Three Personalities from Indian Culture & Entertainment

1. Bhagwan also known as Bhagwan Dada. He was born on August 1, 1913 in Mumbai. His first successful movie was Albela. it was produced & directed by him. Albela became a hit. Thereafter he was producing his movies and he was also recognized as an entertaining actor. He was particularly known for his special style of dancing.
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Bhagwan’s story is the story of Rages to Riches. At one time he had a fleet of 7 cars. He was successful and entertaining actor. He was also a very generous and helpful man.
His important films are Albela 1951, Aasha 1980, Chori Chori 1956, Geet 1970 and many others. He started his career with the film called Mera Badla made in 1943.
But died as a poor man. Many of his colleagues whom he had helped during his hay days shied away during his penury.
2. Birju Maharaj was born on 4th February 1938 in Varanasi. He belongs to Banaras Gharana. His parents Acchan Maharaj and Ammaji Maharaj were also great dancers.
Whenever we think of an Indian dancer who have trained renowned classical dancers and who has also performed throughout his life, that only name that comes to mind is, Birju Maharaj. His performance was appreciated throughout the world besides, he got many awards. These included National award for classical dancer.
Birju Maharaj choreographed some of the song and dance sequences in various films. His most recent contribution is in the film Bajirao Mastani. In this film he choreograph ‘Mohe Rang do’. This has become extremely popular. The song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Pandit Birju Maharaj himself. It is composed by the famous director Sanajy Leela Bhansali. Even at the age of 77 Birju Maharaj is still very active.
3. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the Indian classical singer in the history of Indian music who has achieved maximum recognition and awards is, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.
Many of his albums have become extremely popular. These include Abhangwani, Shradhanjali, Bhakti Sangeet and many more. His awards include Bharat Ratna, Padmvibhushan and others. Without doubt, his singing talent and ability have well deserved the recognition. Commonly he most remember by his song ‘mile soor mera tumhara…..’
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He was born on February 4th 1922 in Gadag- Betageri in Karnatka. However most of his time, he spent in Pune. He died on January 24, 2011 in Pune. A classical singer of his stature can only been seen once in a century.
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The Nobel Laureate


The recent interview of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and its report in the media has created a huge controversy. As most of us know by now that Amaratya Sen is reported to have said that he is not in favor of Mr. Modi as Prime Minister. Further, he gave his reason that as C.M. he allegedly failed to protect the minority community in the state of Gujarat.


Mr. Sen’s eminence in the field of economics is undoubtedly of a high order. Whether his theories have hold any relevance for our Country is all together another question. Most of us are also aware that he does not live in India and has definitely not in Gujarat. If that is the case one wonders about the basis of his comments on the condition of minorities in that state. Does he base his opinion on media reports? Or on feedback provided by the ruling Congress? And has he tried to make any kind of assessment by actually visiting the state?

Of course, there is no doubt that Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra should not have talked about stripping Amaratya Sen of the Bharat Ratna. He has also expressed his regrets, though a bit late. But the question remains, whether Sen should have passed the comment about Mr. Modi (a democratically elected chief minister) in the first place?


The matter does not rest here. Further, Sen is said to have stated that he would return the award if former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpee were to say so. The question that immediately comes to mind is whether Sen was aware of the condition of health of Mr. Vajpayee. And where was the question of dragging the former PM into the controversy when the highest civilian award is bestowed by the Government of India. Finally, in dragging the name of one of Modern India’s most successful leaders (at a time when he is ailing) has Mr. Sen conducted himself as a Nobel Laureate?

These are questions which need answers. I would invite your comments on this issue.

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