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Dadasaheb Phalke Award :

Veteran film maker Shyam Benegal was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2005 in New Delhi on September 14, 2007 by the Hon’ble President Ms. Pratibha Paul. Mr. Benegal is one of the. pioneers of the new Indian cinema.

Filmfare Awards :

Rang De Basanti won the Award for Best Film at the 52nd Filmfare Awards ceremony held in Mumbai, Maharashtra on February 24, 2007.

The list of winners included :

Best Film : Rang De Basanti

Best Director : Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti)

Best Actor : Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 1)

Best Actress : Kajol (Fanaa)

Critics Award for Best Film : Lage.Jlaho Munnabhai

Critic’s Award for Best Actor : Aamir Khan (Rang De Basanti)

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Critic’s Award for Best Actress : Kareena Kapoor (Omkara)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role : Abhishek Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Na hhnd)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role : Konkona Sen Sharma (Omkara)

Best Actor in a Comic Role : Arshad Warsi (Lage Raho Munnabhai)

Best Actor in a Villainous Role : Saif Ali Khan (Omkara)

Best Playback Singer (Male) : Shaan, Kailash Kher’Chand $ifarishy (Fanad)

Best Playback Singer (Female) : Sunidhi ChauhanlBeedi Jalai Le’ [Omkara)

Best Music Award : A.R. Rahman {Rang De Basanti)

Best Lyricist : Prasoon JoshiChand Sifarish (Fanad)

Best Debut : Kangana Ranaut

R.D. Burman Award : Naresh Iyer (Rang De Basanti)

Gandhi International Peace Prize, 2006 :

Noted Bollywood actress Us. Shabana Azmi has been awarded the Gandhi International Peace Prize for the year 2006. The prestigious award is given by the London – based Gandhi Foundation.

Indian Science Congress Awards :

On the occasion of the 94th Indian Science Congress held in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) from January 3 – 7, 2007, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave away various awards to some of the eminent scientists of the country.

Jamnalal Bajaj Awards 2007 :

Mr. Yashpal Mittal, Dr. Anand Karve, Ms. Ashoka Gupta and Prof. Michael Xangler were announced as the winners of the Jamnalal Bajaj Awards for 2007 in Mumbai (Maharashtra) on October 16, 2007.

Jnanpith Award, 2004 :

Eminent Kashmiri poet Mr. Rehman Rahi was chosen for the Jnanpith Award for 2004. Mr. Rahi, 82, is one of the most eminent poets and critics of the Kashmiri anguage. His notable creations include Subbuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode ]aren Manz.

Khel Ratna Award 2006 for Manavjit :

Ace trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu was conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 2006 by Hon’ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil on August 29, 2007 at the Ashoka Hall in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

Moortidevi Award :

Bharatiya Jnanpith has chosen eminent Gujarati writer Mr. Narayan Mahadev Desai’s ‘Maroon Jeewan Aj Mari Vaani’ for the 18th Moortidevi Award for 2004 and eminent Hindi scholar Dr. Rammurti Sharma’s ‘Bharatiya Darshan Ki Chintandhara’ for the 19th Moortidevi Award for 2005.

National Film Awards 2005 :

The National Film Awards for 2005 were announced on August 7, 2007. The delay was due to court cases.

The awardees in different categories are:

Best Feature Film : Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Kaalpurush

Best Non – Feature Film : Gaurav A. Jani’s Riding Solo to the Top of The World

Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Film of a Director: Parineeta

Best Popular Film : Rang De Basanti

Best Actor : Amitabh Bachchan (Black)

Best Actress : Sarika (Pareunia)

Best Direction : Rahul Dholakia (Parania)

Best Audiography : Nakul Kamte for Rang De Basanti

Best Editing : P. S. Bharathi for Rang De Basanti

Best Playback Singer (Male) : Naresh Iyer for Rang De Basanti

Best Playback Singer (Female) : Shreya Ghoshal for Paheli

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration : Daivanamathil (Malayalam)

Best Film on Family Welfare : Thavamai Thavamiranthe (Tamil)

Best Film on Other Social Issues : Iqbal

Best Film on Environment Conservation / Preservation : Kannada film Thutturi

Best Children’s Film : Blue Umbrella

Best Child Artist : Sai Kumar for Bornmalata – A Bellyful of Dreams

Best Supporting Actress : Urvashi for Achhuvinte Amma (Malayalam)

Best Supporting Actor : Nasseeruddin Shah for Iqbal

Best Cinematography : Madhu Ambat for Sringaram (Tamil)

Best Screenplay : Prakash Jha, Sridhar Raghavan and Manoj Tyagi for Apaharan

Best Art Direction : C.B. More for Taj MahalAn Eternal Love Story

Best Costume Designer : Anna Singh (Taj MahalAn Eternal Love Story) and Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Black)

Special Jury Award : Anupam Kher {Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara)

Best Music Direction : Lalgudi Jayaraman for Sringaram (Tamil)

Best Lyrics : Barguru Ramachandrappa (Thaayi) (Kannada)

Special Effects : Tata Elexi (Anniyan) (Tamil)

Best Choreography : Saroj Khan {Sringaram) (Tamil)

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Hon’ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil presented the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards to Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar (2003), BJP leader Ms. Sushma Swaraj (2004), Union Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram (2005) and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports (2006) in New Delhi on September 13, 2007.

Phalke Ratna Award :

Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar was conferred the Phalke Ratna Award on April 30, 2007 in Mumbai on the occasion of 138th birth anniversary of Dada Saheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.

Pravasi Samman Awards :

The 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas came to a close with the conferment of the Pravasi Samman Awards to 15 outstanding people of Indian origin associated with different fields by the then President Dr. A.PJ. Abdul Kalam at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on January 9, 2007.

The awardees included Mr. Gopal Raju (US), Lord Diljit Rana, MBE and member of Britain’s House of Lords, Mr. Dave Sukhdip Singh Hayer (Canada), Dr. M. Anirudhan (US), Mr. Billy Nair (South Africa), Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee (Kenya), Mr. Nirmal K. Sinha (US), Dr. K. R. Somasundram (Malaysia), Mr. Kenneth Benjamin (Jamaica), Mr. Sibabrata Roy (Germany), Mr. Syed M. Salahuddin (UAE), Dr. B. R. Shetty (Abu Dhabi), Mr. Moti Tikaram (Fiji), Mr. Abdul Magid Abdool Karim Vakil (Portugal) and Dr. P. Jayaraman (US).

Two of the awardees Mr. Billy Nair and Mr. Sibabrata Roywere unable to make it to the presentation. The annual three – day summit was started in 2002 to give the Indian. diaspora a platform to interact and to forge and revive ties with the land of their origin.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize :

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced the winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize to 11 scientists for their oustanding contributions in various disciplines of science in New Delhi on September 26, 2007.

The list of awardees included Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Pundi Narasimham Rangarajan, Rama Govindarajan, B.V. Rajarama Bhat, Budaraju Srinivasa Murthy, A. Ajayaghosh, Anil Bhardwaj, Upinder Singh Bhalla, Amalendu Chandra, Yashwant Gupta and Pinaki Majumdar.

Prime Minister’s Shram Vir Award 2005 :

Mr. M. Balachandran of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Shram Vir Award for the year 2005 in recognition of his contribution towards production, cost savings and for showing exemplary zeal and enthusiasm in discharging duties.

Yashwantrao Chavan Award, 2006 :

Infosys co – founder Mr. Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy have been conferred the Yashwantrao Chavan Award for 2006.