Current Affairs "Award & Prizes"
Classical Tamil Award for Aska Parpola
- Asko Parpola, leading authority on the Indus script and Professor Emeritus of Indology in the University of Helsinki, Finland, has been chosen for the Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award for 2009.
- Professor Parpola receive a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh, a citation and a memento during the World Classical Tamil Conference held in Coimbatore in June.
Srimanta award for Borgohain and Sharmila
- The Assam government has decided to confer the coveted Srimanta Sankaradeva Award to noted journalist and writer Homen Borgohain for the year 2007 in recognition of his significant contribution to journalism and literature and noted actor Sharmila Tagore in the fields of art and culture for the year 2008. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would present the awards at a function in the city tentatively fixed for April 23, said an official release .
Padma awards given to Chatwal, Ilaiyaraaja
- President Pratibha Patil confers Padma awards in New Delhi. The awardees are (PADMA VIBHUSAN): Zohra Segal, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and Dr. Y.V. Reddy (PADMA BHUSHAN): Ilaiyaraaja, Mallika V. Sarabhai, Dr. N.M. Shroff, B.K. Chaturvedi, Sant Singh Chatwal, Bipin Chandra and Professor B.M. Hegde (PADMA SHRI) Venu Srinivasan, Resul Pookutty, actor Rekha, R.V. Achrekar, Narayan Karthikeyan and actor Saif Ali Khan.
- Non-Resident Indian hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, music composer Ilaiyaraaja and businessman Vindi Banga were conferred the Padma Bhushan awards by President Pratibha Patil.
- Noted mridangam exponent Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, former Reserve Bank of India Governor Y.V. Reddy and nonagenarian artiste Zohra Segal were honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian awards at a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘guru’ Ramakant Achrekar, boxer Vijender Singh, leading actor of yesteryear Rekha, sound technician and Oscar Award winner Resul Pookutty and car racer Narain Karthikeyan were among those conferred with the Padma Shri.
- The Ashoka Hall reverberated with applause as actor Saif Ali Khan walked up to to receive his Padma Shri at the function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other guests. Painter Akbar Padamsee, former Cabinet Secretary and a current Planning Commission member B.K. Chaturvedi, Moosa Raza (civil service), educationists Anil Bordia and G.P. Chopra were honoured with the Padma Bhushan.
- Other Padma Bhushan awardees were: cardiologist B.M. Hegde, nuclear scientist Bikash Sinha, historian Bipin Chandra, kathak exponent Kumudini Lakhia, panchavadya exponent Kuzhur Narayana Marar, versatile artiste Mallika Sarabhai, banker N. Vaghul, eye specialist Noshir Minoo Shroff, music composer Shrinivas Khale, sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan and ayurveda practitioner E.T. Narayanan Mooss.
- Nemai Ghosh, , music exponent Shobha Raju, environment activist Ranjit Bhargava, TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan, businessmen Irshad Mirza, Kapil Mohan (trade and industry), founder of Nirma Karsanbhai Patel were among those who received the Padma Shri.
C’wealth award for Rana Dasgupta
- British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for 2010 for his epic tale Solo set in Communist and post-Communist Bulgaria. Australian Glenda Guest’s Siddon Rock was adjudged the Best First Book at the award’s grand finale ceremony.
IIFA goes to Sri Lanka
- Amitabh Bachchan made an appearance at a glittering function to mark the media awareness of the 11th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), held from June 3 to 5.
- Besides the IIFA function, the event witness a 20-20 match between Hindi film industry stars and Asian cricketers.
- Sri Lanka was chosen from among countries such as South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and South Korea.
- IIFA started in 2000, with the first ceremony held in London at the Millennium Dome. With the aim to take Indian cinema worldwide, the ceremony in the past has been held in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, The Netherlands, UAE, England, Thailand and twice in South Africa.
Bengali novel shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction prize
- Nearly 50 years after it was first written in 1962, Bengali novelist Mani Sankar Mukherjee’s book, Chowringhee, has been shortlisted for one of the Independent Foreign Fiction prize for 2010 — the first time that an Indian work has accomplished the feat.
- One of the most popular works in Bengali literature in the 1960s, Chowringhee, is about a myriad of characters that people a popular hotel, Shahjahan, in the city’s Champs-Elysees of the times, as seen from the eyes of a clerk who works there.
Sand artist Pattnaik wins gold in Russia
- Celebrated Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the ‘People’s Choice’ Gold Medal at the second World Sand Sculpture Championship in Moscow for his sculpture of legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor.
- The theme of this year’s championship was ‘World cinema’ and the artists were required to give their vision of famous movies from famous directors with famous actors in their sand creations.
- Artists from Iceland won the ‘Jury Choice’ and ‘Sculptor Choice’ prizes in the championship.
- Artists from 11 countries, including India, the United States, Russia, UK, Italy and the Czech Republic, took part in the championship, which was held in Moscow for the second time.
- Mr. Pattnaik sends messages to the public through his sculptures by creating awareness campaigns. He also runs a sand art school at the Puri Beach in Orissa.
Ela Bhatt wins Japanese prize
- Social activist Ela Bhatt (76) received the Niwano Peace Prize for 2010 for her contribution to the uplift of poor women in India.
- “My story and philosophy can be said in three words – women, work and peace,” she said after receiving the award, which included a certificate, a medal and prize money worth about $2,15,390.
- She established the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in 1972.
- It now has over 1.2 million members.
- In 1974, she formed the SEWA cooperative bank, which now reaches out to around three million women.
- The Tokyo-based foundation has been awarding the prize every year since 1983, as an initiative to recognise the significant contribution of an individual to inter-religious understanding and cooperation leading to world peace. Known as a “gentle revolutionary”, Ms. Bhatt was also a Rajya Sabha member. She has received a number of awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award and France’s Legion d’honneur.
Thai wins Palme d’Or at Cannes
- Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival for a surreal reincarnation tale, Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives.
- Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who plays a terminally-ill hustler in Biutiful by Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, shared the best actor award with Italy’s Elio Germano.
- And France’s Juliette Binoche was named best actress for her role as an unhappy antiques dealer in Certified copy by Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami.
Spelling champ’s victory hat-trick for Indian-Americans
- The Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States was — for the third consecutive year and for the eighth time in the last 11 years — won by an Indian-American, Anamika Veeramani of North Royalton, Ohio.
- Anamika won after nine nerve-wracking rounds, culminating in her correctly spelling ‘stromuhr,’ a device used to measure blood flow velocity. She fought her way through earlier rounds successfully spelling words like ‘foggara,’ ‘osteomyelitis,’ ‘mirin,’ ‘nahcolite,’ ‘epiphysis,’ and, in the penultimate round, ‘juvia,’ a term for a Brazilian nut.