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Lata Mangeshkar & Abhinav Bindra

Lata Mangeshkar

Born: 28 September 1929

  • She is an Indian playback singer and music director.
  • She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.
  • She has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi, Hindi, and Bengali.
  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India.
  • In 2001, in recognition of her contributions to the nation, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor and is only the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to receive this honor.
  • France conferred on her its highest civilian award (Officer of the Legion of Honour) in 2007.
  • She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more.
  • In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.

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Abhinav Bindra

Born: 28 September 1982

  • He is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter who is a former World and Olympic champion in the 10-meter Air Rifle event.
  • By winning the gold in the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.
  • It was also India’s first gold medal since 1980 when the Men’s Field Hockey Team won the gold.
  • He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
  • He also won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
  • In 2014, he joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors.
  • In collaboration with the GoSports Foundation, he will also provide support to India’s up and coming talented shooters through the Abhinav Bindra Shooting Development Programme.
  • In May 2016, the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) appointed Abhinav Bindra as the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent.
  • In the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Bindra finished 4th in the finals of the 10-meter Air Rifle Event.
  • On 5 September 2016, he announced his retirement.
  • On 30 November 2018, he was bestowed with the prestigious Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest shooting honor.

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