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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.

Chandigarh Sparkles with Bollywood Stars Aug 29

The cast and crew of the upcoming Bollywood movie, “Kisaan”, today landed in Big Cinemas, Zirakpur, for a special premiere organised for farmers. Many of these farmers have worked in the movie with the Khan brothers.

“Kisaan”, which is a joint effort by UTV Spotboy and Sohail Khan, hits cinema halls all over the county today.

Khan brothers Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan along with Jackie Shroff, actress Diya Mirza and film’s music director Dabbu Malik reached the city to commence the special premiere. As many as 150 to 200 kisans from Ropar and Mullapur region were invited at the premiere.

In the movie, Sohail and Arbaaz Khan play the role of hardcore farmers; so much so, they can even be seen in dhotis in the film. Jackie Shroff plays the role of Sohail’s and Arbaaz’s father.

“Kisaan”, which deals with successive generations of the farmers and their conflicts, has been shot in Chandigarh for more than 40 days. Interestingly, Sohail Khan has contributed to the film’s screenplay as well.

The movie promises absolute treat for music lovers as well, as one would get to hear the all time patriotic song from Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar, “Mere desh ki dharti”, with new mixed beats and different packaging in the movie.

Even though the actors were in the Mall for a few minutes, hundreds of fans flocked the Mall to catch a glimpse of the actors.

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.

Vinod Sehgal Relished Ghazal Enthrals Chandigarh Apr 11

Vinod Sehgal performs at Randhawa auditorium
Vinod Sehgal performs at Randhawa auditorium

Senior citizens relished ghazals and songs by playback singer Vinod Sehgal at Radhawa auditorium here today. Many of them, defying their age, even ventured to dance as the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association celebrated its raising day.

The musical soiree, organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy and the State Bank of India, got a majestic start with Sufi invocatory “Sunn maalka”. Switching over to ghazals, he rendered “Hein aur bhi duniyan mein” and “Agar talaash karun”. Sehgal enraptured the audience with his Punjabi film numbers and his hit song “Chhod aye voh galian” from film “Maachis”.

Three-day Haryanvi Ragini Festival at Tagore theatre Mar 17

Haryanvi folklore maestros regaled the scant audience on the opening day of the three-day Haryanvi Ragini Festival at Tagore theatre here today.

The folklore bonanza brought to the city by the North Zone Cultural Centre and Information and Public Relation Department, Haryana, is aimed at projecting a slice of Haryanvi folk culture to the city art lovers, disclosed IAS K.K. Khandelwal.

As many as 10 top folklore troupes will perform during the fest, he added. Master Satbir Singh supported by accompanying artists rendered three ragini compositions of Pandit Lakhmi Chand, hailed as the Shakespeare of Haryana. The raginis weaved in devotional pastoral fervour were well received by relatively low listeners.

The humour remains the essential ingredient of Haryanvis and acclaimed ragini singer, Pale Ram, spelt rustic humour and folk melody with romantic fervour like “Jahaaz mein baith gori”or “Mujhko kyon badnam kiya”. Master Suresh Kumar too impressed with his virile voice concluding with “Sajan ke ghar jaya sai gori”.

Haryanavi poet and anchor, Raj Kumar Dhankad, compeered the programme. The chief guest IAS Fateh Singh Dagar honoured the artists.

Chandigarh Advancing Towards Metro Culture Feb 28

Chandigarh is waking up to metro culture as far as liquor trade is concerned. In fact, the excise policy 2009-10 announced by the Chandigarh Administration today came up with the new concept of the establishment of modern liquor shops in air-conditioned environment, including in shopping malls, in keeping with the changing social trends, besides extending the bar timings to 1 a.m.

The modern shops will be introduced with a lower licence fee of Rs 20 lakh per annum, subject to the condition that such shops will be air-conditioned and be allowed in the SCO/SCFs or shopping malls only. These modern shops will be allowed to have “tasting sessions” as seen in liquor shops abroad and other metropolitan cities of India.

However, the licence fee for the conventional retail sale liquor shops have been retained at Rs 25 lakh per annum. The liquor vends functioning in the existing temporary structures have been disincentivised as the licence fee for such vends has been raised from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh to phase them out in future.

The administration has increased the minimum retail prices for country liquor and IMFL by Rs 5 to Rs 20 per bottle. Similarly, increase in minimum retail price for beer has been pegged at Rs 5 indicating an increase in the liquor rates–a bad news for the tipplers.

In order to promote low alcoholic drinks, the licence fee on the wholesale licence of wine has been reduced from Rs 5,000 per brand to Rs 2,000 per brand and sale of domestic wines has been allowed from licensed departmental stores.

Similarly, keeping in view the changing social trends with regard to increase in the number of visitors to bars/restaurants, the bar closure timings have been further relaxed to 1 am instead of midnight at present. The private possession limits have been kept unchanged. The private possession limits are 18 bottles of IMFL/imported foreign liquor, 36 bottles of beer, 18 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of country liquor, a press note said. There has been no increase in the rate of excise duty on liquor. However, in order to ensure balance in the regional trade and to curb the outflow of liquor to neighboring states, the rate of VAT on liquor has been increased from 4 per cent to 12.5 per cent, bringing it on a par with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The licence fee of L-3/L-4/L-5 (bar licences) of 5-star hotels has been reduced from Rs 5 lakh per annum to Rs 2.25 lakh per annum and the licence fee of other bar licences kept unchanged.

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation gears up for Holi Celebration Feb 24

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to tread on a new path and explore possibilities in realms of entertainment and celebration.

To start with, the MC will organise a grand Holi celebrations in Sector 17 plaza next month. According to MC sources, in a recently held meeting of the Art and Culture Committee of the MC, including chairperson Neelam Malik, MPS Chawla, Harjinder Kaur, Ram Lal, Sarita, Brig KS Chandpuri (retd) and others, it was decided to allocate around Rs 1 lakh to organise the event.

To give a traditional flavour to the event, talks are also on between the MC officials and North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) to rope in artists to perform “ras lila”. School children will be there to do the “teeka” ceremony. A day before Holi, the traditional “Holika dahan” will also be organised.

Giving details of the event, one of the members of the committee said that they were making efforts to make it a big event and it would be a public-oriented celebration. There will be separate enclosures for public, officials and members of the media, said the member.

The committee is coming up with a list of other festivals and events to be organised throughout the year. The committee is also planning to organise a marathon soon.

Two New Multiplexes Revolutionise Multiplex Culture in Chandigarh Feb 17

The inauguration of two new multiplexes is set to revolutionise multiplex culture in the city. These latest additions to the existing multiplexes have amplified the choice of movie buffs.

While one boasts of a four-theatre multiplex with a capacity of 1,000 people, the other has come up with three screens with a capacity of 652 with 42 leather recliners.

It also offers a pillow and a blanket as well a butler service.

“I am a movie fanatic and the opening of two more multiplexes is a special gift for this season,” quips Harmadeep, a Panjab University MTech student.

“Earlier it was a nightmare to watch a movie in the city, but coming up of so many multiplexes has ensured that if I want to watch a good movie even on a weekend I get a ticket in one of the multiplexes,” adds Ratul Arora, a student Panjab Engineering College (PEC).

With two new additions, there is still more to come as market experts expect better packages from existing multiplexes due to competition.

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.