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Too many awards?
Last week, the legendary singer Kishori Amonkar got one more award: the Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement. Resplendent in a black silk sari, the 80-year-old leading exponent of khayal graciously accepted the honour from Dr Karan Singh with the words, "This is one award that I hold close to my heart as it brings back memories of the times I performed at the Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival over the years, " but she was also heard grumbling good-naturedly to her friends about how "all kinds of organisations call up offering to honour me. No, not because I don't appreciate them, but honestly, where is the place to keep all those trophies? I think they must give them to artistes who have big houses. I love collecting books and need space for them too. "
Pink Pig Flying
When Roger Waters of Pink Floyd performed in Mumbai in 2007 as part of his Dark Side of the Moon world tour, the audience waited expectantly for the signature moment: the flight of the pink pig. Sure enough, Waters flew the famous inflatable pink pig over the crowd, specially inscribed with a message for Mumbai: Kafka Rules (a node to the city's bureaucratic craziness) and Get Rid of the Caste System. Well, a few days ago, the Pink Pig was seen flying over London to mark the re-issue of Pink Floyd's 14 studio albums re-mastered on compact disc. The pig first appeared on the cover star on the British band's 1977 concept album Animals. It soon became their trademark concert trope. The heliumfilled London pig measured 30 feet long and 15 feet high and was an exact replica of the original inflatable pig created 35 years ago for the cover photo. However, all hopes of the band getting together again are false. Pigs may fly but bands rarely get together again. Luckily for Waters, he got the rights to the flying pig when the band split up.
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