Dev Anand (1923-2011)
Dev Anand, film actor, producer and director who appeared to be propelled by an unseen fount of unending energy, rose to become a showbiz institution by himself. He was a globally clued-in actor-director-producer who looked at the world with a degree of unprecedented freshness and intelligence. He may have been a never-say-die lover boy all his life who was led by his heart into many wondrous romantic adventures on the screen and off it, but he also had a sharp and constantly ticking mind that latched on to topical themes yielded by the social and political developments unfolding around him.
MF Hussain (1915-2011)
"Picasso of India" Maqbool Fida Hussain, who was already in his 30s when India attained freedom, joined the Progressive Artists' Group in 1947 after cutting his teeth as a film poster painter. Prolific and free-spirited, Hussain quickly emerged as the India's most celebrated artist. Every canvas that Husain painted was a moment frozen in modern Indian art history.
Bob Christo (1938-2011)
Robert John Christo was popularly known as Bob Christo in the Hindi film industry. Christo acted in over 200 films. His roles in films included that of British officer, goon, fighter, henchman, gambler, bandit, hitman, gangster. The actor acted in films like Kaalia, Mard, Nastik, Qurbani, Mr India, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Gumraah.
Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011)
Assamese composer, songwriter, singer and filmmaker Bhupen Hazarika brought the northeast closer to the national mainstream, putting it on India's cultural map with his compositions and songs. As a singer, Hazarika was known for his baritone voice and diction;as a lyricist, he was known for poetic compositions and parables which touched on themes ranging from romance to social and political commentary; and as a composer for his use of folk music.
Steve Jobs (1955- 2011)
Born on February 24, 1955 and raised in Palo Alto, California, Jobs was one of a handful of figures who straddled two generations that helped transform the small corner of California into the world's hub for technological innovation. Having founded Apple in his family's garage in 1976 with Mr Wozniak, more than 30 years of innovation resulted in Apple briefly surpassing oil giant Exxon Mobil as the world's most valuable company earlier this year. In the process Jobs helped reinvent the personal computer, music and mobile phone industries as well as reshape the attitude of millions to technology.
Jagjit Singh (1941- 2011)
"The Ghazal King" Jagjit Singh broke into a terrain dominated on the two sides of the Indo-Pak border by the likes of Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan and Talat Mahmood sometime in the 1960s and gradually sang his way into the collective consciousness of ghazal fans by the 1970s never to look back. He crooned Ab to mere khuda mujhe jalwa dikhaiye/Apne namaaziyon ka kaha maan jaiye and the historical divide between two hostile nations melted away in a magical jiffy, and that miracle occurred every time Jagjit Singh uncoiled his voice and spoke to our anguished hearts.
Shammi Kapoor (1930-2011)
Shammi Kapoor burst on the Mumbai showbiz scene in the mid-1950s and yanked Hindi cinema away from its traditional moorings. In his screen avatar, Shammi Kapoor personified the bold, brash post-economic liberalisation breed of young Indians all of three decades before it actually came into existence. Rock drummer, nightclub crooner, well-heeled gadfly, lovelorn dandy, loquacious, loose-limbed, livewire lady-killer- he was all this and... well, he was just this and nothing else. He had no pretensions and he made no bones about it. And that is precisely what made Shammi Kapoor what he was, rather what he is and will always be...
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (1941-2011)
Cool, unapologetic and debonair: these adjectives would sit equally pretty on former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. He was instrumental in giving Indian cricket a new spine, a new vein of confidence. He was a born leader of men who taught us to play for victory even when things weren't really going our way.
Bhimsen Joshi (1922-2011)
Legendary Vocalist who mesmerised connoisseurs through his powerful voice, amazing breath control, musical sensibility and grasp of the fundamentals, representing a subtle fusion of intelligence and passion that imparted life and excitement to his music. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi- a recipient of Bharat Ratna was renowned for having evolved an approach that sought to achieve a balance between what may be termed as "traditional values and mass-culture tastes" and as such he went on to have supposedly the largest commercially recorded repertoire in Hindustani vocal music.