Google has paid tribute to late Malaysian singer and songwriter Sudirman Arshad with a special “doodle” in conjunction with his 65th birthday on Friday (May 25).
Referred to just as Sudirman by his legion of fans, the talented artist was born the youngest of seven children in Temerloh, Pahang in 1954.
In its message, Google highlighted the popular singer’s biography and extraordinary accomplishments as a singer, songwriter, author, visual artist, and actor.
“Before becoming one of the most popular performers in Asia, Sudirman worked as a journalist and an attorney.
“He is remembered for his piercing tenor voice and for staging one of the largest free concerts in Malaysian history.
“On April 15, 1986, he performed for a crowd of over 100,000 on Kuala Lumpur’s Chow Kit Road. Lifted above the audience by a crane, Sudirman delivered a performance that delighted a crowd that included Malay, Chinese, and Indian fans,” it said.
Sudirman died from pneumonia at the age of 37 in February 1992.
Among Sudirman’s most famous tunes incorporate “Tanggal 31 Ogos” and “Balik Kampung” which live on till today amid festive occasions such as Malaysia’s Independence Day and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
In 1989, Sudirman won recognition at the Asian Popular Music Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, when he sang his mark hit “A Thousand Million Smiles” and a rendition of “Send In The Clowns” with choreography that paid tribute to Charlie Chaplin.
The performance raised Sudirman’s worldwide profile. He travelled the world from Hawaii and Asia through the Middle East and Europe.
More than that, Sudirman eagerly attempted the obligation of signing autographs when he toured.
“He would sign every autograph, never refuse anyone who wanted to take a picture with him, always has a warm welcoming smile and was always humble,” said his former manager, Daniel Dharanee Kannan.
Sudirman was additionally appointed as the “Singing Ambassador” by the Malaysian Tourism Ministry, where he extended his collection by singing in Malay just as English, Tamil, Tagalog, Korean, and various Chinese dialects.
With 14 albums to his credit, Sudirman received the Malaysian music industry’s Anugerah Industri Muzik award.
A street was even named after him in his hometown and the Sudirman Scholarship Fund was established to support performing artists.
“Selamat Hari lahir, Sudirman Haji Arshad!” Google said.
The Doodles have become an iconic part of Google, celebrating and marking past and present events all over the world, including anniversaries and holidays.
Actor Kavin to star in the next web series named ‘Akashvani’
Kavin is popular for his role in the serial ‘Saravanan Meenakshi.’ Following this, he acted in little roles in films and debuted as a hero in Tamil film with the film ‘Natpunna Ennanu Theriyuma.’
Kavin, who partook in the third season of the Bigg Boss show following that, acquired numerous fans. He is as of now completing his acting career in the film ‘Lift.’ The film is getting ready for release.
In the mean time, entertainer Kavin has signed on to star in the next web series. Named Akashvani, the web series is said to be directed by a newcomer. Choice of cast, actresses, and technical artists to star in this web series is in progress. An authority declaration about this web series is relied upon to be released soon.
Delroy Lindo to star in lead role of upcoming Amazon series ‘Anansi Boys’
Delroy Lindo has been cast in a lead role of the upcoming Amazon series adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel “Anansi Boys,” Variety has learned.
“Anansi Boys” follows Charlie Nancy, a young fellow who is accustomed to being embarrassed by his estranged father, Mr. Nancy. In any case, when his dad passes on, Charlie finds that his dad was Anansi: trickster god of stories. What’s more, he discovers that he has a sibling. Presently his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, resolved to make it really intriguing yet making it much more risky.
Lindo will star as Anansi/Mr. Nancy. The person is described as all appeal. Apparently, his dad was a sluggish man who undermined Charlie’s mom. Be that as it may, Mr Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery all things considered.
“Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him,” Gaiman said. “I cannot wait to see his gravitas and charm being deployed for the benefit of Anansi Boys, as he plays an unreliable father with hidden depths.”
Lindo most as of late acquired gigantic basic approval for his job in the Spike Lee film “Da 5 Bloods.” It was Lindo’s fourth collaboration with Lee by and large, with the two first working together on “Malcolm X.” His other significant film roles include “The Core,” “The One,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “and “Get Shorty.” He will next be found in the western “The Harder They Fall” alongside Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Idris Elba, and Zazie Beetz. On the TV side, Lindo had a main role in the Paramount Plus series “The Good Fight” and has appeared on shows like “Kidnapped,” “The Chicago Code,” and “Believe.”
He is repped by APA.
Amazon has given “Anansi Boys” series a six-episode order with plans set up to start shooting in Scotland in the not so distant future. Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones, and Richard Fee serve in as executive producers. Gaiman and Henry are likewise authors on the series, as the first story for the book was created by the pair. Different writers include Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Gaiman and Mackinnon will fill in as co-showrunners. Culpepper will coordinate the pilot. Jermain Julien and Azhur Saleem will likewise coordinate scenes of the series. Paul Frift will deliver.
The show is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions, and RED Production organization. Gaiman at present has a general deal with Amazon.
PBS’ iconic animated series ‘Arthur’ will end after 25 season
“Arthur,” the iconic animated children’s series about an lovable aardvark, is finishing after its 25th season.
The longest-running children’s animated series in the history of American TV, “Arthur” will end on PBS Kids, with its last season launching in winter 2022.
Unique show developer Kathy Waugh broke the news in a meeting on the Finding DW webcast with voice actor Jason Szwimmer.
“‘Arthur’ is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago,” Waugh told Szwimmer. “I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think ‘Arthur’ should come back and I’m know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake. I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end but it did end, we finished the last episode [of] Season 25 two years ago.”
Waugh developed the series, which originally circulated in 1996, from the books by Marc Brown, who made the character in 1976.
“Arthur” executive producer Carol Greenwald affirmed the news to Variety in an articulation, saying, “‘Arthur’ is the longest-running kids animated series in history and is known for teaching kindness, empathy and inclusion through many groundbreaking moments to generations of viewers. In the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of ‘Arthur’ will debut. ‘Arthur’ will continue to be available on PBS Kids for years to come. Producer GBH and PBS Kids are continuing to work together on additional ‘Arthur’ content, sharing the lessons of Arthur and his friends in new ways.”
All through its 25-year run with more than 240 episodes, the “Arthur” franchise has extended to music, video games, toys and social media memes. The series has won four Emmys and the George Foster Peabody Award.
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