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INDIAN SINGER BHIMSEN JOSHI PASSED AWAY

Veteran vocalist and Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passed away this morning at Pune's Sahyandri Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 89.
 
Pandit Joshi was admitted to the hospital following renal and respiratory complications on December 31 last year. A music marvel, who lifted listeners to a divine experience with his singing, Pandit Joshi was born in Gadag, Karnataka, on February 4, 1922.
 
His first live performance took palce at the age of 19 and his debut album on devotional songs in Kannada and Hindi made waves at the age of 22. Apart from classical music, Joshi sang for several films - like Basant Bahar with Manna Dey and Birbal My Brother with Pandit Jasraj, Tansen and Ankahee.
 
He was honoured with the country's highest civilian awards like the Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Maharashtra Bhushan, Karnataka Ratna and Bharat Ratna.

PEEPLI LIVE WILL NOT GO TO THE OSCARS

 
Debutante director Anusha Rizvi's satirical look at corruption and farmers' suicides in Peepli Live is out of the Oscar race despite producer Aamir Khan's best efforts to publicise the film.
 
India's official entry to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film has been left out of the 9 films shortlisted by the Academy. This list will be chopped down to 5 final nominees and will be announced on January 25. Peepli Live beat other critically acclaimed movies like Udaan and Raajneeti to the top spot as India's pick and Aamir Khan has said that he is disappointed at it's exit.
 
"To be selected in a pool of over 50-60 top class films is an honour in itself. You were with the best creative people from all over the world. But yes we are disappointed," said Aamir. 
 
India had a golden Oscar moment in 2009 when Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire swept the awards. American filmmaker Megan Mylan also took home the Oscar for Best Documentary for Smile Pinky. Previous Indian nominations for Best Foreign Film have been few and far between.

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Recent huge installation of digital and 3-D equipment, combined with aggressive cinema openings has meant that Asia's cinema exhibition facilities have reached world standard. That seems to be an recurring message emerging from the three-day CineAsia convention in Hong Kong (7-9 Dec).

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Billing Tops Oz Piracy Campaign

 
 
From the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong, actor Roy Billing will today launch a new anti-piracy message Make A Difference 3 addressed at the Australian public.

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