Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Vidya Balan wins Best Actress National Award for ‘The Dirty Picture’

Vidya Balan scored a rare triumph for mainstream Bollywood at the National Film Awards Wednesday night, picking up the ‘Best Actress’ for her role as Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture

The award is the latest in a slew of accolades for Balan whose turn as the beautiful and tragic South Indian siren Silk Smitha has been widely and wildly praised.

The best actor honour went to Girish Kulkarni for "Deool" -- a Marathi film that shared the top prize for best feature film with "Byari", a movie in the Byari dialect spoken in parts of Karnataka.

Dirty Picture" also shared awards for make-up and costume design with the Marathi film "Balgandharva".
The Tamil-language "Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai" was declared the best popular film while Gurvinder Singh won the best director prize for the Punjabi film "Anhe Ghorey Da Daan".

The feature film awards were announced by jury chairperson Rohini Hattangady at a news conference on Wednesday.
Among the honours that came Bollywood's way, "Chillar Party" walked away with three prizes: best original screenplay, best children's film and a shared award for best child artist -- with Partho Gupte also winning for "Stanley ka Dabba".

Shah Rukh Khan's "Ra.One" won the national award for best special effects.

"Game" picked up two of the three awards for audiography while "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" won the third. Bosco and Caesar bagged the choreography award for the ‘Senorita' song in "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara".

Onir's "I Am" was adjudged the best Hindi film while Amitabh Bhattacharya won for the lyrics of the song "Agar zindagi" in "I Am".

The award for best film on social issues was shared by Ashvin Kumar for "Inshallah, Football" and Arun Chadha for "Mindscapes".

- Reports/UKAsian Staff

Vidya Balan wins Best Actress National Award for ‘The Dirty Picture’

The crème of East London’s Music Scene to perform at BEast Live

BEast Festival - Saturday 10th March
Flagship event as part of BEast Fest unites homegrown and international music talent at XOYO, Saturday 10th March 2012
Some of the finest musicians to emerge from East London’s genre-pioneering music scene will be performing alongside counterparts from across the globe as BEast @ XOYO is set to treat industry aficionados and fans alike to a memorable flagship event as part of BEast on Saturday 10th March. The night will celebrate the music created and incubated in East London, from Drum & Bass and Dubstep to Underground, Electro and all forms of live music that have a strong association with London’s creative mecca. 
Hosted by Orifice Vulgatron, the night’s line-up will feature truly world class, and in some case exclusive, performances. Artists on the night: Adam F; Engine Earz Experiment; Riz MC (aka actor Riz Ahmed – Shifty, Four Lions, Trishna, performing his first live date in over a year); V.I.V.E.K (making a rare, non Deep Medi London appearance); Shaa'ir + Func (Mumbai-based, alternative electronic duo performing their only UK date. Shaa’ir is also known as actress Monica Dogra – Dhobi Ghaat), Driving Lolita, Nerm, Bobby Friction, Bambooclart, State Of Bengal feat. Karthik + Sharma (their first collaboration performance) and Nasha Experience.
The event is part of BEast, a year round collaborative project hosted by grassroots, community based organisation, Community Music, which supports emerging musicians working in modern, urban music genres through showcasing, networking and training opportunities. CM provides, seminars for new musicians, free rehearsal space and a series of industry workshops for the youth in London, focusing on music and drawing in representatives from Soundcloud, Sunday Best and other industry professionals to advise young people.
As part of the programme, BEast works with a variety of artists and musicians, from young and emerging DJs, vocalists and musicians through to more experienced and developing artists. Funded by the Arts Council, the project is steered by a creative group including Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network, MTV), Nerm (Shiva Soundsystem/BBC 6Music) and the Nasha Experience. The flagship BEast event is part celebration of the BEast panels and part focus on the rich musical heritage of East London. All of the acts chosen are very diverse in their musical range, centering around the concept of six gigs in six months which showcase the best, cutting edge electronica, live bands and performances.
Comments Maricia Klincke, Managing Director, CM, “BEast @ XOYO is a major event showcasing some of the most exciting music on the East London music scene at the moment. For CM, it is a landmark event in a long history of working with and supporting new and developing artists, beginning with Asian Dub Foundation back in the nineties to the exciting, dynamic artists of today such as Shiva Soundsystem and the Nasha Experience.
The BEast project has also allowed us the opportunity to work with new and upcoming artists and musicians and showcase them alongside their more established peers. We would like to thank the Arts Council for their support in making this work possible, and look forward to developing the BEast Fest in 2013.”
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