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Renowned Carnatic vocalist, M S
Subbulakshmi passed on in Chennai on 12 December. She was 88.
Born in Madurai in 1916,
Subbulakshmi was admitted to a private hospital recently,
initially for a complaint of 'hyperglycemia' , and later for
A Magsaysay award winner, Subbulakshmi also received the 'Bharat
Ratna', India's highest civilian award, in 1996. She had also
acted in a few Tamil films and was married to Sadasivam, a well
known Congress figure, who died in 1997.
Well known for her benevolence,
Subbulakshmi gave over 250 charity concerts in aid of schools,
hospitals, temples across the country. She will be missed.
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Award, popularly known as the Green Oscar,for his latest documentary,
Vanishing Giants. "The Award is incidental. The idea of the film is to
awaken people to the horrific plight of a captured elephant," he says .
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Muslim." And she adds with a smile, "I can’t separate any of these layers
from the other. They are all a part of who I truly am."
She has a style that is extraordinary, beauty
that is classic and an intellect that keeps ticking. She is a social
activist, politician and a versatile actor all rolled into one.
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semi-fictional account of the relationship between Mahatma
Gandhi and Madeline Slade, the daughter of a British admiral.
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extraordinary association between two individuals
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city of Lahore in Pakistan. Its foundation was laid during the
Mughal Emperor Jahangir reign (1605-1627). Sheikhupura was the
Royal Hunting Ground. The current Tall Minar was built by
Jahangir for his favourite antelope "Mansraaj" . The gravestone,
as per Jahangir’s instruction was built in the shape of an
antelope and the epitaph written by Mullah Mohammed Hussain
Kashmiri.……‘ In this beautiful & healthful place, God-thirsty
Nuruddin Jahangir captured a deer; in one month the deer left
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