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Ustad Zakir Hussain, a renowned name in the world of music and ragas, does not need introduction either in India or abroad. He is one of the legendary tabla players in the world who has the capability to flow a river by the ragas and talas of his music concerts. Indeed his music concerts are unique, and can?t be believed unless it is felt and experienced directly by the onlookers. This gifted musical and rare personality was born on March 9, 1951 in Mumbai to the royal family of Ustad Alla Rakha. His father, who is considered one of the greatest tabla players of the 20th century, was his first guru and remained a life long inspiration for him. Hussain Sahab is bestowed with unusual talent in playing tabla and performing live concerts across the world. With his exceptional performance he has shown his potentials many a times. It seems a tabla not merely remains a musical instrument in his hands, but becomes an apostle of peace and prosperity in the world. His name and fame as an exceptional tabla player not only opened for him the gates of Bollywood, but Hollywood too. He composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor in Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 along with Saaz and Everybody Says I?m Fine. The same year he received National Heritage Fellowship award?the United State?s most prestigious honour for a master in the traditional arts. Zakir Hussain also composed soundtracks for several movies In Custody and The Mystic Masseur by Ismail Merchant and has also played tabla on the soundtracks of Apocalypse Now, and Little Buddha. Extensively contemplated as the chief architect of the musical Movement of the world, Hussain has been a chief contributor to the music and arts. He has done unique service to music and through it has served as the ambassador of universal brotherhood. His talent is really indefinable. For his extraordinary contribution to tabla, Hussain has been the recipient of Padma Bhusan, Padma Vibhusan and Sangeet Natak Academy award.
Karachi, May 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has demanded that a high level judicial inquiry be conducted into the events surrounding the murder of senior vice president in Sindh of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Karachi.
Islamabad, May 19 (IANS) A senior woman politician in Pakistan's port city of Karachi was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants outside her residence late Saturday, a media report said Sunday.
Islamabad, May 19 (IANS) Re-polling in a parliamentary seat started in Pakistan's port city Karachi Sunday following allegations of vote rigging, officials said.
London, May 17 (ANI): The London police are investigating complaints against UK-based Pakistani politician, Altaf Hussain, to see if he has violated UK law.
Toronto, May 16 (IANS) After adapting Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" for the big screen, Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta is working on a script based on Shilpi Somaya Gowda's novel "Secret Daughter" about how two families are bound by an adoption.
Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) Over 1,800 delegates will participate in the first SPIC-MACAY international convention on promoting Indian classical music and culture that begins here May 20.
London, May 15 (ANI): In one of the biggest cases of child exploitation in recent years, an Oxford-based gang of seven men have been found guilty of child rape, trafficking and organizing prostitution.
Islamabad, May 15 (IANS) The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has demanded fresh polls in the entire National Assembly constituency NA-250 Karachi and rejected the election commission's directive for re-polling in selective stations only, Geo News reported Wednesday.
Islamabad, May 14 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, has resigned after her Pakistan Peoples Party faced defeat in general elections, state media reported Tuesday.
Poonch, May 12 (ANI): The Army and Police have busted a hideout and seized arms, ammunition and explosives including four AK-series rifles among nine weapons in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has urged Nawaz Sharif to ensure equal treatment towards all provinces of the country and welfare of the masses without any discrimination, Radio Pakistan reported Sunday.
London, May 5 (ANI): Newly appointed captain of the second-tier England Lions, Joe Root has said that he may have to consult former skipper Michael Vaughan for advice on leading the team.
Patna, May 4 (ANI): BJP national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain is recuperating in a hospital here, a day after he had complained of experiencing pains in his chest.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Talent from the Indian movie industry received awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at the 60th National Film Awards across various categories here Friday. Veteran actor Pran was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award, but the 93-year-old couldn't make it to the event.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Seeking to corner the government over the death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan, the BJP Thursday slammed what it called the weak foreign policy and described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the "weakest prime minister ever".
Karachi, May. 1 (ANI): Pakistan's former Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that conspiracy is being hatched to bring a pro-Taliban prime minister in the country.
Guwahati, April 28 (IANS) People hurled shoes, sandals and empty water bottles at Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain in Western Assam's Chirang district Sunday after he hit out at All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Moulana Badaruddin Ajmal in a speech.
Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" (QSQT) - a film of many firsts - completes 25 years of its release and its lead actress Juhi Chawla still relishes the time spent on the sets and says none of them knew "how the film would turn out".
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 44 injured in three blasts that occurred in Pakistan's Karachi city near offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Saturday night, Geo News reported.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Waving aside plans of remaking the iconic "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" (QSQT), which completes 25 years this April, the film's leading lady Juhi Chawla said she and Aamir "will do it again" if a remake is done.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) The Kerala government did not have to think twice after ace music maestro and Sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan expressed his desire to start an international school of music in the state.
Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) A group of Pakistan's military officers have protested, before a parliamentary panel, the treatment being meted out to former president Pervez Musharraf, a media report said Saturday.
Islamabad, Apr. 27 (ANI): A group of military officers carried out protests on Friday against what they called 'humiliating treatment' being meted out to former president Pervez Musharraf.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Excited at the prospect of a reunion with fellow cast and crew members of the iconic Bollywood film "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" (QSQT), that completes 25 years this April, the film's leading lady Juhi Chawla said the blockbuster was "magic which just happened".
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Sharad Kelkar appreciates the change in perception where people are not categorising actors as TV or movie artists anymore. He is hopeful that the distance between film and TV would end some day.
Agartala, April 25 (IANS) Around 1.164 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs.34 lakh were Thursday seized by Border Security Force (BSF) troopers from a Bangladeshi who tried to enter Indian territory in western Tripura, police said. The smuggler managed to escape.
Islamabad, Apr. 22 (ANI): Pakistan's caretaker government, in response to the court's request for an opinion, has said it will abstain from giving any independent statement concerning former president Pervez Musharraf's ongoing trial under Article 6 of the Constitution and will instead comply with judicial orders in this regard.
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) A two-day event will be organised on the 144th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib to showcase his rich legacy, an organisation dedicated to the legendary Urdu poet announced Saturday.
New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday conferred the Padma awards on several eminent personalities including industrialist Adi Godrej, Olympic medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar.
Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has shown lack of judgment in the past and every step he took backfired, an official who had worked the former army chief has revealed.
Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) Unidentified assailants Saturday set on fire an election office belonging to a political party in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, a media report said.
Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) Two Maoists were arrested from the city and arms, ammunition and some documents recovered from them police said Friday.
Film: "Lessons In Forgetting"; Cast: Adil Hussain, Amey Wagh, Bhanu Prakash, Veena Sajnani, Uttara Baokar, Roshni Achreja, Maya Tideman, Raaghav Chanana, Karan Nair, Anuja Vaidya, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, Parthiv Shah, Sukitha Aiyar; Director: Unni Vijayan; Rating: ***
Srinagar, April 18 (IANS) A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) guerrilla, involved in the killing of a sarpanch last year, was shot dead in a gunfight in Sopore Thursday after his location was disclosed by the outfit's north Kashmir operational chief arrested earlier, police said.
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) With fissures appearing in its alliance with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday instructed its leaders from Bihar to restrain from reacting on the comments from the other side.
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday distanced itself from party leader Shakeel Ahmad's remarks alleging the blast near the BJP's office in Bangalore would help the party in the Karnataka polls.
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The BJP does not want any ally to leave the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), party president Rajnath Singh said Wednesday as speculation mounted over the future of its ties with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U).
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Any terror incident is a matter of concern and should not be seen as political gain, Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said Wednesday shortly after his colleague Shakeel Ahmad kicked up a storm with his remark that the blast near the BJP's office in Bangalore would help the party in the Karnataka polls.
Jammu, April 16 (IANS) A joint army-police team rescued two local youth, abducted by militants in remote and mountainous area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, officials said Tuesday.
Patna/Kolkata/New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Tuesday ruled out a threat to the Nitish Kumar-led coalition government in Bihar even if the BJP walked out, while the latter termed the attack on its leader Narendra Modi as "unfortunate and objectionable".
Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) Playing down talks of rift with ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said there was no threat to their coalition government in Bihar.
Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday said that the Congress-led UPA government failed to provide security to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her official Delhi visit and this exposed her to heckling by Left student activists.
Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) Demanding the sacking of union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar for "vetting" the CBI report on coal blocks allocations before it was submitted to the Supreme Court, the BJP Tuesday accused the UPA government of "misusing" the agency.
Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) TV actor Hussain Kuwajerwala, who is making his Bollywood debut with Rajesh Bachchani's thriller "Shree", looks up to the Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor for acting tips.
Islamabad, Apr 15 (ANI): Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has resubmitted to the Supreme Court his reply in a case of high treason being heard against him.
Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) TV actor Hussain Kuwajerwala, who has come a long way as an actor, gives credit to his wife Tina for his growth in showbiz.
Mumbai, April 13 (IANS) Actor Hussain Kuwajerwala, who is set for his Bollywood debut with "Shree", says it was Rajeev Khandelwal's successful move from the small to the big screen, which brought in a transition for TV actors.
Guwahati, April 12 (IANS) Poachers in Assam have killed 17 rhinos already this year, officials said Friday. The latest carcass with the missing horn was found a day after a trial run of an aerial vehicle was completed over the Kaziranga National Park for tracking poachers.
Pune, April 12 (IANS) The Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy, an international music education institute, was inaugurated here Friday fulfilling a dream by the late actor Raj Kapoor.
Peshawar, Apr. 12 (ANI): Pakistan's secular political party- Awami National Party- which governed Pakistan's militancy-plagued northwest for the past five years is losing hundreds of activists to Taliban attacks, and is likely to be ousted from power by Islamist hard-liners in the May election.
New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): Leaders of various political outfits on Friday gave mixed reaction to a study, which said social media is likely to influence 160 Lok Sabha seats in the next general elections.
Washington, April 12 (ANI): A protein long believed to have a minor role in type 2 diabetes is, in fact, a central player in the development of the condition, American researchers say.
Mumbai, April 11 (IANS) First time director Rajesh Bachchani enjoyed working with TV actor Hussain Kuwajerwala in "Shree" because he feels both of them exude same passion and determination.
Guwahati, April 11 (IANS) Even as the CBI is set to probe the poaching of one-horned rhinos in Assam, forest officials and conservationists here feel that tightening the investigative process and denying bail to poachers will deter them from repeating the crime.
Islamabad, Apr. 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected a request seeking the arrest of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf during the hearing of the treason case.
Guwahati, April 7 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the cases of poaching of rhinos in Assam, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said Sunday.
London, Apr 7 (ANI): Iraq has been conducting more executions now than it has done for almost a decade, according to a global report.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The BJP Wednesday accused the UPA government of indecisiveness, saying it was due to two centres of power in the Congress, leading the alliance.
Mumbai, April 3 (IANS) TV actor and host Hussain Kuwajerwala is set to make his Bollywood debut with "Shree" and thanks his fans for supporting him in all his endeavours.
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday presented a silver trumpet and banner to the President's Bodyguard, the oldest regiment of the Indian Army.
Islamabad, Mar. 30 (ANI): Since the news of Bollywood's beloved Sanjay Dutt's conviction and sentence became public, fans and fellow actors have expressed anger and shock.
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will Saturday present a silver trumpet and banner to the President's Bodyguard (PBG), the cavalry regiment of the Indian army, a statement released by Rashtrapati Bhavan said here Friday.
Islamabad, Mar 29 (ANI): Pakistan's Peoples Party-Parliamentarians (PPP-P) is by far the poorest political party in the country, according to the financial statement submitted by it.
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Come March 30, the President's Bodyguard, the cavalry regiment of the Indian Army mounted on caparisoned and well-groomed steeds, will be accorded an honour that every president bestows on them - a silver trumpet and banner.
Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali comes up with his biography that encapuslates the various ups and downs he experienced in his life.
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) A drug peddler was arrested here and heroin worth Rs.30 lakh recovered from him, police said Sunday.
Srinagar, March 24 (IANS) A civilian was killed and a policeman critically injured Sunday when militants opened fire at two police vehicles caught in a traffic jam in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town.
London, March 24 (IANS) British comedian Russell Brand took to Twitter to help a young girl, Aneesa Hussain, who is suffering from a particular kind of blood cancer.
Chennai, March 23 (IANS) Buoyed by the news that Malayalam comedy "Ustad Hotel" pocketed three National awards this year, Tamil actor R. Sarath Kumar has expressed interest to co-produce more films with the film's producer Listin Stephen.
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The President's Bodyguard (PBG) -- the senior-most unit of the Indian Army -- will be presented the Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner by President Pranab Mukherjee March 30.
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's clarification over CBI raids at DMK leader M.K. Stalin's house.
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) 'Turbanator' Gurpreet Singh Sarin happens to be luckier than Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The young man of Indian origin, who made it to the top 40 on the "American Idol" reality show, says he didn't face any racial discrimination on his journey to achieving a fusion of Indian classical music and western music.
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) 'Turbanator' Gurpreet Singh Sarin seems to be luckier than Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The young man of Indian origin, who made it to the top 40 on the "American Idol" reality show, says he didn't face any racial discrimination on his journey to achieving a fusion of Indian classical music and western music.
New Delhi/Mumbai, Mar.21 (ANI): Maintaining that he was not a terrorist and reiterating that he is a patriotic lover of his country, actor Sanjay Dutt on Thursday said he was still coming to terms with the Supreme Court's verdict to uphold a TADA court's sentence to send him to jail for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Twenty years after the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai, the Supreme Court Thursday upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. The apex court also upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act and sent him to five years in prison.
Srinagar, March 20 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen late Tuesday night killed an 18-year-old boy in north Kashmir's Sopore town, police said here.
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will be visiting Ashgabat Wednesday at the invitation of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Xinhua reported.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) A healthy mix of Bollywood, southern, Marathi and Bengali cinema took away the accolades at the 60th National Film Awards, announced here Monday. Movies with offbeat themes and unconventional treatment shone the brightest.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Actors Anu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia, who have won the National Awards for best supporting actor and actress respectively, for their quirky roles in "Vicky Donor", are humbled with the recognition.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 18 (IANS) Malayalam films did not win any of major National Film Awards, but they jointly secured 13 awards.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Director Shoojit Sircar is "ecstatic" after his film "Vicky Donor" ended up pocketing three National Awards, including the best film providing wholesome entertainment. He says he broke into a "sperm dance" as soon as he heard the news.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 18 (IANS) The master actor that he was, Thilakan refuses to bow out from the film industry even after his death -- a special mention award came his way for the stellar performance in the Malayalam film "Ustad Hotel".
New Delhi, Mar. 18 (ANI): Actor Irrfan Khan has won the best actor for his performance as athlete-turned-dacoit in Paan Singh Tomar at the 60th National Film Awards announced today.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Critically acclaimed "Paan Singh Tomar" was named the best feature film of 2012 in the 60th National Film Awards announced here Monday.
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The BJP Thursday criticised Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement in parliament on the terror attack in Kashmir, saying he should have spoken about the government's moves to counter terror.
Sydney, Mar 14 (ANI): Former England captain Nasser Hussain has termed the axed Australian quartet from the Mohali Test as lazy and disrespectful and said that they will never forget the public humiliation of being dumped.
Sydney, March 13 (IANS) Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels structure of the Australian team management is flawed and suspended vice-captain Shane Watson should have been involved in the decision making process of the team.
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said there were international as well as domestic factors responsible for the prevailing economic scenario, but expressed confidence that the economy would be back to robust growth in about three years.
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) An exhibition depicting the evolution of Urdu calligraphy - one of the most ornate alphabet writings - from the confines of fine print into a high art form was inaugurated at the Jamia Millia Islamia by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the presence of Saudi Arabian ambassador Saud Mohammed Al-Sati.
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) An exhibition depicting the evolution of Urdu calligraphy - one of the most ornate alphabet writings - from the confines of fine print into a high art form was inaugurated at the Jamia Millia Islamia by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the presence of the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in India, Saud Mohammed Al-Sati.
Islamabad, Mar. 9 (ANI): A female lawmaker of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has complained about facing discrimination at the hands of male counterparts.
Jammu, March 6 (IANS) Former deputy chief minister and leader of opposition People's Democratic Party Muzaffar Hussain Baig Wednesday, in a move meant to embarrass the government, submitted his resignation from the state legislative assembly to the speaker.
New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The films releasing this Friday -- "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" and "Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga" -- will bring different flavours at the box office. If "Saheb Biwi..." is a thriller-drama, "Saare Jahaan..." is a satirical take on inflation.
New Delhi, Mar.5 (ANI): One of the Delhi's popular schools - Springdales - will be observing its 58th Foundation Day later this year, and has begun to celebrate the 90th birthday of its founder Dr. (Mrs.) Rajni Kumar.
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The BJP Monday sought to know why no case was registered in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal even after a week while the government was insisting on forming a joint parliamentary committee to look into the scam.
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) While keeping mum about who would be its prime ministerial candidate, the BJP Monday strongly defended Narendra Modi's Sunday speech slamming the Congress.
Rawalpindi, Mar. 3 (ANI): A key prosecution witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case did not testify in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Rawalpindi on Saturday after receiving threats from the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
New Delhi, Mar. 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Saturday lauded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, considered by many to be the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, for achieving a third consecutive victory in his state and enabling the main opposition party to create a new record in the Indian democratic history.
London, Mar 1 (IANS) Four men have pleaded guilty to engaging in discussions in preparation of terrorist acts in Britain, BBC reported Friday.
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The seven-year reign of Zakir Husain College ended Tuesday as Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) defeated the defending Champions in the final of the 25th Zakir Husain Memorial Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here.