January 26, 2020
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Suraiya, the last big singing star of Hindi cinema’s golden era, dies at 75. After classics like Anmol Ghadi and Dillagi, and an ill-fated romance with Dev Anand, she took to reclusive retirement.

M.M. Kaye, British writer of the bestselling war and romance novel The Far Pavilions, later made into a period pulp saga on film, dies at 95.

Ghazal queen Malika Pukhraj, of the eternal jewel Abhi to main jawan hoon, dies at 93. Hari Singh’s court singer, she later moved to Pakistan.

M.D. Nanjundaswamy, 68, of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, dies. A champion of Indian farmers’ rights, he battled multinationals like the KFC and Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton.

Lt Gen (retd) A.A.K. Niazi, the one who surrendered to Indian forces in 1971 as army commander in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), dies at 89.

Violin maestro V.G. Jog, 89, is dead. He was a disciple of Ustad Allaudin Khan of Maihar.

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