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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.

Bal Bhavan Introduces Multi-purpose Hall, Open Air Theatre and International Doll Museum Jun 11

The renovated Multi-purpose Hall, Open Air Theatre and International Doll Museum was inaugurated at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, by UT administrator SF Rodrigues here today.

The multi-purpose hall, having a seating capacity of 300 persons, has been renovated at the cost of Rs 25 lakh, the Open theatre with a capacity of 500 persons, at the cost of Rs 20.5 lakh and the museum at an estimated expenditure of Rs 43.73 lakh.

These projects have been given a new look by adding state-of-the-art facilities to meet the requirements of the theatrical world and the changing pattern of our society.

The International Doll Museum has on display about 250 dolls from 30 countries of the world. A special corner for souvenirs of the Indian and international dolls has been created for the visitors. These souvenirs are in the form of white and black mugs, T-shirts, cushion covers, table mats, mouse pads, coasters, photo frames, key chains, badges, piggy banks, crystal pieces and miscellaneous items.

A colourful cultural programme of fusion dance, pooja dance, Rajasthani dance etc. was presented on the occasion. Home Secretary Ram Niwas welcomed the guests. Other senior officers who were present on the occasion included MP Singh, secretary to the Governor and finance secretary Sanjay Kumar.

Navaratra fair begins at Mata Mansa Devi temple Mar 28


Devotees throng Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of Navratras at Panchkula on Friday.

At least 60,000 devotees had visited the Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of Navaratra fair that began here today. The fair is to continue till April 3.

Though the turnout of devotees remained low till the afternoon, the number started rising sharply by the evening which surpassed the figure of the last year on same day when 55,000 pilgrims paid their obeisance.

The offerings collected at the temple, in addition to cash of Rs 5,50,000, consisted of a piece of gold and 29 pieces of silver. Last year, Rs 5,25,000 were collected as offerings on the first day of Navratras. The number of devotees is expected to rise during the coming days, said Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria.

However, as far as the security was concerned, the district administration had left no stone unturned. There were sufficient security personnel keeping in view the number of devotees and the administration had also made good arrangements of parking. However, lack of coordination between security agencies and the Mansa Devi board led to harassment for many.

The employees of Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Farm had to return home without attending their duties when they were not allowed to take their vehicles to their office. The farm manager, Dr RS Nain, said the staff was provided with passes by the temple management last year. However, this time they were not issued any pass despite repeated requests. On the other hand thousands of people could be seen visiting temple through special gate carrying passes bearing markings of VIP and VVIP.

According to sources, the management has distributed more than 12,000 passes to politicians, bureaucrats and mediapersons to facilitate them and their acquaintances to have ‘easy darshans’.

The pass system, despite an eyesore for many, has continued for several years. It was only a way to oblige the who’s who by the board, said Devinder Mahajan, president of the MDC Sector 4 Association. “In fact we requested the Haryana Chief Minister during his visit here to stop this practice and he promised for the same. However, nothing was done to remove the partiality among the pilgrims in the name of passes,” he said.

Asrar-ul-Haq evitalise the grandeur of rich Urdu language Mar 03

“Aei gham-e-dil kya karoon, vaihshte dil kya karoon,” a timeless poetic creation and many more alike established the literary prominence of Urdu poet, Asrar-ul-Haq, better known as Majaz Lukhnavi. In their endeavour to revitalise the grandeur of rich Urdu language the Haryana Urdu Akademy, as part of the crusade, has organised a two-day International seminar on the life and achievements of legendary poet at Haryana Niwas here today.

Dr AR Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, said poet is an omniscient person who represents the ethos of the masses from time to time and Majaz, though a poet of romance and popular among youth, enthused them to join the freedom struggle through his poems on patriotism and love for motherland. It is as such imperative to extol and disseminate the viewpoint of such legends to the coming generation through such seminars, he maintained.

Education minister, Mange Ram Gupta, read out the choicest couplets of Majaz.

Earlier, introducing Majaz, akademy secretary KL Zakir hailed him as John Keats of Urdu poetry who died at 44. Prof Sharib Radaulavi from poet’s native place presented the keynote address while Toronto based Dr Sehba Lukhnavi, niece of Majaz and Dr Liaqat Ali from Canada disclosed that he looked at woman with a different perspective, as a ‘hamsafar’ and yearned for an intelligent, enlightened and equal life partner.

Acclaimed Urdu and Hindi scholars are presenting papers on the myriad traits and literary works of Majaz Lukhnavi.

Punjab University to Organise World Punjabi Conference Feb 19

Panjab University is holding the second World Punjabi Conference on February 24 and 25 for the development of Punjabi language, literature and culture.

Brochure of the conference was released in the senate hall of the university, where some famous personalities were present. The conference will cover a whole range of issues and concerns faced by the Punjabi society.

About 200 delegates from across the world, including England, the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan, Pakistan, and various parts of India are expected to attend the conference. The objective of the conference is to develop holistic methods based upon the critical systems available in sciences, social sciences, humanities and literary theory.

Sufi Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 12

The Pracheen Kala Kendra today presented a Sufiana spell by young maestro, Neelay Khan, at its auditorium here today. The audience relished the splendour of mysticism.

Holding allegiance to the Patiala gharana, Khan, with postgraduation in music, has a distinctive style of singing, which is a blend of Sufi and traditional folk, interspersed with recitation of couplets relevant to the compositional theme.

After a reposeful alaap, He commenced the recital with an invocatory composition, “Sanson ki mala”, in a calm contemplative mood. As expected, this was followed by couplets of Bulle Shah and a bandish, “Abe tu jaan, na jaan”. He doled out the “Mainu ishq de rang wich rang sajna”. He depicted the anguish and the tormented psyche of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi while presenting his poems. After a few songs when he concluded his recital with a composition, “Ve ja tu bada harjai”, requests for more poured in. He obliged the audience with many ghazals.

He was accompanied by Manoj Kumar and Jolly on tabla, Amit Kumar on dholak, while Shanty and Sajjan provided him vocal support. Shobha Koser, registrar of the kendra honoured the artists.

Fusion Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 10

A cohesive melody comprising of mutually embracing musical notes reverberated all through the fusion music concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Law Bhavan auditorium here in Chandigarh.

It was indeed a rare confluence of Indian and German musicians where East met West with satvik veena maestro Salil Bhatt and German guitarist Matthias Muller enchanting audience.

Artistes in a scintillating jugalbandi mainly presented compositions from their latest album titled “Mumbai to Munich”, which they have dedicated to victims of the Mumbai blasts.

The duo opened the soiree delineating serene character of raga “Basant mukhari” interspersed with influences of Carnatic classical style. A tranquil environment pervaded as the accomplished musicians made their stringed instruments to exude contemplation in the next offering veritably titled “Peace”.

The duo performed “Ahimsa”, a master piece composed by Mutthias Muller and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Another composition “Jhinjhoti” brought alive the love and romance. “Kirwani hichki”, a popular Rajasthani folk melody based on raga kirwani, played to perfection by Salil and Matthias showing their perfect matching of imagination. Salil apparently taking the lead on his satvik veena, Matthias Muller’s notes on the Spanish guitar merged so well, one couldn’t really shift them apart. The concluding presentation was “Jog Blues”, based on raga jog, a very intense, serious and meditative melody.

Articulating the melody metre on tabla, the Benaras gharana maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra won tremendous applause and emerged as the real hero of the concert. The fusion concert was a perfect blend of classical folk with western music flavours.

Earlier kendra registrar Shobha Koser welcomed the chief guest SK Monga, an IAS, who lighted the inaugural lamp and honoured the artistes.

Tagore Theatre - A centre of excellence for art and culture Jan 29

The Chandigarh Administration has chalked out an ambitious plan to convert the recently-opened Tagore Theatre into a centre of excellence for art and culture.

According to official sources, the objective will not only be to provide technical and infrastructural facilities at par with the international standards, but also to simultaneously transform its identity from a mere city-level theatre facility to a national-level cultural centre for arts.

The aim will be to develop it in a way so it emerges as a venue for other new trends in the arena of theatre and associated fields like experimental theatre, children’s theatre, a theatre repertory etc.

With this objective of creating a cultural renaissance and promotion of all forms as a unified whole, the theatre would be developed as the hub of all such artistic, intellectual, creative happenings.

Besides the enhancements of the engineering and technological facilities in the theatre, addition of other facilities like an exhibition gallery, small seminar facilities, library of the arts (with focus on performing arts), place for conducting art, theatre and literary workshops, and cafeteria designed with imaginative elements would develop the venue into a holistic centre of arts, revolving around the fulcrum of performing arts.

Within the theatre complex, a small open-air theatre around the landscaped pedestrian piazza can be added for low cost performances to amateurs, children, neighborhood level groups or anyone else desiring using them.

In other words, with enhanced facilities and cultural transformation, the artists would perform in the most conducive and supportive atmosphere. Also it would become an artiste and art-lovers’ hangout and a venue for exchange of intellectual ideas and discourses.