This day in history 17 May 2009

May 16th, 2009 - 11:17 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

This day in history 17 May 2009

1912 - Narayan Govind Chitre, with the help of R. P. Tipnis and Cameraman Johnson, produced a 8000 ft. long theatrical film ‘Pundalik’, which was directed by Ramchandra Torney alias Dada Saheb Torne. The entire film was shot in a theatre at Mangaldas Wadi in Bombay, where the Sangit Mandali, a professional theatre group, was performing a play ‘Pundalik’. The film was released on May, 17 in the Coronation Cinematograph at Girgaum, Bombay.

1948 - Chitra Singh (born May 17) is a renowned Indian Urdu/Hindi ghazals singer. She is married to Jagjit Singh, who is also a prominent ghazal singer. They form a highly popular duet team and are considered pioneers in modern ghazal singing. Chitra Dutta was born in a Bengali family. She had no formal musical training, but had strong roots of music in her family. She learned much of her music by listening to her mother’s music teacher.

1951 – Pankaj Udhas was born on 17 May 1951 in Jetpur in the Gujarat State of India, and is the youngest of three brothers. Pankaj Udhas is a pre-eminent Ghazal singer from India. He is credited with bringing this unique singing style where Urdu verses of poets are set to music to the mass audience across the country.

1952 - Shyam Ramsay (b. 17 May 1952, Bombay) is an Indian film director.Films directed - Ajooba Kudrat Ka (1991) Bandh Darwaza (1990) Purani Haveli (1989)

1954 - Preeti Ganguly (born 17 May) is an Indian actress who played several comic roles in Hindi movies in the 1970s and 1980s. She is the daughter of veteran Indian actor, Ashok Kumar. She is best known for her comic role as Freni Sethna, the die-hard Amitabh Bachchan fan in Khatta Meetha.

1980 - Ritu Chaudhary (born 17 May) TV Actress. She portrayed the character, Shobha on the serial kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi.

1983 - Harshad Prakash Chopra (or Harshad Prakash Chopda) is an Indian actor. He was born on 17 May 1983 (25). His height is 5′10.5″. The latest show he has done is the STAR Plus show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. -Sampurn Media

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