People’s Choice Award – Rome

‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ bagged People’s Choice Award at Rome Film Festival. It stars Sandhya Mridul, Sarah-Jane Dias, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajashri Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral.

The movie bagged the runners-up Grolsch People’s Choice award at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ follows the stories of seven girls and narrates the tale of how Frieda (Sarah-Jane Dias), invites her close girlfriends to Goa to announce her wedding, and it all turns into a wild bachelorette party.

AIR programme on Child Labour wins 2015 ABU Prizes

All India Radio’s (AIR’s) Programme on child labour titled ‘Nilkkam Ivarkkoppam’ has won the first prize at the 2015 Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prize ceremony. The programme has won the award under the Community Service Announcement category at the 52nd General Assembly of ABU held in Ankara, Turkey. ‘Nilkkam Ivarkkoppam’ meaning Stand beside them is Malayalam programme.

It has been scripted and produced by Biju Mathew, programme executive at AIR Thiruvananthapuram. The
ABU prize is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the broadcasting industry. The award carries of a cash prize of 2,000 dollars, a certificate, and a statuette.

Santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma honoured with Kala Shikhar award

Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma has been awarded with the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement. Maharashtra Governor also presented the Kala Kiran Awards to Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi),
Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla) and Special Jury Award to Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar (both Shehnai).

Noted personalities like Lata Mangeshkar, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Pt Ram Narayan, MF Hussain, Habib Tanvir, Gangubai Hangal and Dr Girija Devi are some of the past recipients of the award.
The Sangit Kala Kendra was founded by late industrialist Aditya Vikram Birla in 1973 to encourage and nurture the various visual and performing arts. The awards were instituted in 1996.

Nandakumara and Sivanesan honoured in UK with Lifetime Achievement Award & Sangeet Acharya Ratna

Dr M N Nandakumara and Sivasakthi Sivanesan were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award and Sangeet Acharya Ratna Award respectively, for their contribution to Indian arts and music. Dr Nandakumara, Executive Director, has spent virtually all of his working life at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London.

He taught Sanskrit at the Bhavan whilst taking his PhD in devotional literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He commenced full-time work at the Bhavan in 1984 and took the helm as Executive Director in 1996. Sivasakthi Sivanesan has been teaching carnatic vocal and Vina at the Bhavan.

An outstanding performer in her own right, passes on the knowledge of centuries of music through teaching in the
traditional guru-shishya way. The awards were supported by Arts Council England whose Deputy Chief Executive Ms Althea

Abraham M Keita wins the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize

Seventeen-year old Abraham M. Keita from Liberia is the 2015 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize. He was presented with the prestigious award for demanding justice for children who are victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law.

Keita received the Prize from Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee who in 2011 was the first Liberian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in Liberia’s peace-building process.
Children’s Peace Prize : The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch KidsRights Foundation, and is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights.

The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The winner receives the statuette ‘Nkosi’, which shows how a child sets the world in motion.

The winner also receives a study and care grant and a worldwide platform to promote his or her ideals and causes to the benefit of children’s rights. Furthermore, a project fund of €100,000 is invested by Kids Rights in projects that are closely connected to the winners’ area of work in the country of the winner.