Important Events Of August 11th.

1)Birthday of Suneil Shetty (1961), He-Man of the Indian

Bollywood industry. He is a black Belt in Kick Boxing. He

received  Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance

in Dhadkan, in the year 2000. He is the owner of a clothing

boutique named Mischief and a company named Popcorn

Entertainment to promote Bollywood actors touring abroad

for stage shows and/or concerts.He is also the owner of some

hotels specialising in Udupi cuisine (vegetarian and non-vegetarian).

Popularly addressed as Anna  (brother) by his friends and coleagues

in tensil town, he is one of the few original active heroes and the most

respected actors in the biz. He started his career with action flick ”Balwan”

(strong man) and established  himself as an action hero but in the later

part of his career he estonished everyone by his comedy stint in ”Hera

Pheri” and the number of other films that followed. Apart from working

in close to a 100 films already, he is also a successful film producer in

Bollywood city, with  his home production company namely, ”Popcorn

Motion Pictures  Ltd.” He was born in Mulki, Mangalore Taluk,

Karnataka, to a Tulu speaking  Bunt family.

2)Death anniversary of  Shankar Mokashi-Punekar ( 2004),

an eminent literary figure. He was a well-known writer, poet

and critic in Kannada. His novel ”Awadheshwari”, written in 1987,

won  the ”Central Sahitya Academy Award” (National Academy

of Letters) on 1988. The novel is a creative  take on  the political

life in Vedic times.He was a reader in  English at Karnataka

University, at Dharwar. He was born on 8 May, 1928

at Dharwar, Karnataka.He visited Yugoslavia, Bulgaria,

Hungary and England. He translated ”Ramayana

Darshanam” of Kuvempu (written in Kannada) and

”Rutu Samhara” (written by  Kalidasa, Sanskrit poet),

into English.  He received ”American Kannadigas Special

Award” for his work, ”Parasangada  Gendetimma”,

translated into English by P.P.Giridhar.He wrote

”Avadhoota Gita” and ”Gangavva Gangamayi”

which brought him fame and name.The books written

by him in English include,” Tent Pole”,”Paradigms”,

”The Pretender”, ”The Captive”,  ”The Later Phase in

the Development of W.B.Yeats”,  ”Interpretations

of the Later Poems of  W.B.Yeats”, ”Indo- Anglican Crreed

and Allied Essays.”  He wrote a book named ”Hummingbird”

about Kuvempu, a famous writer in Kannada. The legend of

modern Kannada literature, Shankar Mokashi was suffering

from Parkinson’s disease since 3 years before his death on 11

August 2004.

3)Birthday of Kaviraj, Kannada Lyricist, who wrote over

750 songs in Kannada.He won the best lyricist award,–in the

58th Idea South Filmfare Awards (South) ceremony held on

July 2011, at Hyderabad, International Convention Centre- for

the song, ”ghara Gharane” composed by him and sung by

(the winner of  the Best Singer Award for the same song), Shri   S.P.

Balasubrahmanyam,in  the movie named ,”Apta Rakshaka”.

4)Birthday of  Mysore V.Doreswamy Iyengar (1920-1997), a famous

Carnatic  musician and an exponent of the Veena (musical instrument).

He was born at Gaddavalli village in Hassan district on 11 August, 1920.

His father Venkatesh Iyengar was himself a Vainika (Veena player) and

a musician in the court of  Maharaja of Mysore. Doreswamy started learning

Veena from his father and soon became the disciple of  Veena Venkatagiriappa,

one of the foremost vainikas of those days in Mysore. He performed in  the

esteemed presence of the then Maharaja of Mysore, at the tender age of 12.

The Maharaja  liked his performance and  awarded him a 50 rupee silver coin.

The concert of Doreswamy accompanied by  Mysore T. Chowdiah on the violin

became very popular. He  also participated in many  ”Jugalbandis” (performance

by two soloists on equal footing) including other musicians  such as  Ustad Ali

Akbar Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Lalgudi  G. Jayaraman, Mallikarjun Mansur etc.

His style of playing Veena is referred to as  Mysore style. He had composed

music  for a few  Kannada films, notably, ”Subbashastri”, starring  Kalyan

Kumar and  for dance dramas of P.T.Narasimhachar ( Pu.Ti. Na.), a

renowned Kannada poet. Doreswamy died of hepatitis on 8 October,

1997. His disciple C.Krishnamurthy and his son  D. Balakrishna are

the noted  vainikas  of today.

5)Birthday of  Chandrabhaga Devi (1921), dance partner, pupil and

wife of  Bharatnatyam Guru,U.S.Krishna Rao. It was  unheard of

those days for a Brahmin  male or female to pursue Bharatnatyam,

which carried  a social stigma for being the pursuit of  Devadasis.

Surmounting all difficulties,  they went on to become  one of the

most eminent dancing couple in the field of Indian classical dance.

They received  many awards including  Central Sangeet Natak Academy

award. Her travelogue of world experiences in dance, in Kannada won

the second  prize of  Karnataka Sahitya Academy. She passed away on

April, 1997.



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