Acclaimed Goan writer, Maria Aurora Couto, passed away after a brief illness. Couto shot to fame for her book ‘Goa: A Daughter’s Story’ and won the Padma Shri in 2011.
Couto helped in starting the annual DD Kosambi Festival of Ideas, a lecture series sponsored by Goa government’s department of art and culture, and also headed the DD Kossambi Centenary Committee in 2008.
She taught English literature in Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and Dhempe College, Panaji, and also contributed to periodicals in India and the United Kingdom.
Captain of India’s Test team after seven years in the position.Kohli led the team for 68 matches and won 40 of them, making him India’s most successful Test captain.
Kohli gave up the Twenty20 captaincy and he was replaced as One-Day International (ODI) skipper in December, with opener Rohit Sharma taking over in both formats.
One of the main highlights of his captaincy included India’s first Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, and leading the country to the final of the first World Test Championship in England last year.
Kathak legend PanditBirju Maharaj died at his home in Delhi after suffering a heart attack. He was 83.
Brajmohan Maharaj or Birju Maharaj was a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers. He trained under his father and guru Acchan Maharaj and uncles Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj.
A recipient of the country’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, he was fondly called Pandit-ji or Maharaj-ji by his disciples and legions of followers, and was one of India’s best known artistes.