Bollywood’s Deepika Padukone receives award for mental health work in Davos

The actress runs the Live Love Laugh Foundation, which was launched in 2015. (AFP)
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Updated 21 January 2020

Bollywood’s Deepika Padukone receives award for mental health work in Davos

  • The 34-year-old star was presented the award by Hilde Schwab, chairwoman and co-founder of the World Economic Forum's World Art's Forum

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday for her work raising awareness about mental health.

The actress runs the Live Love Laugh Foundation, which was launched in 2015 and seeks to help those struggling with mental health issues.

The 34-year-old star was presented the award by Hilde Schwab, chairwoman and co-founder of the World Economic Forum's World Art's Forum, and quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in her acceptance speech.

“For in the words of Martin Luther King, everything that is done in this world is done with hope,” Padukone said.

“Mental illness has presented us all with a very tough challenge. But my love hate relationship with mental illness has taught me so much. To be patient is one. That you are not alone, but most importantly that there is hope,” she said beforehand.


Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

Updated 07 April 2020

Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

  • Famous singer would ‘offer his voice to the whole world’
  • Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed

MILAN: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in a presentation from Milan Cathedral to be streamed online, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.
“At 7 o’clock, in an empty Duomo, he will present a few pages of sacred music,” Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in his daily Facebook message, saying the famous singer would “offer his voice to the whole world.”
The region of Lombardy, of which Milan is the capital, has been the hardest hit in Italy’s coronavirus crisis, with more than 9,000 deaths.


Bocelli’s broadcast from the gothic Duomo will be accessible on YouTube, wrote Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
“This won’t be a concert,” said Bocelli, in an interview published in the paper. “It will rather be an opportunity to pray together.”
“We will concentrate all our energy to give courage and confidence to this marvellous city,” Bocelli said. “A prayer then, for Milan and for the world, in front of an absolutely painful, tragic and unsettling event.”
Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed.