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Today, that is, February 16 is the death anniversary of Indian Scientist Meghnad Saha, a pioneer in astrophysics. He was was born on Oct 6, 1893, near Dhaka (current Bangladesh).

Saha’s theory of thermal ionisation, which explained the origin of stellar spectra, was one of India’s most important contributions to world science during the 20th century. It was an epoch-making the discovery.

Saha, jointly with S N Bose prepared an English translation of Einstein’s papers on the theory of relativity which happens to be the first on record.

He produced the famous equation, which he called ‘equation of the reaction-isobar for ionization’, which later became known as Saha’s ‘Thermo-Ionization Equation’.

He first started the teaching and training in nuclear physics in the country.

The first cyclotron in the country was built with Saha’s initiatives.

Saha was a great institution builder. Among the institutions that he built were: National Academy of Sciences, India, at Allahabad, Indian Physical Society, Kolkata, National Institution of Sciences of India.

Shah breathed his last on February 16, 1956, in New Delhi.

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Concert marks Legendary Carnatic Music exponent Saint Tyagaraja’s 170th Death Anniversary

Born in Thiruvarur in the Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom, Kakarla Tyagabrahmam, (May 4, 1767-January 6, 1847), was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Carnatic music

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Sri Rama Thyagaraja Krithis - Marugelara, Youtube

Mumbai, Jan 19, 2017: Around 100 musicians playing veenas, gatams, mrudangams, violins and other instruments, besides singers, rendered the ‘Panchratna Kritis’ (Five Gems), composed by the legendary Carnatic music exponent Saint Tyagaraja to mark his 170th death anniversary here.

Born in Thiruvarur in the Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom, Kakarla Tyagabrahmam, (May 4, 1767-January 6, 1847), was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Carnatic music, including the noteworthy Panchratna Kritis and was later revered as Saint Tyagaraja.

The music concert on late Tuesday saw over 2,000 Carnatic music lovers gathered in the Shanmukhananda Hall swaying and singing to the tunes of the great music giant in Ragas like Sri, Nattai, Gowlai, Arabji, Varali.

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The occasion, which coincided with the beginning of the 250th birth anniversary year celebrations of Saint Tyagaraja, saw the unveiling of a lifesize 650-kg copper and brass statue of the musical genius at the venue, said a spokesperson K. A. Viswanathan.

Incidentally, the day is marked with thanksgiving to Saint Tyagaraja, Carnatic musicians from all over the world unite to sing the Panchratna Kritis as a tribute.

The five gems in praise of Lord Rama – the first which he composed at the age of 13 – are: Jagadananda Karaka, Duduku Gala, Sadhinchane, Kanakana Ruchira and Endaro Mahanubhavulu, set in Adi Talam, with each Raga representing the mood of the songs and meaning of its lyrics.

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On ‘Bahula Panchami’, the day when he attained Samadhi, singers and musicians from over congregate at Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu on the banks of River Cauvery for the annual ‘Aradhana Festival’.

Considered an avatar of Saint Valmiki, Saint Tyagaraja’s compositions are rich in devotional and philosophical content with superior structure, superb handling of the Ragalakshanas and apt choice of Ragas and lyrics. (IANS)

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Missile Man APJ Abdul Kalam’s First Death Anniversary: “Bharat lost its Ratna,” says PM Modi

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Dr.-APJ Abdul Kalam. Image source: www.pc-tablet.co.in

July 27 marks the first death Anniversary of “Missile Man” of India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Venkaiah Naidu Minister of Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting today laid stone for building a memorial at Peikarumbu, his burial site in Rameswaram Island.

“Bharat lost its Ratna,” lamented PM Narendra Modi. “We have gathered here for one of the greatest sons of the soil, Dr. APJ Abdul KalamHe continues to live along with us, said Venkaiah Naidu to financialexpress.com.

The Memorial site will have 3D models of Kalam. On the first death Anniversary, Defence Ministry organized a number of events of exhibitions in the memory of Missile man.

Events included an exhibition on his achievement of life and contribution towards the country. The Exhibition organized by the Defence Ministry was named as “Mission of Life”.

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It was a heavy loss for the country on 27th July 2015 to lose a gem type of person due to cardiac arrest. It is impossible to replace such a great scientist turned into politicians, great writer, and President of India.

Kalam got collapsed while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Kalam contributed to the welfare of nation till the last breath.

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Kalam always believed, “Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough.” He loved children and fought for education related issues whenever he got chance. In 2010, a movie was directed by Nila Madhab Panda, “I am Kalam” showed how an underprivileged child got inspired by India’s erstwhile President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and aspires to grow up to be a respectable person like him.

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Modi commemorates Mahatma Gandhi, posts tweets

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi paying homage at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Martyr’s Day, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 30, 2016.

New Delhi: Today marks the day when Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, died. The day saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to the preeminent leader in the form of multiple tweets.

“Salutations to beloved Bapu on his Punya Tithi,” he said in a tweet.


The prime minister also remembered the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation and urged people to pay respect to them.

(IANS) (picture courtesy: pib.nic.in)