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Unformatted text preview: Important Current Relevant Facts For CSE Pre Exam 2009 • The violinist Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, whose majestic bowing widened the circle of rasikas for Carnatic music, passed away in 2008 after a brief illness. He was 73 year old. Vaidyanathan, who had a long association with All India Radio, won several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri, Sangeeth Natak Academy award, Sangeetha Mamani and the Carnataka Isaignani award. •Mahendra Kapoor who was the veteran playback singer, died after a heart attack in 2008. He was 74 year old.In recent past the Maharashtra government selected him for the Lata Mangeshkar Award for his lifetime contribution in the field of playback music. Mr. Kapoor was born in Amritsar on January 9, 1934, but moved to Mumbai. He was inspired by Mohammed Rafi and won an all-India singing competition early in his career. Mr. Kapoor received the national award for best male playback singing for "Mere Desh Ki Dharti..." in Upkar. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri. "Chalo Ek Bar Phirse...’ in Gumrah won him his first Filmfare Award in 1963. For "Neele Gagan Ke Taley..." (Humraaz) in 1967 and "Nahi Nahi Bus Aur Nahi..." (Roti Kapda aur Makan) he won the Filmfare Award once again in 1974. • Eminent industrialist K.K. Birla (90) passed away in august,2008 at his Birla Park residence after a brief illness, patiently borne.he was Born at Pilani in Rajasthan in 1918.he was Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament for 18 years. . He was the chairman of a number of Birla companies, including Chambal Fertilizers, Zuari Industries, Texmaco, Oudh Sugar and Hindustan Times. He founded the K.K. Birla Foundation, which gives awards for excellence in arts, philosophy, literature, scientific research and sports. His K.K. Birla Academy of Scientific, Historical and Cultural Research is planning a scientific museum. • Nobel prize-winning Russian author and thinker Alexander Solzhenitsyn died in august,2008, ending a bitter and illustrious life journey that reflected Russia’s tumultuous history through the 20th century at age was Age 89 in the Moscow. Solzhenitsyn became famous overnight after his story, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was published in 1962. For millions of Russians it became an eye-opener about the horrors of Joseph Stalin’s Gulag labour camps. The story recounted the writer’s own experiences of spending eight years in Gulag for criticising Stalin in a letter to a friend in 1945 after having served in the army throughout the Second World War. • Alexander Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, but none of his novels — The Gulag Archipelago, The First Circle, Cancer Ward and others, which exposed the cruelty of the Communist regime — was published in the Soviet Union. In 1974 he was arrested on charges of "anti-Soviet activities", deported from the country and stripped of Soviet citizenship....
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