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Bappi Lahiri, Kumar Sanu gets lifetime deed awards from Bengal

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The lifetime achievement award was honored to Veteran music composer Bappi Lahiri and singer Kumar Sanu by the west Bengal government on Monday.

Lahiri thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who handed over the award at the inauguration of the annual Bangla Sangeet Mela.

Sanu could not be present, and was given the award in absentia.

The Bishesh Sangeet Samman was awarded to Dwijen Mukhyopadhyay, Ajoy Chakraborty and Sandhya Mukherjee.

Shantanu Moitra was honoured with Maha Sangeet Samman along with Mohammad Aziz, Kumar Bose and Shibaji Chattopadhyay.

Sriradha Bandyopadhyay, Dileep Kumar Bose, Fakir Alamgir, and Nachiketa were given Special Sangeet Samman.

Banerjee said that over 6,000 artistes will perform across 10 venues during the Bangla Sangeet Mela between December 15 and 21.

 

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COVID-19 lockdown: Salman Khan deposits money into accounts of ‘Radhe’ crew

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Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Despite shoot being stalled owing to the pan-India lockdown, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has deposited money into the bank accounts of the crew of his forthcoming movie “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”.

Money has been deposited into the accounts of all workers who were supposed to be part of the unit between March 26 and April 2.

Confirming the news, makeup artist Subhash Kapoor told news portal Spotboye: “What a great thing to do. I thank Salman sir from the bottom of my heart. Times are so tough.”

Salman’s gesture follows his decision to extend help to 25,000-odd daily wage workers of the film industry whose lives have been affected by the lockdown.

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Julie Bennett dies voice actress for Yogi Bear and Spider Man

She lent her voice to the character of Cindy Bear on “The Yogi Bear Show” from 1961 to 1962, and later reprised her character for a 1964 spin-off film titled “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear”.

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Los Angeles, April 3 : Julie Bennett, actress who voiced cartoon character Yogi Bear’s love interest has passed away from coronavirus complications. She was 88.

Bennett died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here on March 31, her agent and friend Mark Scroggs confirmed, according to a report in aceshowbiz.com.

Bennett started her acting career with on screen appearances in 1950s series like “Adventures of Superman”, “Leave It to Beaver”, “Highway Patrol”, and “The George Burns” and “Gracie Allen Show”, before discovering her talent as a voiceover artist, beginning with 1960’s “The Bullwinkle Show”.

She lent her voice to the character of Cindy Bear on “The Yogi Bear Show” from 1961 to 1962, and later reprised her character for a 1964 spin-off film titled “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear”.

She continued to voice Cindy in projects, such as “Yogi’s Gang”, “Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics” in 1977, and “The New Yogi Bear Show” in 1988.

Her other animation credits include names like “The Huckleberry Hound Show”, “The Bugs Bunny Show”, “Mister Magoo”, “The Real Ghostbusters”, and “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”.

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Aamir Khan trends after Babita Phogat’s tweet, wrestler clarifies

Aamir’s 2016 release “Dangal” was an all-time blockbuster that narrated the story of the Phogat sisters Babita and Geeta, who were coached into becoming champions by their ex-wrestler father Mahavir Phogat.

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Mumbai, April 3 : Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan started trending on Twitter early on Friday for no rational reason. It all started after netizens noticed a cryptic tweet by Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Babita Phogat, which she posted late on Thursday night.

A section of Twitterati felt Phogat’s words were objectionable. Also, replying to the tweet, some users said that Babita’s claim to fame was Aamir Khan’s “Dangal”, and that people hardly knew her before that film. As a result, the actor-filmmaker’s name started trending on Twitter.

Aamir’s 2016 release “Dangal” was an all-time blockbuster that narrated the story of the Phogat sisters Babita and Geeta, who were coached into becoming champions by their ex-wrestler father Mahavir Phogat.

Even as a section of netizens were being critical of Babita Phogat, the wrestler tweeted a clarification. She said her tweet was aimed at denouncing the acts of those people who are attacking the police, doctors and nurses across the country.

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