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PERSONS IN NEWS - May 2020

May 2020

Aug 05, 2021

Dogri Writer Padma Sachdev Passes Away

  • Padma Shri awardee Padma Sachdev, who is the first modern woman poet of Dogri language, passed away.
  • Padma Sachdev authored many books in Dogri and Hindi, and her poetry collections, including Meri Kavita Mere Geet, won her the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971.
  • She received the Padma Shri, the country's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2001 and was awarded the Kabir Samman for poetry for 2007-08 by the Madhya Pradesh government.

Eurosport India Appoints John Abraham as MotoGP Brand Ambassador

  • Eurosport India, the sports activities channel from broadcast community Discovery, appointed Bollywood actor John Abraham as the brand ambassador for flagship motorsport property – MotoGP.
  • Abraham, who's a self-confessed motorcycle fanatic and a eager follower of MotoGP, will likely be seen selling MotoGP to a wider viewers base in India by a marketing campaign – "MotoGP, Race Lagate Hai". Previous to the affiliation, the actor has shared the stage with MotoGP legend "The Physician"-Valentino Rossi and has frequented many MotoGP races.

Aug 04, 2021

Bvlgari Appoints Priyanka Chopra as its Global Brand Ambassador

  • Italian luxury brand Bvlgari appointed actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas as global brand ambassador.
  • In her new role, Chopra Jonas will support the Roman high jewellery house in amplifying the brand around the world, with a particular focus on themes of women empowerment, diversity and inclusion. Bvlgari is known for its gemstone jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories and leather goods.

Kathakali Exponent Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboothiri Passes Away

  • Well-known Kathakali exponent Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri passed away at the age of 81.
  • Known for the portrayal of the negative 'chuvanna thadi' (red beard) characters in the classical dance drama, he also excelled in enacting the roles of "vattamudi" and "penkari."
  • Besides the characters of negative shades like 'Kali', 'Dushasanan' and 'Bakan', he was famous for the pious roles like 'Kuchelan' too.
  • A scholar in Sanskrit and Hindu Puranas, Namboothiri was a recipient of several honours including Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Kerala Santeetha Nataka Akademi Award, Kerala State Kathakali Prize and many more.

Aug 02, 2021

Centenarian Sprinter Man Kaur Passes Away

  • Multiple World Masters Championship gold medallist and multiple Asian Masters Championship medallist athlete 105-year-old Man Kaur passes away. Kaur is survived by two sons and a daughter apart from nine grandchildren and more than 10 great grandchildren.
  • She started athletics at the age of 93. It was at the insistence of her son Gurdev Singh that Kaur started running and won her first medal in Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet in 2007 before she won the gold in 100 m as well 200 m race in the National Masters Athletics meet in 2011.
  • The same year, Kaur became the 100 m and 200 m champion in the World Masters Athletics Championships in the USA and was also adjudged the best athlete. But it was her feat of becoming the champion in the 100 m in the 100+ category in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Auckland in 2017, which got her into limelight.

Aug 01, 2021

Former Minister Ganpatrao Deshmukh Passes Away

  • Ganpatrao Deshmukh, the longest-serving MLA of Maharashtra and a senior leader of the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), died in Solapur.
  • Deshmukh represented Sangola in Solapur district in the State legislative assembly for 11 terms since 1962 across multiple terms and served as an MLA for 54 years.
  • He got defeated in 1972, but again won in a bypoll n 1974.
  • He had won the Sangola seat in the 2014 state elections for a record 11th time and served in the assembly till 2019.
  • Deshmukh also served as a minister in the government of Sharad Pawar in 1978 and again in 1999 (in Vilasrao Deshmukh cabinet) when his party PWP gave support to the Congress-NCP alliance.

Vaidehi Dongre is Miss India USA

  • Vaidehi Dongre, from Michigan, has been crowned Miss India USA 2021 at the beauty pageant. Arshi Lalani from Georgia was declared the first runner up and North Carolina's Mira Kasari was declared the second runner up. Dongre, who has majored in international studies, won the 'Miss Talented' title in the pageant for giving a flawless performance of Indian classical dance from Kathak.
  • Former Miss World Diana Hayden was the chief guest and chief judge for the pageant. There were 61 contestants from 30 states participating in three different pageants – Miss India USA, Mrs. India USA and Miss Teen India USA. The winners of all three categories get complimentary tickets to travel to Mumbai, India to take part in worldwide pageants.

Jul 31, 2021

Iconic Dominican Singer Johnny Ventura Passes Away

  • Iconic Dominican singer Johnny Ventura died of a heart attack at the age of 81.
  • Ventura, whose career spanned six decades, shot to fame after forming a merengue and salsa orchestra called the "Combo Show".
  • The band was considered one of the most significant groups in the musical history of the Caribbean nation.
  • Merengue, which draws on African and Spanish influences, is both a genre of music and a partner dance style.
  • Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic, declared three days of mourning after Ventura's death.
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