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World Tourism Day Celebrated with Fanfare Sep 29

The Chandigarh administration celebrated the World Tourism Day with fanfare here yesterday.

The day was marked by various activities, including ‘Surnandan’, live Indian classical and fusion music performance by Subhash Ghosh, at Sukhna Lake early in the morning, followed by “Run for Tourism”.

UT Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Ram Niwas flagged off the run which started off from the lake and after covering a distance of around 1 km culminated at the starting point.

Around 200 students of UT Government schools along with 200 ITFT students besides officials of the tourism and education department took part in the run.

In the evening, “Antakshri” competition was held at CITCO Chef Lakeview Cafeteria, which was followed by fun with DJ at Sukhna Lake.

The department of tourism in association with CITCO had organised these activities to mark the day from September 25 and 27.

The festivity began on September 25 with a flower arrangement competition organised by Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, followed by a musical evening, ‘Rock Fusion Music’, at Sector 17 plaza on September 26.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management commemorated the day by organising an inter-college poster making competition on “Incredible India” and “Tourism and Global Warming”.

A satirical play “Sadak hamare baap ki” directed by Rajeev Mehta was also staged, which depicted the predicament of those who do not care for traffic rules.

World Tourism Day to focus on Sukhna and Sec-17 plaza Sep 15

This year’s World Tourism Day celebrations will focus on two popular tourist landmarks of the city — Sukhna Lake and Sector-17 plaza. This was stated during a meeting held under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas here today.

The celebrations on September 27 will commence with “Sur-Nandan” (morning raga), an Indian classical and fusion music programme by renowned artist Subhash Ghosh,at the Sukhna Lake promenadeat 5.30 am.

A morning tourism walk from Open Hand Monument (Capitol Complex) to Rose Garden, Sector-16, through Bougainvillaea Garden, will be held at 7 am.

Also, tourists/visitors arriving by morning Shatabdi Express will be accorded a warm welcome by students of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42.

At 10.30 am, a painting competition on tourism will be organised at Sukhna Lake. The competition will encompass the tourist spots of the city.

CITCO will extend 15 per cent discount on food at its two hotels — Mountview and Shivalikview.

Also, 10 per cent discount on food will be extended to tourists at Hotel Parkview and other food outlets and restaurants of CITCO in the city.

CITCO will provide complimentary ride on its popular “Hop-On, Hop-Off” tourist coach to children, including under-privileged kids, to make them part of mainstream activities on the World Tourism Day.

An “antakshari” programme with participation of people from all walks of life will be organised at CITCO Chef Lake Cafeteria from 5 pm to 6.30 pm.

An open programme for merriment and fun with DJ for tourists and public will be held at Sukhna Lake from 7 pm till 9.30 pm.

On the eve of World Tourism Day i.e September 26, a musical evening will be organised by the Tourism Department at the Sector-17 plaza from 6 pm onwards.

Punjabi play ‘Ram Mohammd Singh Azad’ being staged in Chandigarh Sep 11

“Dar-o-deevar pe hasrat ki nazar karte hain. Khush raho ahle-watan ham toh safar karte hein…” the essence of the couplet by Wazid Ali Shah, a salutation to the supreme sacrifices of freedom fighters and martyrs was revived at the Randhawa Auditorium all through the staging of a Punjabi play, “Ram Mohammd Singh Azad”, by artistes of Punjabi Natak Akademy, Mohali, here today.

Conceived by Bhag Singh decades ago, the play, scripted and directed by the veteran thespian scholar Charan Singh Sindra, exhaled an aura of patriotism as it brought alive the saga of sacrifice and martyrdom by legendry Shaheed Udham Singh.

Sindra illustrated his own perspective that how the freedom fighters and martyrs feel concerned for the spirit of Independence being diluted and corrupted by Indian masses which they secured making supreme sacrifices.

He relied mainly on historical facts, but at times borrowed mythological concept to show the statue of Udham Singh coming to life. The play eloquently depicted the freedom struggle and resolute resolve of martyr Udham Singh to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Sindra has created symbolic characters and sequences to bring into focus the unscrupulous elements engaged in fanning terrorism, corruption and unethical activities which must be dealt with sternly. The crisp dialogue delivery by actors and soothing music augmented the production level captivated the audience who braved the rains to relish the play.

Sindra won applause for his pulsating portrayal of central character Gurdev as also Vicky Baba as the protagonist, Ram Mohammad Singh Azad, Anil Masih (Laatibhan), besides Sandip Nahar, Mohit Sharma, Harsimranjit, Gurinder , Surinder and Goldy Lamba. Other credits were shared by Gaurav Sharma, TP Singh, Dr Gurpreet Sindra and Prabhdev Singh.