People’s Arts Centre in association with Vans Music Group, Thane held a function titled Ekach Songadya at the Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai on March 23. The aim was to pay tribute to Marathi actor-film-maker late Dada Kondke who was known for his comedy films. Nilesh Futane and Prakash Shinde conceptualised the show, while Megha Sampat choreographed the hit numbers from Kondke’s films. Several celebrities like Vijay Kondke; President of the Akhil Bharatiya Chitrapat Mandal, Ashok Saraf, Sudhir Dalvi, Viju Khote, Usha Chavan, Usha Naik, Usha Mangeshkar, Birbal, Manmaujee, Shakti Kapoor, Anupama Deshpande, Uttara Kelkar, Asha Bhosle, Jaishree T, Madhu Kambikar, Aruna Irani, Rahul Solapurkar, who were associated with Dada Kondke were felicitated at the event
A book written by Shyam Petkar based on Dada Kondke’s films was also released on the occasion. Pushkar Shrotri and Paresh Dabolkar hosted the event.
MGR fans agitated over removal and tearing of film poster
Fans of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the late M. G Ramachandran (MGR), were agitated, as the election officials tore the posters of his hit film Aayirathil Oruvan in Coimbatore to comply with election code of conduct.
The 40-year-old film, starring MGR and present Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was a big hit and attracts the audience even today. The digital version was being screened at a theatre near the District Collectorate.
Claiming that the posters pasted at public places amounted to violating election code, since Jayalalithaa was acting in it, election officials said that they were only following the instructions from authorities. As the threatre is situated near the railway station, a large number of taxi and auto rickshaw drivers expressed their resentment over the action of officials in tearing the posters in public, which they claimed showed disrespect to MGR. – PTI