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Grammy-winning opera singer Jessye Norman passes away

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New York, Oct 1 Jessye Norman, a heralded soprano opera singer who won four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, is no more. She was 74, according to a statement from a representative for her family.

Norman died in New York Monday morning from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to the statement, reports variety.com.

“We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavours addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education,” read a statement from her family.

Norman was raised in a musical family. Her mother and grandmother were pianists, her father a singer, and she grew up singing in church. She was awarded a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C. and studied voice there, progressing after graduation in 1967 to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the University of Michigan.

She made her operatic debut as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in 1969 in Berlin and went on to perform prominent roles, including the title role in “Aïda” in productions in Berlin and Milan, the role of Cassandra in Hector Berlioz’s “Les Troyens,” and at the Metropolitan Opera in Arnold Schoenberg’s “Erwartung,” among many others.

She performed the work of many composers throughout her career – including Schubert, Mahler, Wagner, Brahms, Satie and others – and by the 1980s was widely recognised as one of the leading sopranos in the world.

In 2002, she performed “America the Beautiful” at a service unveiling two columns of light at the site of the former World Trade Center, honouring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the following year partnered with the Rachel Longstreet Foundation to open the Jessye Norman School of the Arts for economically disadvantaged students in her hometown of Augusta.

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After getting ‘ticket’ to legislature, Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

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Mumbai, Dec 1 : In Indian politics, prominent personalities or leaders usually first join a party and then are rewarded with a ticket for legislatures or parliament.

In what is said to be an unprecedented change from the norms, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar got a ‘ticket’ first and then officially joined the Shiv Sena, in the presence of senior leaders, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accorded Matondkar a warm welcome to the party fold while his wife Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray tied her a thread, ‘Shiv Bandhan’ symbolizing her ties with the new party.

Soon after that, she bowed with folded hands and paid her respects before a wall-portrait of the founder-patriarch of Shiv Sena, the late Balasaheb Thackeray and his wife Meenatai Thackeray, at the Thackeray residence, ‘Matoshri’ in Bandra east.

The development came after Matondkar remained in a ‘denial mode’ for 14 months since she quit the Congress in September 2019, and even after she got a ‘ticket’ from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to the Maharashtra Legislature’s upper house.

In anticipation of her joining, the MVA last month (Nov. 2020) recommended Matondkar’s name – along with 11 others of MVA – to Raj Bhavan for a coveted nomination to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the quota of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

Earlier, prior to the October 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, there was intense speculation that she would join either the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party or even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, but she had scoffed it as rumours.

An outspoken person known for her bold stand on various issues, a couple of months ago, she and actress Kangana Ranaut were engaged in a verbal scuffle after the latter made certain remarks targeting Matondkar on the social media.

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

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Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Knighted by the holy fins! I am now a licensed scuba diver… something i have been wanting to do for years, and finally got down to it! My love for the ocean has just grown ever since my first snorkel experience and this is taking it to a whole new level…” Sonakshi captioned the images.

Sonakshi will next be seen in “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The war action film, based on a true story, also stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

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Watch: Former actress Sana Khan goes out for car ride with husband Anas Sayied

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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Former actor and Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan who recently got hitched with Mufti Aas Sayied in a private ceremony with family in attendance, has found her peace and living her fullest with her husband.

Sana Khan in the video asks Anas Sayied, “kaha leke jaa rahe ho tum mujhe?” To this, Anas replies, “Starbucks ki coffee pini hai na tumhe.” The former actress then shares that they’ve finally come out of their house today. She flaunts the Starbucks coffee cup with ‘Begam’ written over it.“Ye spelling wrong hai aapne bataya nahi unhe?” (The spelling of Begum is wrong, didn’t you tell them?), the new wifey questions her Anas Sayied.

“Maine bataya lekin wo bichara bhi kya karta, begum labz hi pehli dafa suna hoga usne” (I told him but what could that poor person also do. He must have heard the word for the first time in his life), he replied.

Sana had also shared a bunch of pictures from her mehendi ceremony. “Agar mera Ishq itna pak na hota toh meri mehendi ka colour itna dark na hota (Had my love not been true, then my mehendi would not have been so dark) @anas_sayied,” she had captioned her post.

Last month, Sana announced her decision to quit showbiz to ‘serve humanity and follow the order of my Creator’. She said that the ‘real purpose’ of one’s life was not to chase wealth and fame but ‘actually for the betterment of life-after-death’ and that ‘it would be better if the slave lives according to the command of his Creator’.

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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