Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album “Damn.”
Lamar is the first rapper in history to be given the award.
Previous recipients included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Duke Ellington. Lamar had received this award at Columbia University.
Gujarati poet, playwright and academic Sitanshu Yashaschandra were selected for 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled “Vakhar” published in 2009. I
t was 27 edition of the award.
Sitanshu Yashaschandra was born in 1941 in Gujarat’s Bhuj district.
He has three poetry collections Odysseusnu Halesu, Jatayu, and Vakhar to his credit.
He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award.
The TIME Magazine released the 100 Most Influential People List of 2018 designating individuals whose time is now.
The 2018 list features the names of four self-made Indians- Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella.
The list also features the US President Donald Trump.
The list of 100 Most Influential People of 2018 includes the names of actress Nicole Kidman, 'Wonder Women' starring Gal Gadot, Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle and singers Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.
The 65th National Film Awards were announced in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature, and Writing) for the National Film Awards have announced the awards for the different categories.
This year, the jury is being headed by director Shekhar Kapur.
The jury panel has 10 members. National Film Awards will be given by the President Ram Nath Kovind in May 2018.
Best Anthropological film Name Place Animal Thing, Slave Genesis
2. Best Critic on Cinema Giridhar Jha (Swarn Kamal)
3. Special Mention Mhorkya (Marathi), Hello Arasi (Oriya), Take Off (Malayalam), Newton (Hindi)
4. Best Ladakhi Film Walking With The Wind
5. Best Jasari Film Sinjar
6. Best Tulu Film Paddy
7. Best Odiya Film Hello Arsi
8. Best Kannada Film Hebbet Ramakka
9. Best Hindi Film Newton
10. Best Bengali Film Mayurakshi
11. Marathi Film Kachcha Limbu
12. Best Malayalam Film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
13. Best Telugu Film Ghazi
14. Assamese Film Ishu
15. Best Tamil Film To Let
16. Best Gujarati Film Dhh
17. Best Action Direction Abbas Ali Moghu for Baahubali 2
18. Choreography Ganesh Acharya for 'Gori Tu Latth Maar' for Toilet - Ek Premkatha
19. Best Special Effects Baahubali 2
20. Best Music Director Kaatru Veliyidai
21. Best Background Score Mom
22. Special Jury Award Nagarkirtan
23. Best Lyrics JM Prahalad for Muthuratna song
24. Best Make-Up Artist Ram Rajjak (Nagarkirtan)
25. Best Production Design Santhosh Raman (Malayalam movie Take Off)
26. Best Screenplay (Original) Sajeev Pazhoor (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum)
27. Screenplay Writer (Adapted) JAYARAJ (Bhayanakam)
28. Best Dialogues Sambit Mohanty (Hello Arsi)
29. Best Cinematography Bhayanakam
30. Best Cameraman Nikhil S Praveen
31. Best Playback Singer Shashaa Tirupati for Kaatru Veliyidai.
The eight edition of Theatre Olympics concluded in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India and showcasing the rich heritage and culture across length and breadth of the country.
It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in February 2018 at the majestic Red Fort.
Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination in the 89-year-old history of the Awards. She has been nominated for her work in the film 'Mudbound'. "The job of the cinematographer is to visualise emotion - things we as women are inherently good at," said Rachel while speaking about her nomination.
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan honored with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
According to the WEF, Shah Rukh Khan received Award for "his leadership in championing children's and women's rights in India".
He received the award alongside Elton John and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.
Industry Chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General.
Prior to this, he was Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and Member, Board of Advisors, IILM.
He was awarded the Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.
Eminent Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be given the 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017.
The committee, headed by poet and scholar Satya Vrat Shastri, unanimously decided to confer the award upon Goswami for his poetry collection titled Du Dondo Phowara Matro.
It is the first time the award will be given to a Bengali poet. Du Dondo Phowara Matro is an autobiographical account of the poet's life featuring his close ones including a pet cat.
The award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and cash award of Rupees 4 lakh.
Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well.
The complete list of winners are as follows:
Best Film (Critics): Newton
Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)
Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton)
Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal)
Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal)
Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu)
Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos)
Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a book based on Indian cinema in showbiz capital Mumbai.
The book, titled 'Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!', is a coffee table book, which provides historical insights, lesser-known facts and behind-the-scenes exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of the Indian film industry.
The book is co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur, the book on India's tinsel town is published by British multinational publishing company Dorling Kindersley (DK).
Current Affairs Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett.
Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first-ever representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Out of nine films, five are from India.
The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal are Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off.
The foreign films in the fray are Amok from Poland, Khibula - a co-production of Germany, France and Georgia, The Last Painting from Taiwan and Women of The Weeping River - a joint production of the US and UK.
American model Kendall Jenner beat Gisele Bündchen to become the world's highest-earning model in 2017, as per Forbes Report.
The 22-year-old model's earnings have been estimated to be $22 million (142crores).
Gisele, who has been the highest-paid model since 2002, was ranked second in the list this year, with earnings of $17.5 million (113 crores).
The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi.
Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section.
Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.
They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh.
Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.
American singer Beyonce has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes.
Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore).
Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list.
The Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are
Beyonce ($105 million)
Adele ($69 million)
Taylor Swift ($44 million)
Celine Dion ($42 million)
Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).
Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award.
The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature.
The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature.
The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo.
She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award.
She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.
India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017.
The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home.
The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China.
She is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai.
Tourism sector of India continues to flourish immensely. Notably, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of October 2017 was Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015.
The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) have registered whopping growth of 18.1% in October 2017 in the country.
The FEEs during the month of October 2017 were Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the largest student organization has selected Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017. Gopinath R. is a known child care activist from Bengaluru and has been taking care of at least 400 deprived children.
He is selected a known child care activist from Bengaluru Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017 amongst the various nominations received this year from all over the country.
The selection committee of Yuva Puraskar 2017 has selected nomination of Gopinath R. in appreciation of his work for “Childcare, protection, and development”.
Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor.
He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998.
The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.
Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan passed away in New Delhi.
He was 90.
He was Born on 9 September 1927 in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad, Kunwar Narayan was known for his poetry, stories, and critiques.
His first poetry collection was "Chakravyuh".
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as Head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI).
His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalized as the opening film of the festival.
The jury includes 13-member jury which was led by Sujoy Ghosh.
India will soon have the first Cartoon Network-branded theme park in Gujarat.
Turner International India, which owns the Cartoon Network brand, has entered into a brand partnership with Gujarat based real estate, entertainment, and hospitality group Rajgreen for the launch of a 61,000 square meter property Amaazia, in Surat.
To be launched in the first quarter of 2019 on a budget of Rs 450 crore, the amusement park will be located at Surat, in Gujarat.
Amaazia will be Cartoon Network's first brand association for an amusement park in India
Baahubali: The Conclusion, the magnum opus of director SS Rajamauli has been nominated in the Indian Panorama - Feature Films Category.
The second part of the flick will be screened at International Film festival in Goa.
The 48th edition of the mega film festival will begin from Goa from November 20 to 28.
Indian short film ‘The School Bag’ won the 'Best Short Film Award' at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM).
It tells a story based in Pakistan.
The movie is directed by Dheeraj Jindal. Actress Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.
Among 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova.
Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi.
After this, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.
Few famous cities included in the list are Auckland (New Zealand), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Istanbul (Turkey), Yamagata City (Japan).
Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan selected for 2017 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram award, Kerala government’s highest literary honor.
This award is instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. This award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation.
His important works are Kurukshetram and Anchusooryan. He has edited several magazines like ‘Jwala’, ‘Uttaram’ and ‘Pachakkutira’.
He was a former editor of Indian Literary Journal and former secretary of Sahitiya Akademi.
The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017 in New Delhi.
The Theme of CMS Vatavaran is “Conservation 4 Water”.
The event is supported and partnered by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Geographic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The playback singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan and music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik selected for the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award.
They will be honored for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing. Each award winner will get a cash prize of Rs.two lakh, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation.
US author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
He became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.
The 2016 Man Booker Prize went to 'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty.
Singer T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016.
He is a pre-eminent vocalist in the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and has been an activist who has worked to break down caste-barriers in the society.
The award is conferred for promoting national integration and strengthening nation’s sense of solidarity.
It carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
The first-ever The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) India Music Festival will be held at Purana Quila in New Delhi.
The 3 day festival is being organized by External Affairs Ministry in collaboration with Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.
The main aim is to boost cultural influences among the peoples of the ASEAN member states and India.
Famous Indian bands like the Raghu Dixit Project, Avial, Papon LIVE, Bipul Chettri and the Travelling Band, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will also participate in the festival.
Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter died at aged 67.
Alter acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for a record five years during the 1990s.
In addition to acting, Alter also ventured into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s.
Alter has written three books, one non-fiction, and two fiction, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is working to establish “Hunar Hub” across the country to provide a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display as well sell their products.
The 'Hunar Haat' is being organised at Craft Bazaar, Gandhi Thidal Beach, Goubert Avenue and will continue till September 30 in which master artisans from 16 states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, New Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh will be showcasing their traditional talent.
They prepared an E-Portal to provide national as well as international markers to artisans and craftsmen from across the country.
A data bank of artisans and craftsmen will be prepared by this year-end, thousands of artisans from various parts of the country have already been registered.
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
The Handmaid's Tale became the first web television series to win the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Westworld and Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations.
Stephen Colbert was the Host of 69th Emmy Awards.
The important awards are listed below
Outstanding Comedy Series -Veep
Outstanding Drama Series - The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Variety Talk Series- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series -Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Limited Series -Big Little Lies
Outstanding Television Movie -Black Mirror: "San Junipero"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series -Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series-Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offered on The Handmaid's Tale
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series -Atlanta (Episode: "B.A.N."), Directed by Donald Glover
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series -The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Offred"), Directed by Reed Morano
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series -Master of None (Episode: "Thanksgiving"), Written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe.
Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was bestowed with prestigious Saraswati Samman 2016.
He was awarded for his novel “Hawthan" portraits about cultural lives of traditional pottery community in Goa.
The award comprises of plaque and a cash purse of Rs.15 lakh by Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman an event held in New Delhi.
According to the Forbes List, Rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg is Hollywood's highest-paid leading man, earning $68 million pretax in 12 month scoring period.
From India, Shahrukh Khan is the highest paid actor (Rank 8) followed by Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
Wahlberg replaced out last year's top-ranked star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.The top people in the list are
Mark Wahlberg ($68 million)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million)
Vin Diesel ($54.5 million)
Adam Sandler ($50.5 million)
Jackie Chan ($49 million)
Robert Downey, Jr. ($48 million)
Tom Cruise ($43 million)
Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million)
Salman Khan ($37 million)
Akshay Kumar ($35.5 million).
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I and B) constituted a 40-member 'Preview committee’ for the International Film Festival of India 2017.
Vivek Agnihotri has been chosen as the convenor of the committee.
The I and B Ministry constituted a new 13-member steering committee and a 12-member technical committee headed by Jahnu Barua and Nagesh Kukunoor respectively.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is scheduled to be held in Goa from 20 to 28 November 2017.
Shri Prasoon Joshi is appointed as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification.
He will serve for a period of three years.
He replaces Pahlaj Nihalani.
He is the Winner of two National Awards and three Filmfare Awards, Prasoon Joshi is also the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific).
Dev Anand Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is to be honored by a leading educational organization for making a “transformative and positive” difference for the future of Asia and the world won the Asia Society Game Changers Award.
His “#lionheart” campaign raised over USD 2,50,000 in support of India’s millions of homeless children.
He became popular with his debut film Slumdog Millionaire, will be felicitated with the Asia Society 2017 Asia Game Changers Award at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations, New York, in November 2017.
India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018, the biggest theatre celebration of the world.
The eight edition of the greatest carnival will start from February 17-April 08, 2018.
The Theatre Olympics will take place simultaneously in various cities across the country.
There will be five hundred plays and seven hundred ambience performances from across the world.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an exhibition of artworks at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
He also received the first copies of two Coffee Table books ‘Images and Impressions' Profile and Persona of Pranab Mukherjee’ and ‘Pranab Mukherjee 100 Frames’ from the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi who formally released these books.
Sahapedia, an open online resource on Indian arts in partnership jointly launched a fellowship programme partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The fellowships, available in two variants namely the Sahapedia Project Fellowship (SPF) and the Sahapedia Research Fellowship (SRF) gives the applicants the option of participating either at the level of primary documentation or in the content curation process.
The aim of Sahapedia is to provide as much of the vast and diverse body of cultural knowledge in India as possible, especially about the lesser known practices and traditions in India.
Popular Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities’ list.
Salman Khan at the 71st spot with $37 million earned in 2016-2017.
Akshay Kumar is at 80th position with $35.5 million.
Top three names in the list are-
Sean Combs with the pay of $130 Million (Musicians),
Beyonce Knowles with the pay of $105 Million (Musicians),
J.K. Rowling with the pay of $95 Million (Authors).
Poet and essayist Haraprasad Das conferred with Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF).
This year the KLF introduced two new awards namely the Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Karubaki Award.
The Kalinga International Literary Award was received by Anand Neelakantan for his contribution towards literature, and the Kalinga Karubaki Award was given to Paramita Satpathy for her contribution to Odia poetry.
Telugu poet and writer Cingireddi Narayana Reddy passed away.
He is Jnanpith awardee and also the country’s third-highest civilian honor, Padma Vibhushan.
He also served as Vice-Chancellor of Telugu University and held important academic and administrative positions in the state.
Bengali actor, Soumitra Chatterjee conferred with the France's highest civilian honor, the Legion of Honour.
The award will be presented by the Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler.
After 30 years of Satyajit Ray got the same honor by the French President Francois Mitterrand in 1987.
The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” authored by Arundhati Roy released recently.
It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton from the United Kingdom and Penguin India.
Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work.
The Panchayati Raj Secretary J S Mathur released a handbook and module on safe child program at a function in New Delhi.
The book contains child rights and the role of panchayat members.
Fifty percent village panchayats are headed by women in the country and therefore it should be easy for them to prevent abuse of children.