Vishnu Vāman Shirwādkar & Sandeep Singh

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Vishnu Vāman Shirwādkar & Sandeep Singh

Vishnu Vāman Shirwādkar

Born: 27 February 1912

Died: 10 March 1999

  • He was popularly known by his pen name, Kusumāgraj.
  • He was an eminent Marathi poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, apart from being a humanist, who wrote of freedom, justice and emancipation of the deprived.
  • In a career spanning five decades starting in pre-independence era, he wrote 16 volumes of poems, three novels, eight volumes of short stories, seven volumes of essays, 18 plays and six one-act plays.
  • His works like the Vishakha (1942), a collection of lyrics, inspired a generation into the Indian freedom movement, and is today considered one of the masterpieces of Indian literature,apart from his play, Natsamrat, which has an important place in Marathi literature.
  • He was the recipient of several State awards, and National awards including the 1974 Sahitya Akademi Award in Marathi for Natsamrat, Padma Bhushan (1991) and the Jnanapith Award in 1987.
  • He also served as the President of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held at Margao in 1964.

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Sandeep Singh

Born:27 February 1986

  • He is an Indian professional field hockey player from Haryana and an ex-captain of the Indian national team.
  • He generally features as a full back and is a penalty corner specialist for the team.
  • He was famous as Flicker Singhin media. Singh currently holds a DSP rank in the Haryana Police.
  • He was also the top goal scorer of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament.
  • He scored the most goals and won the Man of the Tournament award in the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
  • Scoring 16 goals, he was the leading goal scorer in the qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.
  • He recipient  Arjuna Award  for achievements in field hockey.
  • Filmmaker Shaad Ali has made a biographical film titled Soorma on Sandeep life. Diljit Dosanjh has played Sandeep Singh’s role in the film. It was released on 13 July 2018.

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