain and Arjuna awardee Sandeep Singh, when Sneha Rajani and Chitrangda Singh approached him last year to make a film on his life. “I was shocked and embarrassed and instantly realised that I needed to make this film so everyone gets to know his story,” the filmmaker informs, adding that he started prep exactly a year ago.

By his own admission, it is the strongest, toughest and the best story he has worked on so far. “There is also an additional responsibility as it’s based on a real person who has been on a national duty all his life. But all of it also makes it an exciting challenge to dive into,” Shaad says, adding that he wanted his actors, Diljit Dosanjh in the titular role and Taapsee Pannu as another hockey player and his love interest, to be as true as the characters they took on. “It was important to have a real Sardar and Sardarni. In fact, they have just come back into my lives as Judwaa 2 is releasing and Diljit has finished shooting for a film.

We will now begin prep with hockey trainings, readings and workshops before shooting kicks off in the last week of October.” Besides marking a departure from love stories, the biopic will also be a reunion for the filmmaker with veteran lyricist Gulzar, who has penned lyrics for all his five directorials —from Saathiya to OK Jaanu. “I went for a narration without an appointment and he was moved to tears. It’s not a song-and-dance film so the music had to be woven into it in a certain way. The film belongs to hockey and Punjab.

There is also a love story thrown in, patriotism, pain, so it was important to invent a new language, which is not pure Punjabi or Urdu. We took some time to create that flavour. It will give the songs a universal feel but at the same time is rooted in Punjab,” Shaad explains. The filmmaker vividly remembers his first meeting with Gulzar, which was at the legendary poetlyricist’s Pali Hill office. He had gone there to narrate Mani Ratnam’s Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 1998 film, Dil Se, on which he was an assistant director.

“Gulzar saab was dressed in his signature crisp white kurta pyjama and was very warm to all of us. I remember that he connected with the story more when he learnt that Manisha Koirala’s character had the same name as his daughter, Meghna,” Shaad recalls, adding that he met the veteran for a second time when he took AR Rahman along to meet him. “It led to the creation of “Chaiyya Chaiyya”.” The duo lost touch after that, reconnecting only when Shaad approached Gulzar again, requesting him to write dialogues for his directorial debut, the Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi-starrer 2002 romantic-drama, Saathiya.

“At the time, he wasn’t writing for anybody else but made an exception for me. I have had an unconditional relationship with him ever since,” he says, adding that it’s more like a fatherson equation. “Also, we have a similar sense of humour. He knows that I appreciate language and a little bit of literature, while I know that he appreciates a little bit of nonsense. Toh thodi non-sense baton pe humari bonding ho jaati hai,” he says as he chuckles at the memory of their shared comfort zone. “We also fight but not as much as we used to earlier. He understands me more and knows where I am coming from.

Now, we might fight on nitty-gritty’s but fundamentally we are on the same page. Woh kehte hain ki laadla hai toh mere se jhagdega aur thappad bhi khayega,” says Shaad. On the matter of another reunion, with composer trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy for the fourth time after Bunty Aur Babli, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Kill Dil, he opines, “They are the Amar Akbar Anthony of my life. Woh toh anhoni ko honi aur honi ko anahoni karne wale log hain,” he signs off on that optimistic note.

source: / Ahmedabad Mirror / Home> Entertainment> Bollywood / by Avinash Lohana / September 29th, 2017

Acclaimed Assamese film, theatre personality Abdul Majid dead

Guwahati, ASSAM :

Veteran Assamese film and theatre personality Abdul Majid died here on Sunday following protracted illness, his family said.

Majid (86) is survived by his wife and three sons. He was admitted to a local hospital on September 15 due to age-related ailments, where he breathed his last this morning, the family said.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled Majid’s death, saying he gave a new dimension to Assamese cinema, along with showing his sense of social responsibility. “His death is an irreparable loss to the cultural field of Assam,” Mr. Sonowal added. Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited the filmmaker’s house to offer his condolences to the bereaved family.

Born at Jorhat in 1931, Majid made his film debut with Ronga Police in 1957 and went on to make the National award winning Chameli Memsahab, for which Bhupen Hazarika also won the best music composer’s award.

Other prominent films that Majid directed include Morom Trishna, Bonohansha, Bonjui, Punakon and Uttarkal. He also acted in several films.

Majid, a theatre director of equal repute, helmed popular plays like Banchit, Dhulimakoti, Sor, Xihat, Ahise and Sur. Majid also acted in several Assamese television serials, and directed the highly-acclaimed serial Namghoria.

Assam government had honoured him with the prestigious ‘Bishnu Prasad Rabha’ award, while several organisations have conferred him with lifetime achievement awards.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Movies / by PTI / Guwahati / September 24th, 2017

Karnataka athlete, Israr Pasha, who won two Gold medals, Silver at the Commonwealth PowerLifting Championship, had to pawn Mom’s jewellery

Mangaluru, KARNATAKA :


Israr Pasha won two gold medals and a silver at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship held in South Africa

In order to make his dream of winning gold at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship held at Potchefstroom in South Africa come true, 18-year-old Israr Pasha had to pledge his mother’s jewellery to meet his expense.

Israr, a first-year BBM student at St Aloysius College in Mangaluru, is coached at the Balanjaneya gym by Sathish Kudroli and Prachet K. He is the son of Abdulla, a businessman, and Khathija, a homemaker. He won two gold medals and a silver medal in the sub junior 120 category at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship held at Potchefstroom in South Africa from Sept 10 to 17.

Israr said, “I had to pay a heavy price to win this gold and I am feeling very bad about it. Since my father was going through business crisis and my mother was keen that I participate in the international meet, she gave away her jewellery so that I could mortgage it to meet my expenses.

“Earlier during the year, after winning silver at a meet in Chandrapur, I qualified for the Commonwealth selection trials for which I had to pay Rs 45,000 as a non-refundable deposit. I got selected for the first camp in Jamshedpur and second camp in New Delhi and was on cloud nine when we were provided with team India track suit.

“However, to participate in the Commonwealth championship, we had to deposit Rs 1.80 lakh to the Indian Powerlifting Federation. My father gave me Rs 35,000. I was running short of cash and this was when my mother gave me her jewellery. On the last day, and at the last minute, I deposited the money and was selected to attend the third camp (practice) in Mumbai before leaving for South Africa. For all the difficulty my family has taken up, I am happy that I have won a medal. But I wish my hard work is recognised by the government. The total expense we incurred was about Rs 3 lakh,” he said.

Israr took up powerlifting when he was in class 10. He was going to a gym and powerlifter Nagaraj was his inspiration. Gradually, he won silver medal in a district meet, gold in a state meet and was even selected for nationals in the year 2015. He began his career as a powerlifter at the Veeraanjaneya Vyama Shale. He won a bronze medal and was trained by Shubhakar Shetty. Following this, there was no looking back as he won gold at the state powerlifting championship held at Surathkal but could not participate in nationals because of exams. He also won gold at the South India Powerlifting championship held in Davangere.

His mother, Katheeja, said, “Israr has been working very hard and never neglected his studies or practice. We are hoping for some support from the government so that he brings more medals to the country and is not discouraged by the financial burden.”

source: /  Bangalore Mirror / Home> News> State / by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / September 25th, 2017

Karn-Nadeem duo spins India-A to innings victory

Muzaffarpur, BIHAR :

Oh no! New Zealand-A opener George Worker looks back to see his bails dislodged by Karn Sharma. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.
Oh no! New Zealand-A opener George Worker looks back to see his bails dislodged by Karn Sharma. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

Mulapadu, VIJAYAWADA :

The spin duo of leggie Karn Sharma and left-armer Shabaz Nadeem turned out to be too hot to handle once again as the two picked four wickets apiece to bowl India-A to an innings and 31-run win over New Zealand-A in the first of the two, four-day ‘Test’ matches at Mulapadu Cricket Complex here on Monday.

After a 30-minute delayed start because of sharp drizzle in the morning, the Kiwis, resuming at the overnight score of 64 for two, were never really in the game – losing wickets at regular intervals.

This despite there being no devil in the pitch. It was all in the minds and obviously Kiwis lost the psychological battle as the batsmen were found way short of the technical competence required to tackle the spinners who simply stuck to the basics – bowl a good line and length, make the batsmen play at every ball and most bowl importantly to the field.

If one thought there would be the much needed improvement in the second innings, it was not to be as both Karn and Nadeem enjoyed bowling at the New Zealanders who were just not equal to the task.

Once Karn got the first breakthrough in the sixth over of the day when he had the well-set opener, it was a real struggle for the those who followed him to the crease. When Will Young was also dismissed – top-edging a sweep shot off Karn to be caught at silly-point by Hanuma Vihari, the Kiwis were reduced to 81 for four.

At lunch, the Kiwis were 118 for six and the only issue then was whether the innings defeat could be avoided or not. But, both Karn and Nadeem had other intentions and mopped up the tail in 11 overs after the break to bring curtains on what was a thoroughly disappointing batting display.

The scores:

New Zealand-A— 1st innings: 147.

India-A — 1st innings: 320.

New Zealand-A — 2nd innings: George Worker b Karn 35, Jeet Raval b Nadeem 21, Henry Nicholls lbw b Karn 1, Will Young c Vihari b Karn 14, Tom Blundell lbw b Shardul 12, Tim Seifert lbw b Karn 14, Todd Astle b Shardul 0, Scott Kuggeleijn c Rishabh b Nadeem 15, Ish Sodhi c Karun b Nadeem 13, Matt Henry b Nadeem 0, Lockie Ferguson (not out) 10; Extras: (lb-3, nb-4) 7; Total: (in 63.1 overs): 142.

Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-42, 3-74, 4-81, 5-89, 6-99, 7-118, 8-118, 9-120.

India-A bowling: Shardul 9-1-17-2, Md. Siraj 8-6-3-0, Nadeem 20.1-6-51-4, Karn 23-4-62-4, Karun 3-1-6-0.

(India-A won by innings and 31 runs).

source:  / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Cricket / by V.V.Subrahmanyam / Mulapadu (Vijayawada) / September 25th, 2017