Thursday, June 22, 2017

AMRISH PURI


Today is the birth anniversary of Amrish Puri , the popular villain , character actor of Hindi cinema and a well known theatre personality.Born this day in 1932 at Nawanshahar in Punjab , he lived and studied in Shimla when the family shifted there. He received his college education in the B.M.College , Shimla . His love of theatre brought him to Bombay where he joined Prithvi Theatre and worked with the likes of Saytadev Dubey and Girish Karnad , An accomplished actor, he won the sahitya Academy Award in 1979. He was a late entrant into films , already well into his thirties. With his strong screen presence attributable to his baritone voice no less than to his impressive looks , it did not take him very long to be counted among one of the finest actors , much in demand particularly for negative villanous roles. He did equally well in positive roles.He was also active in parallel cinema. He worked in about 400 films spanning almost four decades. The films in which he acted include Prem Pujari , Reshma Aur Shera,Hulchul, salaakhen, Hindustan ki Kasam,Nishan, Manthan , Bhumika, Hamare Tumhare Jaani Dushman, Sawan Ko Aney Do, Qurbani, Dostana , Hum Paanch, Krodhi, Kalyug, Naseeb, Shakti , Vidhata, Vijeta Ardhsatya, Jhootha sach, party, Mr.India, Nagina , Tamas, Karan Arjun , Loha, Dayawaan and many many others. His dialogue ‘ Mogambo khish hua ‘ & ‘ Gulati ! Gulati khaa gaya na…’ became very popular. Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’ & Steve Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom’ gave him international exposure and he drew lavish praises from Steven Spielberg for his marvellous acting. 
He won many film awards and got nominated for many others. 
He was a highly talented and versatile actor .

Our humble tributes !

Sunday, June 11, 2017

राम प्रसाद बिस्मिल

सरफरोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाजु-ए-कातिल में है
महान क्रांतिकारी राम प्रसाद बिस्मिल को उनकी जयन्ति पर कोटिशः नमन !

Mihir Sen

Today is the death anniversary of Mihir Sen, the Indian Swimmer.He became the first Indian swimmer to cross the English Channel in 1958.He also became the first person ever to swim across oceans of five Continents in a single year in 1966.
He was a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Our humble tributes !

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sir Edwin Arnold


Today is the birth anniversary of Sir Edwin Arnold, KCIE, CSI, the English poet and Journalist.Educated at Oxford,he had a stint as a School Master in King's School London.He came to India in 1856 as Principal of Government Sanskrit College Poona.He returned to England in 1861 and worked for The Daily Telegraph.He is best known for Light of Asia, a book in blank verse on the life and teachings of Lord Buddha.Subsequently he wrote Pearls of Faith &The Light of the World about Islam and Christianity respectively also.He also wrote The Song Celestial, a book in verse rather a compact translation of Bhagwadgita.
However The Light of Asia remains his most popular work , which was translated in Hindi and Punjabi among perhaps other languages also.
I remember our Punjabi teacher reading out from Asia Da Chaanan , the Punjabi translation of the book , that left us spellbound.
He was influenced by the the Japanese way of life also and eventually had a Japanese wife.
Our humble tributes to the great poet and author !

Friday, June 9, 2017

Banda Singh Bahadur

Today is the death anniversary of Banda Singh Bahadur also known as Banda Bahadur & Madho Das, a brave Sikh Commander.At the age of 15 he ran away from home to become an ascetic and was given the name Madho Das.He established an ashram at Nanded on the bank of Godavari.A meeting with Guru Gobind Singh changed the course of his life.Raising an army, he became a military Commander.On his early conquests he captured Samana and established his authority.He brought about land reforms .Eventually he controlled the territory between Satluj and Yamuna.In 1715 he was caught from Gurdas Nangal fort by the Mughal forces.He was taken to Delhi and was executed in 1716.
Our humble tributes to the great warrior !

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Syed Nazir Ali


Today is the birth anniversary of Syed Nazir Ali, who together with his brother Syed Wazir Ali was a member of the Indian Cricket team that played the first Test match against England in 1932.Though he played only two Test matches,he impressed with his performance in all segments of the game in 75 First Class matches that he got to play in his career.
Our humble tributes !

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shyama

Happy birthday to Shyama , the Bollywood actress who is known for her role in films Aar Paar, Barsaat Ki Raat, Zabak, Bhabhi, Tarana, Bhai Bhai and many others.
She turns 82 today !