Tuesday, November 7, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Computer centre at women's hostel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — A computer centre under the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation opened at the Working Women Hostel in Sector 24 here today.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while speaking after inaugurating the computer centre, said that in the era of Internet with the world becoming global village, it was imperative that IT education be spread to the slums and villages to encourage rural people and under-privileged sections to get computer education.

He said that this was a perfect scheme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development under which women belonging to the Schedule Castes would be provided computer education of the 'O' level free of cost and would be given a stipend of Rs 250. The General added that computer education would help young women to gain self-confidence and compete on an equal footings with men for jobs in the IT sector.

Earlier the Administrator formally inaugurated the computer centre, which has been set up at a cost of Rs 4.80 lakh with a central grant of over Rs 3 lakh. The General interacted with the trainees of the computer and stitching and craft centres. He also went around an exhibition of stitching and craft products and appreciated the work done by the trainees.


Another ‘Comedy of Errors’ by kids
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — “See How They Run'' a comedy play by Philip King was enacted by senior wing students of Vivek High School today evening at the school premises as part of Founder's week celebrations.

A side-splitting comedy, the play revolved around the lives of the vicar and his vivacious actress wife, who were portrayed efficiently by students of Class VIII and Class IX. The couple in the play seemingly have a happy married life, occasionally interrupted by a spinster, Miss Skillon, who had lost out to Penelope in the race for the vicar’s hand. As the story unfolds, it reaches hilarious heights with mistaken identities and confusion. As the play reaches to its end the husband and wife unite for a happy life. It was all together an interesting play, enacted with great confidence by the students.

Mallika Sarkaria of Class XI, who played Miss Skillon said, “It was great fun rehearsing the play day and night”. Karundeep who played Liouel says, “It was a tremendous experience working in the play”. Another eighth class student remarked the hard work put in by us finally paid off. They admitted that the play taught them team spirit.

The cast comprised nine characters, but the play had more than 30 students working round the clock as the production team. The play was directed by Amrit Mundy.

Rachna Bishnoi, Reetica Khanna and Rashmi Maini, the teachers who assisted in production and direction said, interacting with the kids was great and truly satisfying. Creating a set for the 1950's ambiance and making English characters was a challenge.

The programme started with a multimedia audio visual presentation about the history, ideology, aims and ideals of the school. Depicting the growth of the school from its inception till now was a new thing.


Kids’ late return worries parents
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — Parents of some of the tiny tots wing of Saupin ‘s School, Sector 36, had to undergo a tough time waiting for the arrival of their wards from school today. Kids residing in Sectors 37 and 38 reached home approximately two hours late.

Following hectic enquiries, anxious parents reportedly found out that the driver of one of the vans hired to ferry children, was new on the job and did not know the addresses. After waiting for some time, many parents panicked and rushed to the school.

On reaching there, they did not find any body in the school, except a peon to listen to their grievances. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, some of the parents said it was sheer negligence on the part of the school authorities to entrust the safety of their kids to a new person. They should have sent an acquaintance with the new driver to let him know about the addresses.

The mother of a KG student alleged that carelessness on the part of school authorities led to a lot of mental tension to the parents.


IGP ordered to investigate FIR
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the IGP of the UT police to start investigations on an FIR (first information report) registered against a Punjab IAS officer, Mr S.S. Dhillon, in a trespassing and theft case.

Mr Justice V.M. Jain while handing down this order directed the IGP to investigate the said FIR within three months and to submit the report to the concerned court.

The FIR against the officer concerned was also registered on the directions of the High Court. The Chandigarh Police was trying to hush up the case, “alleged the petitioner, who again moved the High Court following which Mr Justice Jain issued these directions.


Plea to release Yog Raj
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — The UT District and Sessions Judge today issued a notice for November 11 on the bail application filed by Yog Raj Singh, father of cricketer, Yuv Raj.

The Defence counsel stated in the bail application that Gurmeet Kaur had filed an affidavit in the court that the petrol recovered from the farmhouse belonged to her and she had already been granted bail by the magistrate.

The defence counsel further argued that the accused was falsely implicated in the case and there was nothing to be recovered from the accused, therefore he should be granted bail. Yog Raj was remanded to fourteen days judicial remand by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class) on November 2. The accused had surrendered before the UT Magistrate on October 31.

The case against the accused had been registered under Sections 420, 285, 286 and 120b of the Indian Penal Code and Section 23 of the Petroleum Act 1934 on June 30 at the Mani Majra police station.

Double murder suspects nabbed
Jhia Lal and Sobh Nath, allegedly involved in a double murder case, were today remanded to judicial remand till November 20, by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr K.K. Goel.

The accused, Jhia Lal and Sobh Nath along with three companions, had allegedly killed two employees, Roop Lal and Nand Kishore sleeping inside a liquor shop owned by Lada Liquor on August 17. The deceased were working as salesmen. The accused had been arrested by the Special Crime staff of local police on August 22 in case of theft and criminal conspiracy under Section 420, 120B of Indian Penal Code and an amount of Rs 54 lakh was also recovered from their possession.

GM (RBI) granted bail
The General Manager of Reserve Bank of India. Mr S.K. Sharma, was granted bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 10,000 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, in a case registered against the accused under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code.

The accused had surrendered before the court and filed a bail application. The complainant, a German lady, had alleged that the accused had misbehaved with her. Three non-bailable warrants had been issued against the accused before his surrender.

Killers sent to remand
Satwinder Singh and Nirmal Singh, allegedly involved in the murder of a Sector 38 resident, Sukhdev Kaur, were today sent to judicial remand till November 20 by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class).

The accused Satwinder Singh and Nirmal Singh were residents of Ludhiana. It was allegedly that they had killed the victim for money. The accused had been arrested on September 21 by the special team of Chandigarh police with the help of the deceased’s husband, Joginder Singh.


Three days of rich musical treat
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 6 — The past week ended with the confirmation that there sure was some future for serious art in the country, despite the proliferation of popular entertainment and art forms. And for those in the city who were beginning to feel famished for want of a classical music fare, the 23rd Sangeet Sammelan organised by the Indian National Theatre on November 3, 4 and 5 brought a massive ray of hope. The three-day concert, which concluded here yesterday in the lawns of Jaisukhlal Hathi Sadan, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, saw a galaxy of Hindustani musicians from all over the country, descend on the City Beautiful.

The 25-year-old tradition thus continued this time also with the attendance of vocalists of the highest order, including the famous Shruti Sadolikar of the Jaipur -Atrauli gharana, Meeta Pandit of the revered Gwalior gharana and Gokulotsav Maharaj, the noted khayal singer who is heading the Vallabhacharya samprada. The Indian National Theatre thus lived upto its commitment of reviving the interest of youngsters in the rich classical tradition of the country, which is seemingly getting lost in the maze of popular music forms, as also of bringing doyens of classical music to town. In the past theatre has presented to the city some great musicians like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Kishori Amonkar and Budhaditya.

This quality of music rendered on all three days of the concert this year was well complimented by the ambience which was tastefully decorated in a pure Indian style, with flowers punctuating every possible corner of the venue. The lighting was soft to suit the tempo and so was the sound amplification. But the best part of the entire show was the uniformly high quality of music fare presented through put the concert, right from its opening by Meeta Pandit. Meeta reproduced her entire musical inheritance in an absolutely classic style, and reflected the musical grandeur of her grandfather Pandit Krishnarao Shankar Pandit who was known for his technique and skill. Meeta’s ragas were completely rendered.

She was followed by Acharya Gokulotsav Maharaj of Indore who was seen in the concert this time after various attempts that went into booking him. He sang in the style of Ustaad Amir Khan Sahib who had risen from the Kirana style and evolved an idiom of his own. His badhat moved into phirat quite effortlessly and she displayed a tremendous power in his taans. He also presented Bihag. Raga Hamsdhwani, the South Indian raga, which has almost completely been integrated into the North Indian form, was also very well-rendered. Acharya Gokulotsav has also done work on comparative religion and literature, and has also thousands of compositions to his credit.

The evening of November 4 saw the young Sangeeta Shankar take over the audience with her well-tuned violin. She recreated the magic which her illustrious mother Dr N. Rajam, Padam Shree, earlier used to spill. Dr Rajam, who retired as Head of Music Department, Benaras Hindu University, has done a lot to integrate this essentially western instrument into Hindustani music. Sangeeta, who has also picked up a doctorate in music, played Bageshwari and Benarasi dadra on November 4.

The rest of the session on November 4 was conquered by the new find of the Hindustani classical world, Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, who started with raag Chhayanat on the request of some audience. Chhayanat, a raga full of repose and shaant ras, is rarely heard these days, but Kaivalya Kumar presented it in the best possible form. Then came the cascade of melodies, including Kalavati and a lilting bhajan Jamuna kinare mora gaon. Kaivalya’s treatment of themes showed immense knowledge and practice. He reminded the old timers of his father pandit Sangamshwar who had regaled them in the same concert some many years ago.

The Indian National Theatre had kept the piece de resistance for the concluding session. And that was the presentation by Shruti Sadolikar, who has suffixed Katkar to her name after marriage. She belongs to the well-known family of Kolhapur, which apart from its sugar mills, is also famous for its sweet music. Her father, who was her main Guru, was himself a direct disciple of Ustad Alladia Khan sahib of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana which has given us personalities like Kesarbai Kelkar, Moghubai Kurdikar and her daughter Kishori Amonkar.

Shruti started with Bilaskhani todi and then gave a recital in Jaijaibilaval (the raag created by blending Jaijaivanti with bilawal). She then rendered Gaud sarang followed by khat (a mixture of six ragas). The last session saw Shruti presenting a thumri — Dil leke mujhe badnaam kiya, ab kahe jaravat ho jiya, followed by a Kabir bhajan in raag Bhairavi. In all her renderings Shruti displayed many gifted qualities like a naturally high pitch, a superb control over rhythm and an aesthetic approach to the raga presentation.

Accompanying the musicians were Mohammad Akram Khan on the tabla and Mehmood Dholpuri on the harmonium. Akram Khan belongs to the famous Ajrara gharana of the Meerut city, which is known for its typical composition and different rhythmic patterns. Mehmood Dholpuri needs no introduction. He has been on the music circuit for almost three decades now and he received his early training from grandfather Ustaad Buddha Khan.

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