The year 2011 has really been a sad year for Indian legends with many famous Indian personalities left us for their heavenly abode in this year. These are the Indian legends whose contribution to their respective fields can not be forgotten and will always be remembered in the time to come.
Bollywood Actor Dev Anand [Born 26 September 1923 – Died 3 December 2011]
Veteran bollywood actor Dev Anand died on 3rd December 2011 following a cardiac arrest in London. He has acted in almost 115 Hindi films out of which 110 had him in the lead role. His bollywood career spanned a long 65 years. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan award in 2001 by Govt. of India and Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2002 for his overall contribution to Indian cinema.
Indian Lyricist, Singer, Musician, Poet and Film Maker Bhupen Hazarika [Born 8 September 1926 – Died 5 November, 2011]
Bhupen Hazarika was famous Indian musician, poet, singer, lyricist and film maker from Assam. He died on 5 November 2011 following a multi-organ failure. His songs which were primarlily written and sung in the Assamese language by himself have been translated and sung in many other Indian languages including Hindi and Bengali. He is acknowledged widely in the Hindi film industry for introducing Hindi film to the sounds and folk music of Assam and Northeast India.
Indian Ghazal Singer and Composer Jagjit Singh [Born 8 February 1942 – Died 10 October 2011]
Famous Indian Ghazal singer, composer and music director Jagjit Singh died on 10 October 2011 following a brain hemorrhage. He was used to referred to as King of Ghazals and he was recipient of Padma Bhushan award. Unlike other traditional Ghazal Singers in India, he was more experimental and never hesitated to sing for films. He sang for films like Prem Geet, Saath Saath and Arth during 80s. His overall work is spread over more than 65 filmy and non-filmy albums.
Cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi [Born 5 January 1941 – Died 22 September 2011]
Famous Indian cricketer and former captain of Indian cricket team, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi aka M.A.K. Pataudi aka Tiger Pataudi died on 22 September 2011 following an acute lung infection. He was the ninth Nawab of Pataudi until 1971. Recipients of Arjuna Award and Padam Shri award, Pataudi played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975, scoring 2,793 runs at a Test batting average of 34.91, including 6 Test centuries.
Indian Film Actor and Director Shammi Kapoor [Born 21 October 1930 – Died 14 August 2011]
Famous bollywood actor and director Shammi Kapoor died on 14 August 2011 following a kidney failure. He was the leading and one of the most famous star of bollywood from late 1950s to early 1970s. He was the recipient of filmfare award for the best actor as well as best supporting actor in the years 1968 and 1982 respectively. Making his debut with film Jeevan Jyoti, he acted in many famous hit Hindi films like Dil Deke Dekho, Rajkumar, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, Andaz, Tumsa Nahin Dekha etc.
Indian Painter Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F. Husain) [Born 17 September 1915 – Died 9 June 2011]
Famous painter of Indian origin and widely regarded as the “Picasso of India”, M. F. Husain died on 9 June 2011 following a heat attack. He was more of a self-taught artist and he even painted cinema hoardings during his initial days. He has been in centre of many controversies during his life-time including that of painting Hindu deities unclothed and in sexually suggestive poses.
Indian Vocalist and Classical Singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi [ Born 4 February 1922 – Died 24 January 2011]
Famous Indian vocalist and classical singer and member of Kirana Gharana Pandit Bhimsen Joshi died on 24 January 2011. He was the recipient of the Bharat Ratna award (the highest civilian honour) in the year 2008. He was famous for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). Joshi sang for several films, including “Basant Bahar” (1956) with Manna Dey, Birbal My Brother (1973) with Pandit Jasraj, and Kannada films like Sandhya Raaga and Nodi Swami Naavu Irodhu Heege. He also sang for the films Tansen (1958) and Ankahee (1985).
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