November 1

African American Playwright NtozakeShange passes away in Maryland
NtozakeShange’smost acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award nominated play "For Colored Girls''.
‘For Coloured Girls' is an award-winning choreopoem,which describes racisim, sexism, violence and rape experienced by sevenlbalck women. 
She also received Grammy Award in 1977.
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, [1] more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City.

November 5

War Hero M.P. Awati Passes Away
Vice-Admiral Manohar Prahlad Awati (retd.), who commanded a naval unit of the Eastern Fleet in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine passed away.
He was the commanding officer of INS Kamorta during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
He was awarded the Vir Chakra for his leadership and gallantry.
Vir Chakra award: Estd- 26 January 1950, Category-  Wartime gallantry award
Awarded for: Acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea or in the air.
India’s oldest villupattu artist Poongani Passes Away
Poongani amma was in limelight after Award-winning rapper Lady Kash from Singapore made a song titled “Villupattu”
Villupattu literally translates to ‘bow song’, is a form of musical story-telling using the bow as the primary instrument.
It is an indigenous art form practiced mostly in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
About Tamil Nadu:
CM: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
National Parks & Sanctuaries: Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park Mukurthi National Park, Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guindy National Park, Vallanadu Black Buck Sanctuary.

November 6

Veteran Meghalaya Photo-journalist Walton passes away
Walton began his journey in photo journalism way back in the late 80s after a successful stint as the founding general secretary of the Hill Farmer’s Union, an organisation that till today continues to fight for the welfare and rights of farmers.
Capital: Shillong
CM: Conrad Sangma
Governor: Tathagata Roy

November 7

Rathinam, veteran freedom fighter & member of Indian National Army (INA) passesaway.
V. Rathinam was born on August 16, 1919. He hailed from S. Kodikulam in Paramakudi block, Ramanathapuram.
 He had gone to Burma and joined the INA led by NethajiSubash Chandra Bose, during the Second World War in 1940s.After inducted into the INA, he had fought against the British. He was imprisoned by the British and had served jail terms in various prisons.
The Central Government had honoured him with a monthly pension of over Rs 26,000. State government also paid him a pension of Rs 1,000.

November 11

Veteran Marathi film actor Lalan Sarang passes away
She had received ‘Grahini Sachiv Award’ of Ga Di Ma Pratishthan.
She had also written few books: “Natakanmagil Natya”, “Mi ani Majhya Bhumika” and “Bahardar Kisse.

November 13

Former Supreme Court judge Sailendu Nath Phukan passes away
Sailendu Nath Phukan was also Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and Odisha High Courts.
He has served as a  part-time Member of the Meghalaya Board of Revenue, Chairman of the Assam Human Rights Commission.

Eminent Odia singer Chitta Jena passes away in Cuttack
Chitta Jena was Known for his versatility and talent.
Jena had made his debut as a playback singer in the movie Mana Akasha in 1974.
He was honoured with the prestigious Prafulla Kar Samman for his outstanding achievement in the field of music.

November 14

Veteran sports journalist RoshanLalSethi passes away
In 1964, he started his career as a sports journalist with Motherland newspaper.
Till 1975, he was associated with it as sports editor.
He also worked with the Indian Express, Hindustan Times, National Herald, Navbharat Times and Sandhya Times.

The legendary comic book writer and former chief of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has passed away in Los Angeles, United States.
Lee created the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961 and went on to create titles like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk
In collaboration with several artists particularly Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created fictional characters including Spider - Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men and with his brother, co-writer Larry Lieber the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man.

November 16

Asia’s first women neurosurgeon T.S. Kanaka passes away
T.S. Kanaka was the third women neurosurgeon in the whole world. She has inspired at least 75-80 women to become neurosurgeons in the country.
She retired as a professor of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurology, Madras Medical College (MMC), in 1990.
She also served as an army medical officer for two years during the India - China war.

November 17

Ad Guru Alyque Padamsee passes away
Alyque Padamsee widely called as the “Brand Father of Indian advertising”.
During his active years in ad industry, he remained the brain behind several iconic and memorable Indian ad campaigns.
Padamsee was also best known for his role as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1982 historcial drama "Gandhi".
For his contributions to the creative field, he was honored with Padma Shri in 2000 and was named Advertising Man of the Century by The Advertising Club in Mumbai.

November 18

Hero of 1971 Indo - Pak War, Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri passes away
Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd) was known as the hero of the historic 1971 battle of Longewala.
He was awarded Maha Vir Chakra and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).
Maha Vir Chakra: Established - 26 January 1950
Awarded for the acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air.
Presented by Republic of India.
Vishisht Seva Medal: Established - 26 January 1960
Presented by President of India.

November 19

Padma Shri awardee saint Narayan Das Maharaj passes away
Padma Shri awardee and revered saint Narayan Das Maharaj of Triveni dham, Jaipur passed away.
He was awarded the Padam Shri in January this year for social service.

November 21

Oscar - winning screenwriter and best-selling author William Goldman passes away
He wrote novels and screenplays. Some of his popular works are: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men, 1990’s Hype and Glory, Which Lie Did I Tell?, etc.
He had written screenplays for Marathon Man (1976), Magic (1978) and The Princess Bride (1987).
A documentary was made on him titled “Nobody Knows Anything (Except William Goldman)”.
Oscar: The Academy Awards also known as the Oscars
Presented by: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country: United States of America
These are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Kerala MP MI Shanavas Passes Away
MI Shanavas, one of the three newly-appointed working presidents of the Congress in Kerala and it’s Lok Sabha MP passed away at a private hospital in Chennai.
He was working president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC)

November 22

Former Rajya Sabha MP Baishnab Charan Parida passes away 
A prominent politician, writer, columnist and a social activist, Parida was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2010 on a BJD ticket and his term ended on July 1, 2016. 
Parida, who was president of Odisha Bhasa Suraksha Sammilani had been fighting for promotion of Odia and use of the language in official works.

November 24

Noted Indian classical musician Ustad Imrat Khan dies
Indian classical music doyen, Ustad Imrat Khan, a musical virtuoso of the sitar and surbahar, has passed away in St Louis, United States after a stroke.
In 1988, Imrat Khan received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the president of India.
In 2017, he was conferred with the Padma Shri, however he refused to accept the award stating “It is too little and came little too late” as several of his juniors and those who trained under him were presented with Padma awards earlier.

India-born Pakistani poet, human rights activist Fahmida Riaz passes away
India-born, a well-known Urdu writer, poet and human rights activist Fahmida Riaz who had worked with Radio Pakistan and BBC Urdu Services (Urdu) died after a prolonged illness in Lahore.
She was born in July, 1945 at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
She always raised her voice for women rights and democracy in Pakistan.
She lived in India in Self-exile for nearly seven years during the rule of former military dictator of Pakistan, Gen Zia-ul-Haq.

November 25

Former Hockey Forward Sandeep Michael dies
Former Indian Hockey player Sandeep Michael who captained Indian Junior hockey team to Asia Cup gold in 2003 died due to an unspecified neurological problem.
He was also a part of Indian development teams that won gold and bronze respectively in Akbar-el-Yom Cup competition in 2002 and 2003.
He made his debut as a junior in Under-18 Asia Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia under the leadership of Jugraj Singh.

November 26

CK Jaffer Sharief, Congress Veteran and Former Railway Minister, Dies in Bengaluru
CK Jaffer Sharief held the office of the Minister of Railways under PV Narasimha Rao, from 1991 to 1995.
He also served as a minister of state for Railways from 1980 to 1984.
He handled several other central union portfolios like coals and irrigation.
Overall, Sharief served 7 terms as the MP, the last of which was from 1999 to 2000.

November 27

Iravatham Mahadevan, noted epigraphist, passes away
Iravatham Mahadevan, one of the world’s leading scholars on the Indus Valley Script, the pre-eminent scholar on the Tamil Brahmi script, and a man of many accomplishments, passed away after a brief illness.
In August 1987, he became the Editor of the Tamil daily, Dinamani and served the paper for four years.
Mr. Mahadevan was awarded the Padma Shri in April 2009.
He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1970 for his research on the Indus script and the National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research in 1992 for his work on the Tamil Brahmi inscriptions.

November 28

Singer Mohammed Aziz Passes Away
Singer Mohammed Aziz has passed away following a cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Aziz, who did playback singing in Hindi, Bengali and Odia films was known for songs like 'My Name is Lakhan', 'Mard Tangewala' and 'Main Teri Mohabbat Mein'.
Aziz made his singing debut with Bengali film ‘Jyothi’.

SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Passes Away
He was also honoured with a special Emmy for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry in early 2018.
He not only created the character, Hillenburg also directed the 2004 "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie".

Oscar - winning director Bernardo Bertolucci passes away
Multi award winner Italian Director Bernardo Bertolucci died after Cancer.
He had won Oscar for the best director for the Movie “The Last Emperor”.
The Italian director had directed various award winning movies like The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris.

November 30

British World War II veteran and political activist Harry Leslie Smith passes away
Smith was an outspoken human rights activist and worked as an advocate of National Health Service to protect refugees.
Smith wrote five books, about life in the Great Depression, the Second World War, and postwar austerity and columns for The Guardian, New Statesman, The Daily Mirror, International Business Times and the Morning Star.
He made public appearances at the 2014 Labour Party conference in Manchester, during the 2015 general election and the 2016 EU membership referendum, and in Canada as part of his 2015 "Stand Up for Progress" national tour.