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PERSONS IN NEWS - March 2023

Mar 2023

Sep 23, 2023

IAF Plans for Six more 'Netra' Early Warning Aircraft

  • The Air Force is planning to induct more of the 'Netra' early warning and control aircraft to its fleet, in a show of confidence in the indigenous system that demonstrated its capabilities to track enemy aircraft and direct quick responses during the Balakot operations in 2019.
  • As per reports, six additional aircraft are being planned to be acquired by the Air Force as part of a $1 billion plan to add force multipliers in the Air Force. The Netra system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which is also working on a next generation Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS India) programme.

Sep 22, 2023

Akhil Mishra, '3 Idiots' Fame Actor, Passes Away

  • Actor Akhil Mishra, best known for his role in 3 Idiots, died. He was 67.
  • Akhil Mishra played the librarian, Dubey, in 3 Idiots and had some comical scenes in the film. He has also been part of films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Well Done Abba, Calcutta Mail and Shah Rukh Khan's Don. On television, he has been part of shows like Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se, Uttaran, Pardes Mein Mila Koi Apna and Shrimaan Shrimati among others.

Bharatanatyam Exponent Saroja Vaidyanathan Dies

  • Bharatanatyam dancer Saroja Vaidyanathan died, after battling cancer, at the age of 86.
  • The classical dancer was conferred the Padma Shri in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013. Vaidyanathan was known for her extensive contribution to Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music in the form of 10 full-length ballets and nearly 2,000 choreographies.
  • Vaidyanathan also wrote books, including 'The Science of Bharatanatyam and The Classical Dances of India', 'Bharatanatyam– An In-Depth Study'.

Sep 18, 2023

Karachi's Erica Robin First Miss Universe Pakistan 2023

  • Erica Robin, a model from Karachi was crowned 'Miss Universe Pakistan 2023', becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win the title. Four other models from different parts of the country participated in the beauty pageant, including Hira Inam from Lahore, Jessical Wilson from Rawalpindi, Pakistani-American Malika Alvi from Pennsylvania, and Sabrina Wasim. Jessica Wilson, a cyber security engineer was named first runner-up, while Hira Inam, Malyka Alvi and Sabrina Wasim were the rest of the finalists.
  • Robin will be the official representative of Pakistan at the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to be held in El Salvador later this year. Pakistan will be sending five models to compete in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant.

Gita Mehta, Author and Naveen Patnaik's Sister Passes Away

  • Eminent writer, journalist, and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's elder sister Gita Mehta passed away at the age of 80.
  • An eminent author, documentary filmmaker, and journalist, Gita Mehta was the elder sister of Naveen Patnaik and businessman Prem Patnaik.
  • In 1979, Gita wrote her first book 'Karma Cola', a collection of essays on Indian spirituality and the perception of the Western world about it.
  • In 1989, she wrote her first novel 'Raj' where she discussed India's colourful history and culture against the backdrop of the Indian colonial past. 'Snakes And Ladder' written by Gita is among the most seminal work.
  • In January 2019, the government of India awarded her Padma Shri in the field of literature and education, which she declined saying it may be misconstrued due to the timing of the award as it had come just before the general election.

Sep 15, 2023

Actor Rio Kapadia Passes Away

  • In an unfortunate development, renowned actor Rio Kapadia, who has worked in movies including Chak De India, Dil Chahta Hai and Happy New Year among others passed away. He was 66.
  • With a career spanning nearly three decades, Kapadia was also a model and acted in several hit TV shows.
  • In 2013, he earned accolades for his portrayal of King Gandhar in the epic serial 'Mahabharat'.

Sep 13, 2023

Noted Rudra Veena Exponent, Ustad Ali Zaki Hader Passes Away

  • Noted Rudra veena exponent, Ustad Ali Zaki Hader, passed away in New Delhi. He was 50. Disciple of Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ali Zaki Hader was the last exponent of the Khandarbani (Khandaharbani) style of the Jaipur Beenkar gharana of Dhrupad. With his untimely demise, this ancient tradition of Rudra veena came to an abrupt and tragic end.
  • Rudra veena is a sizable plucked string instrument employed in Hindustani music, particularly in the style of music known as dhrupad.
  • It is one of the main veena kinds used in Indian classical music and is renowned for its deep bass resonance.
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