MUMBAI: After lapping up the National Award earlier this week, music maestro Illayaraja has added another feather to his cap. He will be conferred with the prestigious Akshaya Samman this year for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.
The annual award carrying a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a letter of appreciation would be presented at a function to be held by the Akshaya Mohanty Foundation here next month.
Previous recipients of the Samman, instituted in 2007, were Manna De, Gulzar and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the foundation said.
MUMBAI: Legendary Hindustani and Carnatic exponent, instrumentalist Puttaraj Gavai passed away yesterday at the age of 97 following illness.
Gavai also a writer, dramatist, social worker and Padma Bhushan recipient, died at Veereshwara Punyashrama, an institute for differently abled and destitutes run by him for several years.
Gavai, who was suffering from kidney problems and pneumonia, was shifted to the ashram from KLE Hospital in Belgaum as per his last wishes early this week.
MUMBAI: The hunt for a fresh new voice of Punjab has reached its grand finale as PTC Punjabi's talent hunt show, Voice Of Punjab will select its winner today. The Grand Finale event will be telecast Live from 7:30 pm onwards on PTC Punjabi.
The Contest Winners, a boy and a girl each will get a chance to record their album with a reputed music company. A Brand New Car will be awarded to each of the contest winners, sponsored by OGIC Immigration Consultants. The winners will also receive Whirlpool Range of Products by Whirlpool.
MUMBAI: After months of auditioning, Project Lotus, the search to find, groom and launch a global level pan-Asian Girl Band has entered the final stage and selected seven female finalists who will represent India in Hong Kong.
The seven representing India, Rachel Varghese, Jasmine Saxena, Alisha Budrani, Sharvari Deshpande, Shawna D'Silva, Mantasha Das and Hazel Sobti - are set to fly off on the weekend to compete for the next phase.
MUMBAI: For the first time in the history of Kaan Awards, an agency had to give up the honour due to plagiarism allegations. Amidst a lot of controversy, Mudra withdrew their Kaan 2010 campaign entry captioned â€?Subtitles' for HBO. This was in light of a recent allegation that the work was â€?inspired' by another campaign.
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