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Who is the recepient of the Sahitya Akademi Award 2010 in Hindi Literature category?

Uday Prakash

B

Laxman Dubey

C

Nanjil Nandan

D

Mangat Badal

Explanation

Uday Prakash is a Hindi poet, scholar, journalist, translator and short story writer from India. He has worked as administrator, editor, researcher, and TV director. He writes for major dailies and periodicals as a freelance writer. He has also received several awards including 2010 Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his collection of short stories, Mohan Das. Prakash was born on January 1, 1952, in the "backward" village of Sitapur, Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, India. He raised and received primary education there by a teacher. He graduated in Science and obtained his Master's degree in Hindi Literature, receiving a Gold Medal from Saugar University in 1974. From 1975-76 he was a research student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Note: Every year since its inception in 1954, the Sahitya Akademi Award prizes to the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major 24n Indian languages recognized by the Akademi. In 2016 Nasira Sharma got Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Parijat.

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Who was awarded the Nobel Prize for inventing the microchip?

Jack St. Clair Kilby

B

Eric Cornell

C

Carl Wieman

D

Wolfgang Ketterle

Explanation

Electrical engineer, Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit aka the microchip. By definition the intergrated circuit or microchip is a set of interconnected electronic components such as transistors and resistors, that are etched or imprinted on a onto a tiny chip of a semiconducting material, such as silicon or germanium. The microchip shrunk the size and cost of making electronics and impacted the future designs of all computers and other electronics. The first successful demonstration of the microchip was on September 12, 1958.

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Who among the following was selected for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2005?

A

Aparna Sen

B

Govind Nihalani

C

M.S. Sathyu

Shyam Benegal

Explanation

Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976) and Bhumika (1977) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "middle cinema" in India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August, 2007, Benegal was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005.
Note: The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani. The most recent (2016) recipient of the award is filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath who will be honoured at the 64th National Film Awards ceremony.

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Who amongst the following won the Nobel Prize at least twice?

A

Winston Churchill

Madame Curie

C

Octavio Paz

D

George Choupak

Explanation

Madame Curie shared her 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and with physicist Henri Becquerel. She was the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her achievements included a theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms, using radioactive isotopes.

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What is the field in which out-standing work may be recognised with the award of Pulitzer Prize ?

A

Science and Technology

Literature and Journalism

C

International Understanding

D

Environmental Studies

Explanation

The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

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Which one of the following cricketers has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2007?

A

Sachin Tendulkar

B

Saurav Ganguly

M.S. Dhoni

D

Virender Sehwag

Explanation

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) is India's highest honour given for achievement in sports. The words "Khel Ratna" literally mean "sports gem" in Hindi. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. Up to 2004-05, the cash component was Rs. 500,000/. The money has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 750,000. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team and the Chennai Super Kings cricket team. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and a year later played his first Test, this time against Sri Lanka.

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Who amidst the following won the Nobel Prize in Science in two different disciplines?

A

Russell Hulse

B

David Lee

Madam Curie

D

Paul Boyer

Explanation

Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist, working mainly in France, who is famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in Paris' Pantheon. She shared her 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and with physicist Henri Becquerel. She was the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her achievements included a theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms, using radioactive isotopes.

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Who was the First Indian Nobel Prize winner ?

A

Sir C.V. Raman

B

Mother Teresa

C

S. Chandrashekar

Rabindra Nath Tagore

Explanation

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a poet, philosopher, educationist, artist and social activist. Hailing from an affluent land-owning family from Bengal, he received traditional education in India before traveling to England for further study. He abandoned his formal education and returned home, founding a school, Santiniketan, where children received an education in consonance with Tagore's own ideas of communion with nature and emphasis on literature and the arts. In time, Tagore's works, written originally in Bengali, were translated into English; the Gitanjali ("Tribute in verse"), a compendium of verses, named 'Song Offerings' in English was widely acclaimed for its literary genius. In 1913, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the first person of non-Western heritage to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

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Who amongst the following cricketers has been chosen for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007?

A

Rahul Dravid

M.S. Dhoni

C

Sachin Tendulkar

D

Virender Sehwag

Explanation

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) is India's highest honour given for achievement in sports. The words "Khel Ratna" literally mean "sports gem" in Hindi. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. Up to 2004-05, the cash component was Rs. 500,000/-(c.11,500 USD).The money has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 750,000. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team and the Chennai Super Kings cricket team. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and a year later played his first Test, this time against Sri Lanka.
Note: The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna was instituted in 1991-92; the award was given for the performance by a sportsperson in a year. Based on the suggestions provided by 2014 award selection committee, the Ministry revised the criteria in February 2015 to consider the performance over a period of four years. In 2015 award was given to Sania Mirza. 2016 recipients of the award are the badminton player P. V. Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, sports shooter Jitu Rai, and wrestler Sakshi Malik.

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The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2007 was awarded by the President of India to

A

Tapan Sinha

B

Madhur Bhandarkar

C

Dilip Kumar

Kasinathuni Vishwanath

Explanation

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 Patil. Mr. Benegal is one of the. pioneers of the new Indian cinema. Pratibha Devisingh Patil (born 19 December 1934) is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of the Republic of India and was the first woman to hold the office.
Note: The most recent (2016) recipient of the award is filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath who will be honoured at the 64th National Film Awards ceremony.

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Girish Karnad is :

A

A well known playwright and actor.

B

A recipient of Gnanpith Award

C

The President of the Film and Television Institute of Indian Society.

All the above.

Explanation

Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi. He is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He has served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974-1975) and Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988-93).

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Who is the latest 'Bharat Ratna' awardee among the following who had performed at the historic function at the Red Fort on the 15th August, 1947?

A

M.S. Subbalakshmi

Ustad Bismillah Khan

C

Pt. Ravishankar

D

Lata Mangeshkar

Explanation

Ustad Bismillah Khan was an Indian shehnai maestro. He was the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna (in 2001), the highest civilian honour in India and gained worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades. Khan had the rare honor of performing at Delhi's Red Fort on the eve of India's Independence in 1947. He also performed raga Kafi from the Red Fort on the eve of India's first Republic Day ceremony, on January 26, 1950. His recital had become a cultural part of India's Independence Day celebrations, telecast on Doordarshan every year on August 15.

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Who was the first Gyanpeeth Puraskar winner ?

A

Sumitra Nandan Pant

G. Shankar Kurup

C

K. Shivaram Karanth

D

Uma Shankar Joshi

Explanation

G. Sankara Kurup better known as Mahakavi G (The Great Poet G), was the first winner of the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary award. He won the prize in 1965 for his collection of poems in Malayalam Odakkuzhal (The bamboo flute, 1950). With part of the prize money he established the literary award Odakkuzhal in 1968. He was also the recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award, in 1967, and the Padma Bhushan in 1968.
Note: The first recipient of the award was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup who received the award in 1965 for his collection of poems, Odakkuzhal (The Bamboo Flute), published in 1950. In 1976, Bengali novelist Ashapoorna Devi became the first woman to win the award for novel Pratham Pratisruti (The First Promise). The most recent 52nd Jnanpith Award recipient of the award is Bengali poet and critic Shankha Ghosh who was awarded for the year 2016.

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former Indian President, received the prestigious Bharat Ratna award in the year

A

1992

B

1995

1997

D

1998

Explanation

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, studied physics at the St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai. Kalam advocated plans to develop India into a developed nation by 2020 in his book India 2020. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. Kalam is known for his motivational speeches and interaction with the student community in India. Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India or Gem of India in English) is the Republic of India's highest civilian award, for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour.

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Authors in English from which of the following countries are not eligible to be considered for the Booker Prize?

A

Britain

B

Commonwealth

C

Republic of Ireland

USA

Explanation

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe.
Note : Paul Beatty was awarded the 2016 Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout, receiving 50,000 pounds ($61,000), and becoming the first American author to be awarded the prize.

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Sri Arvind Kejriwal has been selected for the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2006 for his important contribution in the field.

A

Formation of Pani (water Panchayats in Rajasthan helping rural people in facing their acute water problem

B

Effective implementation of the "National Minimum Employment Guarantee Scheme" in rural areas.

'Right to Information' movement and empowering citizens to fight corruption.

D

Extending education to children of slum dwellers in Delhi.

Explanation

Arvind Kejriwal is an Indian social activist. He was an Indian Revenue Service official before joining social and political activities. He was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006, for activating India's Right to Information movement at grassroots and social activities to empower the poorest citizens to fight corruption by holding the government answerable to the people. Kejriwal is also a Saathi (fellow) of the Association for India's Development, a Global Impact award winning NGO. In 2006 after resigning from IRS, he founded an NGO Public Cause Research Foundation by donating his Magsaysay award money as corpus fund. In November 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party, claiming that the party's vision was Swaraj.
Note : Human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and Carnatic musician Thodur Madabusi Krishna are winners of the Magsaysay Award from India in 2016.

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Who, of the following, was awarded "Ashok Chakra" on 26th January, 2009 ?
(a) Hemant Karkare
(b) M.C. Sharma
(c) Gajendra Singh
(d) Vijay Salaskar

A

a and b

B

a, b and d

C

a, b and c

All of the above

Explanation

Hemant Karkare Maharashtra ATS chief, died during a battle with terrorists in 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attack. Delhi cop Mohan Chand Sharma -led an anti-terror operation at Batla House in the national capital in September, 2008. On September 19, 2008, Sharma received specific information that a suspected person wanted in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Delhi was hiding in a flat in Batla House area of Jamia Nagar. Leading a sevenmember team, he quickly reached the identified flat and as soon as he entered the flat, he received the first burst of fire from the terrorists holed up inside. Undaunted, he returned the fire and in the ensuing exchange of fire, two terrorists were killed and one captured, but Sharma succumbed to injuries later. Havaldar Gajender Singh - Led his squad in the operation to rescue hostages from the terrorists holed up at Nariman House. After clearing the top floor of the terrorists, he reached the place where the ultras had taken position. As he closed in, the terrorists hurled a grenade injuring him. Undeterred, Gajender Singh kept firing and closing in on the terrorists by exposing himself to the hostile fire. In the act, he injured one of the terrorists and forced others to retreat inside a room. He continued the encounter till he succumbed to injuries. -Vijay Salaskar Maharashtra Police Inspector, died during a battle with terrorists in 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attack.
Note: on the eve of 68th republic day 2017 Presi dent Pranab Mukherjee posthumously conferred the Ashok Chakra on Havildar Hangpan Dada of the Rashtiya Rifles, who laid down his life after singlehandedly killing three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

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Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to

A

Monetary Economics

Welfare Economics

C

Econometrics

D

Development Economics

Explanation

Amartya Sen, is an Indian Bengali economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. He helped to create the United Nations Human Development Index. In 2012, he became the first non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

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Who among the following won the 'ICC Cricketer of the Year Award' for the year 2009 ?

A

M.S. Dhoni

B

Gautam Gambhir

Mitchell Johnson

D

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Explanation

Mitchell Guy Johnson is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He was awarded the International Cricket Council's 2009 "Cricketer of the Year" award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. When attending a fast-bowling clinic in Brisbane at age 17, former Test fast-bowler Dennis Lillee identified him as a "once-in-a-lifetime prospect". Lillee contacted former team mate Rod Marsh and arranged for Johnson to join the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. Johnson fields in a tour match against Northamptonshire during the 2009 Ashes. Johnson subsequently played for the Australian Under-19 side that toured England in 1999, however recurrent back injuries hampered his prospects. He recovered to start his first-class career two years later, when he was selected to play state cricket for his native Queensland. Playing for Queensland against New Zealand, Johnson hit a six off the first ball he faced in first-class cricket. In September 2005, he was in the Australia A cricket team that toured Pakistan. Johnson switched from the Queensland Bulls to the Western Warriors on 25 July, 2008.
Note: In 2016 Ashwin named Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year. He is also the sole Indian to feature in ICC's Test Team of the Year.

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Who won the Jnanpith award for the year 2001 ?

A

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya

Indira Goswami

C

Mahasweta Devi

D

M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Explanation

The Jnanpith Award is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country. The award was instituted in 1961. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the The Times of India newspaper. Rajendra Shah won the Jnanpith — the Indian government's most prestigious literary prize — for the year 2001. was a lyrical poet who wrote in Gujarati. Indira Goswami won this award in 2000.
Note : The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their "outstanding contribution towards literature". Instituted in 1961, the award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English. As of 2015, the cash prize has been revised to Rs.11 lakh (equivalent to Rs.12 lakh or US$18,000 in 2016). The most recent recipient of the award is Bengali poet and critic Shankha Ghosh who was awarded for the year 2016.

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Nobel Prize winning India, Amartya Sen, is known for his work in which area ?

A

Physics

B

Environmental Protection

C

Chemistry

Economics

Explanation

Amartya Sen, is an Indian Bengali economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. He helped to create the United Nations Human Development Index. In 2012, he became the first non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

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Prof. Amartya Sen was awarded Nobel Prize for his contribution to the field of

A

food and famines

welfare economics

C

Indian economy

D

poverty

Explanation

Amartya Sen, is an Indian Bengali economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. He helped to create the United Nations Human Development Index. In 2012, he became the first non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, distinguished fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he previously served as Master from 1998 to 2004. He is the first Indian and the first Asian academic to head an Oxbridge college. He also serves as the first Chancellor of the proposed Nalanda International University.

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In the 53rd National Film Awards, the award for 'Best Feature Film' has gone for

'Kaalpurush - Memories in the Mist'

B

'Rang De Basanti'

C

Parzania

D

Paheli

Explanation

The 53rd National Film Awards, presented by Directorate of Film Festivals, the organization set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 2005. The selection process of 53rd National Film Awards began with the constitution of three Juries for feature film, non-feature film and best writing on cinema sections, which were declared on July 28, 2006. B. Saroja Devi, an yesteryear's actress, headed the feature film Jury, which had eleven other members. A documentary maker and Indian television personality Siddharth Kak headed the six-member non-feature film Jury. The Jury for best writing on cinema was headed by veteran film critic Khalid Mohamed. Kaalpurush or Kalpurush (English name: Memories in the Mist) is a 2008 Indian Bengali drama film directed and written by Buddhadev Dasgupta. The film stars Mithun Chakraborty and Rahul Bose in lead roles. The 120 minute version of the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Although the film was completed in 2005, it was released in India in 2008. The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2006 and Mithun being nominated for best actor category.
Note: The 63rd National Film Awards awarded for best of cinema in 2015. Best feature film award was given to Baahubali: The Beginning. Maximum 7 awards won by film Bajirao mastani.

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Which industrialist has been honoured with Bharat Ratna ?

A

Ghanshyamdas Birla

JRD Tata

C

Dhirubhai Ambani

D

Sir Shriram

Explanation

Jahangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (29 July, 1904 -29 November, 1993) was a French-born Indian aviator and businessman who became India's first licensed pilot. In 1954, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour and. JRD Tata received a number of awards. He received the Padma Vibhushan in 1957 on the eve of the silver jubilee of Air India. He also received the Guggenheim Medal for aviation in 1988. In 1992, because of his selfless humanitarian endeavors, JRD Tata was awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna.

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For how many categories has A.R. Rehman, the Golden Globe Award Winner for original sound track in the film "Slum Dog Millionaire" been nominated at the Oscars?

A

1

B

2

3

D

9

Explanation

Allahrakka Rahman is an Indian composer, singersongwriter, music producer, musician, multiinstrumentalist and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South, in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. In academy he was nominated for Best Original Score, and Best Original Song (Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire - Music by A. R. Rahman; Lyrics by Gulzar AND "O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire - Music and Lyric by A. R. Rahman and M.I.A.