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Dubai International Film Festival to Honour Rekha with the Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s a journey of struggle, hard work, and inspiration. Rekha didn’t let criticisms deter her, and her determination finally led her to attain a massive fan following

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Dubai, November 1, 2016: Rekha is to be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival. According to Hindustan Times, “The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region with both Doha and Abu Dhabi having shut shop some time ago.”

It is a proud moment for Indian Film Fraternity to have such an established Bollywood actress on the stage this year. Rekha is one of the most versatile actresses that Bollywood has ever produced. In a period of 40 years, Rekha has worked in over 180 films. She is the perennial source of inspiration for the numerous new generation actresses.

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Rekha started her career with a Telugu movie called Rangula Ratnam as a child artist. She worked in a successful Kannada movie named Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999. Rekha claims that she was not passionate about acting, and it was just a means to provide financial stability to her family.

When she came to Mumbai, it was hard for her to adjust. She hails from South and was not fluent in Hindi. It led to communication gap between her and the co-workers. It was an emotional period for her, as her mother was critically ill as well. In fact, she didn’t match the beauty standards of Bollywood, so she was living on a strict diet.

Her initial experience in Bollywood was anything but good. Criticized for her dark skin and voluptuous body, Rekha broke all the norms set for an ideal Bollywood actress. It was through Sawan Badhon that she became a recognized face in Bollywood. But it still didn’t change the way Rekha was perceived in the film industry.

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Labelled as an ‘ugly duckling’, Rekha didn’t receive much praises for her acting skills. The severe criticism became a motivational factor for her, as she started working on herself. She became fluent in Hindi and started leading a healthy life which involved Yoga, balanced diet and adopting a disciplined way of living.

Rekha, Wikimedia Commons
Rekha, Wikimedia Commons

She was finally recognized for her acting skills in Do Anjaane (Two Strangers), a movie alongside Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha also appeared in other movies with Amitabh Bachchan like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Conqueror of Destiny) and Silsila which ultimately fueled the rumor of their apparent link-up. They both denied these rumors vehemently.

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The movie Ghar (Home) brought Rekha the first Filmfare nomination. She worked in Umrao Jaan and won her first National Award for the Best Actress. A female-oriented movie, Umrao Jaan established Rekha as the most successful actress of her era. She appeared in several movies and won lots of Filmfare awards after that. Even at the age of 62, she is considered as one of the most beautiful actresses of Bollywood.

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It’s a journey of struggle, hard work, and inspiration. Rekha didn’t let criticisms deter her, and her determination finally led her to attain a massive fan following. This journey is one of its kinds, and Rekha will always be remembered as the rarest gems of Bollywood. Rekha’s hard work has been proved fruitful by bringing her accolades from all over the world.

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Indian-born Stanford Professor Thomas Kailath given Lifetime Achievement Award by US-based Marconi Society

Born on June 7, 1935, in Pune to a Malayalam-speaking Syrian Christian family, Kailath graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pune in 1956

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New Delhi, August 15, 2017: The US-based Marconi Society has announced its Lifetime Achievement Award to Indian-born Stanford University professor Thomas Kailath, for his outstanding contributions to modern communications.

“Kailath is the sixth scientist to be honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award for his research contributions, which advanced modern communications technologies over the last six decades,” the Society said in an e-mail to IANS on Sunday night.

The 82-year-old who was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009, is currently the Hitachi American Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford.

The society named after Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), who invented the radio, was set up in 1975 by his daughter Gioia Marconi Braga through an endowment. It annually awards individuals whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity” that inspired Marconi.

The rare honour also makes Kailath join five other recipients of the 43-year-old Society’s prestigious award, including Gordon Moore of the Moore’s Law fame and father of Information Theory Claude Shannon.

The award will be presented to Kailath at the Society’s Awards dinner at Summit, New Jersey on October 3.

At the same event, it will also honour another Indian-born and former Bell Labs president Arun Netravali, 71, with a $100,000 cash prize for his pioneering work in digital video technology, used in smartphones and TVs.

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“The award is being conferred on Kailath for mentoring a generation of research scholars and writing a classic textbook in linear systems that changed the way the subject is taught and his special purpose architecture to implement the signal processing algorithms on VLSI (Very Large-sale System Integration) chips,” the Society said in the e-mail.

Kailath and his students, who together hold a dozen patents, have transitioned a part of their research into industry and co-founded four technology firms, including Integrated Systems in 1980 and Numerical Technologies in 1996.

Intel acquired Integrated as part of its WindRiver buy in 2009, while Synopsis bought Numerical earlier in 2003.

“The Marconi Award is humbling and moving, as it puts me alongside Shannon, who laid the foundation for our digital age and was one of my teachers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), though I do not consider being at his level,” Kailath told IANS.

Born on June 7, 1935, in Pune to a Malayalam-speaking Syrian Christian family, Kailath graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pune in 1956. He went to the US in 1957 to join the MIT, with research assistantship in the Information Theory Group.

He was also the first Indian-born student to be awarded a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering by the MIT in 1961.

Kailath began his career by joining the Digital Communications Research Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research and development centre of NASA in Pasadena, California.

He was also a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the 1960s.

Kailath was a research guide to about 100 doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, including Indian-born scientist Arogyaswami Paulraj, emeritus professor in electrical engineering at Stanford, and whom the Society honoured with the Marconi Prize in 2014 for his work on developing wireless technology to transmit and receive data at high speed.

“Kailath has been an influential mentor to a number of Indian academics, including me. He hosted many of us at his research group at Stanford, even in lean times when federal funding was limited,” the 72-year-old Paulraj recalled.

Kailath and Paulraj are joint holders of the original US patent for Multiple Input, Multiple Output technology that makes wireless networks more efficient.

“While Marconi’s Award recognises Kailath’s achievements at the global level, we in India can take pride in his contributions to the country in advanced technologies,” added Paulraj.

Kailath, who maintained close links with the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for over three decades, was advisor to the Defence Ministry in the 1970s for setting up research centres at the state-run Indian Institute of Technology to support the Air Defence Ground Environment System (ADGES) plan of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Kailath’s distinguished career earned him scores of awards and honours, notably the National Medal of Science from former US President Barack Obama in 2012 for transformative contributions in information and system science, mentoring young scholars and translating scientific ideas into entrepreneurial ventures that impacted the industry.

“Kailath has been an inspiration for generations of Indian students in communications and information systems. Many of them were privileged to listen to him for the first time, when he spoke at our convocation ceremony in 2011,” said S. Sadagopan, Director, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-B) in Bengaluru. (IANS)


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Times Lit Fest presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Noted Author Ruskin Bond in Delhi

Ruskin Bond advised his young readers to become "one's own best friend" and read as many books as possible

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: Noted author Ruskin Bond was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest here on Saturday for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature.

Bond, moments after receiving the award, reminded his young readers of climate change in the course of conversation with writer Paro Anand.

“Nature has been really kind to me. So I think I can give back to the nature by celebrating it. I am not an activist, but I can celebrate it in my writings,” the author said as he took a pause to think.

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“For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we should try and save the planet,” he said.

Bond was speaking to a packed house, comprising of young school children and elderly, at India Habitat Centre here.

“I am not a pessimist so I will not say that life will end in 50 years. I am an optimist so I will say that life may end in 150 years,” said an emotional Bond, whose writings reflect his close proximity to the nature.

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“It has always been my observation that I have written better when I am in the lap of the nature. People have been my stories, animals have been my stories and when I run out of people and animals, I make stories out of ghosts. But there is an element of nature all through.”

He advised his young readers to become “one’s own best friend” and read as many books as possible.

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“Reading books has sustained me right from a young boy to this age. It has always made me feel that life is beautiful,” he said.

Bond also responded to questions from young readers and shared his answers on diverse issues, ranging from the current state of children’s literature in the country to the number of times he has fallen in love at first sight, second sight or at hindsight, for that matter. (IANS)