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The US embassy posted the video on their official social handles

The US Embassy in India, Thursday, released a mesmerizing rendition of India’s national song ‘Vande Mataram’ to mark the country’s 74th Republic Day.

The embassy’s posted the video on their official twitter handle with the message: “Happy 74th Republic Day, India! We are celebrating #RepublicDay with a rendition of India’s national song Vande Mataram! US Officers Raghavan (flute) & Stephanie (guitar) team up with @pavithra_chari, singer featured on a 2023 #GRAMMYs nominated album.”

The beautiful rendition featured US diplomats on the instruments, US officer Raghavan is playing the flute while Stephanie is on the guitar.

‘Vande Mataram’ song is a poem written in sanskritised Bengali by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in the 1870s. The song played a pivotal role in India’s independence struggle and later the first two verses of the song were adopted as the National Song of India in October 1937.

Republic Day celebrations kicked off in the national capital today with President Droupadi Murmu unfurling the national flag on Kartavya Path to mark the occasion.

The festivities are being celebrated with patriotic fervor across the nation and a grand parade is currently underway in the nation’s capital city to mark the occasion.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the nation on the 74th Republic Day.

Tweeting in Hindi, PM Modi said this Republic Day was very special as its being celebrated during the “Amrit Mahotsav” of the India’s independence.

“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of independence.

In his tweet, the Prime Minister he wished that India moved forward and one united force to the fulfill dreams of the country’s great freedom fighters. Modi then wished all fellow Indians a Happy Republic Day.

President Droupadi Murmu also addressed the nation on the eve of the 74th Republic Day.

In her message to the nation, President Murmu extended her hearty greetings to all the Indians living in the country and abroad. She said that when we celebrate Republic Day, we celebrate what we have achieved together as a nation.

The President hailed India’s G20 presidency, terming it as an opportunity to promote democracy and multilateralism.

India declared itself a sovereign, democratic, and republic state on January 26, 1950, two months after the Constituent Assembly drafted the Indian Constitution on November 26, 1949.

This year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the chief guest for the occasion.

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Amitabh Bachchan to receive Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar award, AR Rahman, Randeep Hooda to be honored

Amitabh Bachchan is set to be awarded the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar, while AR Rahman and Randeep Hooda will also receive honors

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Amitabh Bachchan, with multiple awards to his name, is a household name in the Indian cinema industry. He has been invited to receive the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Puruskar soon, which would add another feather to his cap.

Every year, this prestigious award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the country, its citizens, and society. AR Rahman and Randeep Hooda are also named along with him to accept the award.

The Mangeshkar family announced in a press release that Amitabh Bachchan would get the esteemed Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award. This award honours those who have had a significant influence on society and was established in memory of Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away in 2022.

On April 24, the day they pay tribute to their late father, theater and music icon Deenanath Mangeshkar, 81-year-old Bachchan will get the award.

The award was previously given to Asha Bhosle, the sister of Lata Mangeshkar, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2023. The press announcement also revealed that A R Rahman, for his outstanding contributions to Indian music, will be awarded the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar. In addition, Randeep Hooda will receive the Vishesh Puraskar in recognition of his outstanding contributions to film.

The award for exceptional social work will also be awarded to the non-profit organization, the Deepstambh Foundation Manobal. Furthermore, the drama Galib, which is produced by Malhar and Vajreshwari under the Ashtavinayak Prakashit banner, is going to be awarded the title of finest drama of the year.

The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar (Vagvilasini Puraskar) will be given to Marathi author Manjiri Phadke in recognition of her outstanding contributions to literature. In addition, Ashok Saraf and Padmini Kolhapure will be awarded the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar for their outstanding contributions to the film industry.

Other awardees include Atul Parchure for his commitment to theater and drama, Bhau Torsekar for his editing services, and Roopkumar Rathod for his exceptional contributions to music. According to the press release, Asha Bhosle will give the awards to the meritorious honorees, while Hridaynath Mangeshkar will preside over the event.

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IPL 2024: Jos Buttler’s unbeaten century helps Rajasthan Royals chase down 224 against Kolkata Knight Riders

Rajasthan Royals were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

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Rajasthan Royals pulled off Indian Premier League’s biggest run chase to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by two wickets on Tuesday. KKR were asked to bat first and rode on Sunil Narine’s 56-ball 109 to take their team to a respectable total of 223/6 in 20 overs. In response, RR were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

The England captain began the last over hitting a six off the first ball, he then had to turn down runs off the next 4 balls, thus bringing the equation down to Rajasthan Royals needing 3 runs to win off the last 2 balls. Buttler then hobbled 2 runs off the 2nd last ball of the match and took a single off the last delivery and thus took RR to a record-equalling run chase.

Earlier the Kolkata Knight Riders were asked to bat first on a fresh pitch, Narine blasted a 49-ball 100 to lead KKR’s innings in this match at Eden Gardens. It was a one-man show from KKR as Narine (109 off 56) took his team till the 18th over, forging a 85 run partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) and then adding 51 runs along with Andre Russell (13). KKR reached a score of 223/6 in 20 overs batting first.

KKR’s bowling attack could not go unnoticed as the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine both shone to help keep the home side in the fight, but the effort seemed to be in vain. It was merely a case of who wanted to win more on the match day. And Buttler showed that he wanted it the most, as he led Rajasthan Royals to a historic run-chase, the biggest successful run-chase in the history of the IPL.

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Vikrant Massey’s 12th Fail to release in over 20,000 screens in China

Vidhu Vinod Chopra-helmed 12th Fail is all set to release in China soon

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Vikrant Massey starrer 12th is scheduled to realse in China. Vikrant and Medha Shankr, who played the main lead in the film, are excited and looking forward to it.

During a recent interview, Vikrant said, it is too early to say that if he is going to China or not for film’s promotion. However, he said he is really excited that something like this has happened after a long time, but it is too early to talk about that.

Aamir Khan had earlier visited China to promote his movie Dangal and 3 Idiots, which was likewise quite successful film across the country.

Additionally, Vikrant said that the makers of 12th Fail had been preparing for its distribution in China for some time. He also said that the film will be released in China in more than 20,000 screens.

He said, after several months of development, the news has finally surfaced, and everyone is aware that the film will be released in China. In China, there is a great appetite for Hindi or Indian films. Over 20,000 screens are available for 12th Fail. The quantity of screens is a result of China’s strong entertainment industry, he said.

Meanwhile, last week, 12th Fail also accomplished an incredible feat. It is the first film in 23 years to have shown in theaters for a full 25 weeks. In the Indian film industry, this landmark is referred to as a silver jubilee and denotes remarkable public response and ongoing popularity.

In order to show his appreciation, Massey posted a unique poster on social media that marked the event. He captioned the images, first film in 23 years to achieve this milestone. He also added that they are grateful to the audiences for realizing their dream.

The film is based on the same-titled book published in 2019 that tells the story of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma’s early years and hardships.

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