Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has once again recommended Pankaj Advani for the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third-highest civilian honour. (Latest Sports stories)Advani, a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker, was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award.”Yes, we have recommended Pankaj for the second year in a row. He is a deserving candidate and hopefully he would get the award this time,” BSFI secretary S Balasubramanian told PTI. (Also Read: Wrestler Sushil Kumar recommended for Padma Bhushan)Advani has already been conferred with a Padma Shri (2009), Khel Ratna (2005-06) and Arjuna Award (2004).The Padma awards are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements, service in fields such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Last date for receipt of the nominations for the Padma awards is September 15, according to a notification issued by the Home Ministry.The nominations/recommendations are placed before the awards committee, constituted by the Prime Minister.The winners will be announced on the eve of Republic Day.
More favorites of stage and screen have joined the star-studded line-up for the 17th-Annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway.Michael Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, Carolyn Cantor and Leslye Headland are the latest to join the exceptional group of artists who will come together to write, direct and perform six original plays within 24 hours. The culminating performance will take place on Monday, October 30th at 8:00pm at the American Airlines Theatre.Proceeds from the one-night-only performance benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under through The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The Lilly Awards Foundation’s work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity.As previously announced, this year’s cast also features Raul Castillo, Josh Charles, Jackie Cruz, Jennifer Esposito, Noah Galvin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Lola Kirke, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Justice Smith, Lois Smith and Yul Vazquez.Cantor joins the directing team for this year that also includes May Adrales, Warren Leight, Patricia McGregor, Jessica Stone and Kate Whoriskey. Headland joins the writing team of Fernanda Coppel, Leslye Headland, Chisa Hutchinson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok and Molly Smith Metzler. This year’s musical guest is Shaina Taub. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards.The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway begins at 10 p.m. the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors and production staff – many of whom have never worked with or met each other before – gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage. Using these items as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays. At 9 a.m. on the morning of the event, the actors receive their roles and the directors arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.THE 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAYOctober 30, 2017 at 8 p.m.American Airlines TheatreAdditional tickets for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway are available for purchase online atwww.24hourplays.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.