Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Leela Mishra

Today is the death anniversary of Leela Mishra, a Bollywood actress of bygone era.In a career spanning five decades, she appeared in about 200 films playing mainly character roles.
She is also known as the quintessential Mausi or aunt of Hindi Cinema.
Our humble tributes !

Muhammad Ali



Today is the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th Century .Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. this day in 1942. He was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and virtually a 'lord of the ring'. Post boxing career he became an activist fighting apartheid and discrimination.
I Am The Greatest ' is the title of his autobiography.
He died on June 3, 2016 aged 74.
Our humble tributes !

Kamal Amrohi


Today is the birth centenary of Kamal Amrohi, the noted film director,producer, screenwriter and dialogue writer of Hindi cinema.Born Syed Amir Haidar Kamal Naqvi this day in 1918, he started his career in 1938 with Sohrab Modi's Minerva Movietones and was associated with movies like Jailor, Pukar, Bharosa and Shahjahan. He made his debut as a director with the 1949 film Mahal starring Ashok Kumar and Madhubala, which was a musical hit.He wrote dialogues for the film Mughal -e- Azam and received an award for this.
He directed only four movies namely Mahal, Dayara, Pakeezah, and Razia Sultan and left his mark. In fact, Pakeezah was conceived as early as 1958 but could see the light of the day only in 1972, with Meena Kumari as the lead actress and Raaj Kumar replacing Ashok Kumar who was earlier envisaged as the hero.The movie immortalized Meena Kumari and this was her swan song as well . This was the best Amrohi could have done for Meena Kumari, who was his estranged wife too.
Kamal Amrohi died on 11 February, 1993 aged 75.
Our humble tributes to the great film personality !

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Prem Nazir

Today is the death anniversary of Prem Nazir. the leading hero of Malayalam Cinema.He was born Abdul Khader on 7th April 1926. He is a Guinness Book of Records holder for acting as a lead hero in 725 films and also for appearing opposite the same heroine. Sheela in 130 films.He also holds record for appearing opposite 80 heroines and for appearing as a lead hero in 41 films released in a single year.

Regarded as the evergreen hero, he was a rage between '50s and early '80s.
He was a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
He died this day in 1989 aged 63.
Our humble tributes to the great Actor !

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Madan Puri

Today is the death anniversary of Madan Puri, the popular villain and character actor of Hindi and Punjabi cinema. A first cousin of the actor- singer K.L.Saigal, he made his debut with the film Ahinsa in 1946.He was more active during the '60s and '70s when he played villain and also had character roles.In a career spanning four decades, he appeared in 400 plus films.

His filmography includes films like Ahinsa, Vidya, Jeet, Anmol Rattan,Deewana, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje,Aabroo, Nau Do Gyarah, Baarish,Taqdeer, Howra Bridge,Dilli ka Thug,Kanhayya,Insaan Jaag Utha,Singapore, Kala Bazar,Jaali Note, Pyaar ka Saagar,Bees Saal Baad, Ziddi, Kohra, Kashmir Ki Kali,Waqt, Shaheed, Ayi Milan Ki Bela,Sawan Ki Ghata, Phool Aur Patthar and many many others.
His younger brother Amrish Puri was also a popular film actor.
Madan Puri died this day in 1985 aged 69.
Our humble tributes !

Friday, January 12, 2018

Swami Vivekananda

Today is the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest spiritual leaders that India has produced. Born Narendranath Dutt this day in today's West Bengal in 1863, his spiritual quest led him to search for a Guru. Ultimately he found a Guru in Ramakrishna Paramhans .He travelled to Chicago to participate in the Parliament of World Religions in 1893 and in his marvellous epoch making address introduced Hindu religion and philosophy to the world. Travelling across America and Europe he preached Vedanta and disseminated the wisdom of Upanishads. Many prominent personalities became his followers including Margaret Nobel, also known as Sister Nivedita, the name given her by Swami Vivekananda.
A propounder of Karma Yoga and Gyan Yoga,he also became a symbol of renaissance in colonial India.
He founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
His birthday is celebrated as the National Youth Day or Yuva Diwas.
Our humble tributes to great sage !

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My canine friend from the neighbourhood  !