Awards and Honours :
63rd National Film Awards 2015
President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred 63rd National Film Awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
- Legendry actor Manoj Kumar was conferred 2015 Dada Saheb Phalke Award, highest official recognition (award) in Indian cinema.
- Baahubali: The Beginning (Tamil, Telugu film) directed by S. S. Rajamouli was bestowed with the Best feature film award.
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi) directed by Kabir Khan was awarded as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
- Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan (Piku).
- Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns).
- Best Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani).
- Best Film on Social Issues: Niranayakam (Malayalam) directed by V. K. Prakash.
- Best Supporting Actor: Samuthirakani for the film Visaranai (Tamil).
- Best Supporting Actress: Tanvi Azmi for the film Bajirao Mastani (Hindi).
- Best Children’s Film: Duronto (Hindi) directed by Soumnedra Padhi.
- Best Child Artist: Gaurav Menon for the film Ben (Malayalam).
- Special Jury Award: Margarita with a Straw (Hindi) directed by Kalki Koechlin.
- Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee for the film Bajirao Mastani (Hindi).
Manoj Kumar has been selected for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015.
Veteran Film Actor and Director Manoj Kumar has been selected for the prestigious 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015.
About Dadasaheb Phalke Award
The award is conferred by the Union Government on person for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. Established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. It is the highest official recognition (award) in Indian cinema. The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees and a shawl. It is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the Centre.
On 24 December 2015, Indian classical vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty was awarded with the National Tansen Samman 2014-15 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Tansen Samman is a national Award given by Government of Madhya Pradesh to the exponents of Hindustani music.
Lalit kala akademi awards
The Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship, also, Lalit Kala Akademi Ratna (Sanskrit ratna, “gem”) is an honour for the fine arts inIndia, given to eminent artists for their lifetime achievements in the field of visual arts. It is awarded by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art, it is the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by the Government of India.
Oscar Awards: 88th Academy Awards
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The Academy Awards (commonly referred as Oscars) were presented in twenty four categories. They are :
Best Picture: Spotlight.
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant).
Best Actress: Brie Larson (Room).
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies).
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant).
Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
.Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay (The Big Short).
Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall (Spectre).
Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone).
Best Production Design: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Best Editing: Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant).
Best Sound Editing: Mark A. Mangini and David White (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Best Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary). Best Documentary Feature: Amy.
Best Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
Best Live Action Short Film: Stuttered.
Best Visual Effects: Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew
Whitehurst (Ex Machina).
Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out. Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road).
51st Jnanpith Award conferred on Gujarati writer Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari :
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award on renowned Gujarati writer and litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari at a function in New Delhi.
About Jnanpith Award
- Jnanpith Award is India’s highest literary honour.
- Its name has been taken from Sanskrit words Jnana and Pitha which means knowledge-seat.
- The award is bestowed upon any Indian citizen who writes in any 22 official languages of India mentioned in VIII Schedule of Constitution of India. Prior to 1982, the award was only given for a single work by a writer. But after 1982, the award is given for lifetime contribution to Indian literature.
Veteran Writer Vishwanath Tripathi was on 27 June 2015 selected for the 28th Moorti Devi Award for the year 2014 for his book Vyomkesh Darvesh. Vyomkesh Darvesh is a lifetime story of Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
About Moorti Devi Award
• Moorti Devi award was founded by Bharatiya Jnanpith and is given away to the authors who have contributed in the field of contemporary creative writing in modern Indian languages..
• Books written in English and all Indian languages are considered for the Prize, which comprises a cash award of four lakhs rupees, a statue and a citation plaque.
Sahitya akademi award
Every year since its inception in 1954, the Sahitya Akademi Award prizes to the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages(23) recognised by the Akademy.
Here’s the list of 23 awardees in various categories:
Poetry: Brajendra Kumar Brahma (Bodo), Dhian Singh (Dogri), Ramdarash Mishra (Hindi), K.V. Tirumalesh (Kannada), Kshetri Rajan (Manipuri) and Ram Shankar Awasthi (Sanskrit).
Short stories: Kula Saikia (Assamese), Man Mohan Jha (Maithili), Gupta Pradhan (Nepali), Bibhuti Pattanaik (Odia), Maya Rahi (Sindhi) and Volga (Telugu).
Novels: Cyrus Mistry (English), Jaswinder Singh (Punjabi) and Madhu Acharya ‘Ashawadi’ (Rajasthani).
Essays: Rasik Shah (Gujrati) and A. Madhavan (Tamil).
Plays: Uday Bhembre (Konkani), Rabilal Tudu (Santali).
Books on criticism: Bashir Bhadarwahi (Kashmiri) and Shamim Tariq (Urdu).
Memoirs: Arun Khopkar (Marathi).
- Dogri Poetess and novelist Padma Sachdev (76) has been chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015.
- She has been chosen for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language and published in 2007.
About Saraswati Samman
- Saraswati Samman is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
- It is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.
- Established: 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
- Sunita Jain’s poetry collection “Kshama” has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman 2015.
- The award was instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991.
- It is awarded annually for an exceptional contribution made by Hindi writers towards the language and his work published in past 10 years.
Bharat Bharti literary award 2014
- Noted Hindi litterateur Kashinath Singh has been chosen for the Bharat Bharti literary award for year 2014.
- It is Uttar Pradesh state’s highest literary award. Annually given by UP Hindi Sansthan. It carries a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.
South Korean author Han Kang won the 2016 Man Booker
- Han Kong won Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘The Vegetarian’.
About Man Booker International Prize
- Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award.
- The award given to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.
- The Man Booker International Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Winners of 61st Filmfare Awards
Best Film : Bajirao Mastani
Best Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) : Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) : Deepika Padukone – Piku
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) : Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female):Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani
Best Music :Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal Mallik – Roy
Best Lyrics :Irshad Kamil – Agar tum saath ho (Tamasha)
Best Playback Singer (Male) : Arijit Singh – Sooraj dooba (Roy)
Best Playback Singer (Female) : Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani mastani (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Film : Piku
Best Actor (Male) : Amitabh Bachchan – Piku
Best Actor (Female) : Kangana Ranaut – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Lifetime Achievement Award : Moushumi Chatterjee
RD Burman Award : Armaan Mallik
Best Debut (Male) : Sooraj Pancholi – Hero
Best Debut (Female) : Bhumi Pednekar – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Best Debut Director : Neeraj Ghaywan – Masaan
Best Action : Sham Kaushal – Bajirao Mastani
Best Background Score : Anupam Roy – Piku
Best Choreography : Pandit Birju Maharaj – Mohe rang do laal (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Cinematography : Manu Anand – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Best Costume: Anju Modi and Maxima Basu – Bajirao Mastani
Best Dialogue :Himanshu Sharma – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Best Editing :A Sreekar Prasad – Talvar
Best Production Design :Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak – Bajirao Mastani
Best Screenplay : Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku
Best Sound Design :Shajith Koyeri – Talvar
Best Story : Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best VFX : Prana Studio – Bombay Velvet
Nobel Prize 2015: List of awardees
Nobel prize is given in recognition of academic, cultural and/or scientific advances and is named after inventor Alfred Nobel.
Let’s look at the awardees of the Nobel Prize for the year 2015.
Nobel prize in Physics
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.
Nobel prize in Chemistry
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for mechanistic studies of DNA repair.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was divided, one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites and the other half to Tu Youyou for her discoveries related to a novel therapy against Malaria.
Nobel Prize in Literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.
Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
Nobel Prize in Economics
Micro economist Angus Deaton has won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare that helped governments improve their policies through household surveys and tax changes.
2016 Padma Awards
Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three Categories viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
This year’s list comprises 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees. Among these awardees 9 are women and 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs (include one posthumous) and 4 Posthumous awardees.
The Awards are given in various disciplines- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.
The Padma Bhushan awardees : Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, sportspersons Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza, singer Udit Narayan, Ram Sutar, Former CAG Vinod Rai, Heisnam Kanhailal, Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Swami Tejomayananda, Prof N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Prof D Nageshwar Reddy, Former US Ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill and Bennett, Coleman & Company’s Indu Jain.
Padma Vibhushan awardees: Filmstar Rajinikanth, Yamini Krishnamurthi, Girija Devi, Ramoji Rao, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Dr Viswanathan Shanta. Reliance Industries founder late Dhirubhai Ambani will also be awarded Padma Vibhushan.
Prominent personalities to get Padma Shri awards are: Lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra
Ramon Magsaysay Award
Two Indians Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta have been awarded prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015. They are among the total five awardees have been conferred with this year’s award which is often regarded as Asia’s Nobel Prize. Other three are Kommaly Chanthavong( Laos), Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa( Philippines ), Kyaw Thu:He ( Myanmar)
Syed Kirmani conferred with 2015 Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award
Former Cricketer Syed Kirmani was honoured with the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in Mumbai (Maharashtra) for his contribution to Indian cricket.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan Award
Tennis ace Sania Mirza was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years immediately preceding the year during which award is to be given.
Arjuna Award: P.R. Sreejesh (hockey), Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics), Jitu Rai (shooting), Sandeep Kumar (archery), Mandeep Jangra (boxing), Babita Kumari and Bajrang (wrestling), Rohit Sharma (cricket), K. Srikanth (badminton), Swarn Singh (rowing), S. Satish Kumar (weightlifting), Sanothoi Devi (wushu), Sharath Gayakwad (para-swimming), M.R. Poovamma (athletics), Manjeet Chillar, Abhilasha Mhatre (kabaddi), Anup Kumar Yama (rollerskating).
Dronacharya Award: Naval Singh (para-athletics), Anoop Singh (wrestling), Harbans Singh (athletics-lifetime), Swatantar Raj Singh (boxing-lifetime), Nihar Ameen (swimming-lifetime).
Dhyan Chand Award: Romeo James (hockey), Shiv Prakash Misra (tennis), T.P.P. Nair (volleyball).
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards 2014: Arunima Sinha (land), Jot Singh (land), Paramvir Singh (water), Satyendra Verma (air), Satish Chander Sharma (lifetime).
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy: Punjabi University, Patiala.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar: Directorate-General of Military Training (identification and nurturing of budding/young talent), Coal India Limited (encouragement of sports through corporate social responsibility), Haryana Police (employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures), Sports Coaching Foundation, Hyderabad (sports for development).
PULITZER PRIZE 2016
Pulitzer prize honours the extraordinary work in US journalism, drama, literature and other areas. It also brings welcome attention and recognition to newspapers and websites.
List of 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners :
Public Service: Associated Press
Breaking News Reporting: Los Angeles Times staff
Investigative Reporting: The Tampa Bay Times‘ Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Michael Braga
Explanatory Reporting: ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and The Marshall Project’s Ken Armstrong
Local Reporting: The Tampa Bay Times‘ Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, and Lisa Gartner
National Reporting: The Washington Post staff
International Reporting: The New York Times’ Alyssa Rubin
Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
Commentary: Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
Criticism: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
Editorial Writing: John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers
Editorial Cartooning: Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee
Breaking News Photography: The New York Times and Thomson Reuters
Feature Photography: The Boston Globe‘s Jessica Rinaldi
ARTS AND LETTERS:
Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer
Drama: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton
History: T.J. Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Poetry: Peter Balakian for Ozone Journal
General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Music: Henry Threadgill for In for a Penny, In for a Pound
Chameli Devi Award:
Priyanka Kakodkar and Raksha Kumar were on Tuesday named as joint winners of the 2015-16 Chameli Devi Jain award for women journalists.
The annual Chameli Devi Award is the premier award for women mediapersons in India.
The Templeton Prize is an annual award presented by the Templeton Foundation. Established in 1972, it is awarded to a living person who, in the estimation of the judges, “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works”.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth who has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than two dozen books, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize.
Gandhi Peace Prize
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014.
The annual Gandhi Peace Prize — instituted by the government of India in 1995 on the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi — is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
About Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
Accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Trust.
Awarded to: Individuals or organizations in recognition of their creative efforts towards promoting international peace, development.
Some of the awardees: UNICEF (1989), Rajiv Gandhi (1991), M S Swaminathan (1999), Kofi Annan (2003), Angel Merkel (2013) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) (2014) .
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award 2015
The government on Saturday announced the recipients of prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, considered to be a coveted science honour in the country. The Ministry of Science and Technology announced 11 awards in seven different fields.
In the biological science category, Balasubramanian Gopal of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and Rajeev Kumar Varshney of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) were chosen for the coveted award.
Jyotiranjan Srichandan Ray from the Physical Science Laboratory, Ahmedabad, was chosen from the field of earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary sciences while Yogesh Joshi from IIT Kanpur was selected for the awards in the field of engineering sciences.
In the field of mathematical sciences, Ritabrata Munshi from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai and K. Sandeep from TIFR Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bengaluru, bagged the award.
Vidita Vaidya from the TIFR Mumbai bagged the award from the medical science category.
In the physical sciences category, Bedangadas Mohanty from the National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar and Mandar Deshmukh from the TIFR Mumbai were selected.
Srinivasa Reddy from CSIR’s National Chemical Laboratory, Pune and Pradyut Ghosh from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, were selected for the award in the category of chemical sciences.
The Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an award given by UNESCO for exceptional skill in presenting scientific ideas to lay people.
Argentinian scientist Diego Andrés Golombek to receive the 2015 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science
World Food Prize 2015
Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been named as the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize. He is founder and chairman of Bangladesh-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) BRAC (originally known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) which is world’s largest NGO.
About World Food Prize
·Established in 1986 by Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug (father of the Green Revolution)
· It is an annual award that recognizes scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food. It carries monetary award of 250,000 dollars.
·Since its formation, 7 Indians have won it. They are Dr Sanjaya Rajaram (2014), Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta (2005), Dr Surinder K. Vasal (2000), Dr B. R. Barwale (1998), Dr Gurdev Khush (1996), Dr Verghese Kurien (1989) and Prof. M. S. Swaminathan (1987)