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Rahman Bags Double Grammy Honour for India

Where: Los Angeles, USA January 31, 2010 : A.R. Rahman, one of India's most well-loved music composers, won international recognition with two Grammy awards. Last year, he had won the Oscar for his music in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire. This year, he had his first Grammy win. He picked up two awards: one for the 'best compilation soundtrack...

Michael Jackson, King of Pop, Dies at 50

Where: Los Angeles, USA June 25, 2009 : Michael Jackson, known as the 'King of Pop' died suddenly in his Los Angeles home. He was 50. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. The police have ruled out any possibility of foul play. Fans all over the world were shocked at their idol's death. Michael was one of the...

Rahaman and Resul Win BAFTAS; Zakir Gets His Second Grammy

Where: London, UK, and Los Angeles, USA February 11, 2009 : India'a A.R.Rahman won the award for the Best Music Director for his work in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony. Fellow Indian Resul Pookutty, the sound director of the film, won the Best Sound Editing Award. At the...

Indians All the Way As ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Sweeps Oscars

Where: Los Angeles, USA February 22, 2009 : India awoke to the sound of cheers and applause last Monday as 'Slumdog Millionaire' fetched two Oscars* for A.R. Rahman and one for Resul Pookutty. With the American-made film 'Smile Pinki' about an Indian girl winning the Oscar for the best short documentary, the focus was definitely on India. Slumdog Millionaire, directed...

Slumdog Millionaire’s Big Haul at the Golden Globe Awards

Where: Los Angeles, U.S.A. January 12, 2009 : Slumdog Millionaire, an Indian story set and shot in India, is based on the novel 'Q&A' by an Indian diplomat and first-time novelist Vikas Swarup. It was directed by the well-known British director Danny Boyle, and released in 2008. The film won awards for best director, best picture, and screenplay...

The Writer

December 9: Stanley "Tookie" Williams is an American writer of children's books. His books are cautionary tales, warning children to stay away from drugs, guns and gangs so common to certain sections of poor America. Williams has won wide acclaim and two literature prizes. But then Williams is no ordinary children's writer. He is a four-time murderer on death row...

Where Holi is the Talk of the Town

Think of Holi and you think of two places in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the festival has a special status. First, the area known as Brajbhoomi comprising Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, Gokul (all connected to Lord Krishna's birth, childhood and early youth) and Barsana (Radha's village). Here Holi is a robust enactment of the legends of Radha...

The Little Gold Man

And the winner is...Popularly known as the Oscar, it never ceases to make the heart skip a beat. After all it's every person's dream in the film industry.

Hanoi’s Good Samaritan

November 4:The streets of cities in Vietnam teem with young boys who, despite their sad eyes, have dazzling smiles on their faces, and speak halting, broken English, that sounds charming to the ears. They sell postcards, shine shoes and hassle tourists with remarkably impressive sob-stories about needing money for sick parents, school fees and English lessons. It's a combination...

Charlie Chaplin

All of us are very familiar with the mustachioed Little Tramp with the bowler hat and cane _ Charlie Chaplin. But behind this little fellow lurked an extremely creative film maker who scripted, directed and starred in some of the best films of the century. Charlie Chaplin was born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England on 16 April 1889. His...

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