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Chinese team attends seminar in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 11
A six-member delegation from China attended a seminar organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the UT Guest House, Sector 7, here yesterday. The Chinese delegation’s visit is part of an exchange programme under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Board and the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (JPDE), China, from 2003-06. The purpose of the visit is to discuss various strategies and modalities essential for enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation to explore potential for education extension and development between Punjab and the JPDE.

Under the memorandum, each party has to make arrangements for a visit for up to seven days of delegation of the other party every year. To encourage partnerships and exchange of letters, audio-visual materials between schools in Punjab and the JDPE will be exchanged. Joint educational activities such as international conferences, seminars, study tours and professional attachments and other exchange programmes is the part of this MoU.

Ms Tejinder Kaur, Principal Secretary, presided over the seminar.

Ms Tejinder Kaur said, “Both countries have rich cultures and are heavily populated. In many of the areas both countries face similar problems. This exchange programme will definitely help in bringing changes in the educational scenario in the two countries”.

Prof H.S. Sidhu, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, Mr Venkatatnam, Special Secretary, School Education, Mr Mahender Bir Singh, Secretary, Punjab School Education Board, were also present on the occasion.



National Technology Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Students of Government Girls Senior secondary School, Sector 8, celebrated the National Technology Day here today.

An inter-house science quiz competition was organised on this occasion. Students of classes X and XII took part in the contest. Shivani, Shefali and Monika of Lotus House won the contest.

An essay writing competition was also held in which as many as 25 students from various classes took part. In the junior category the topic was “Vigyan ke Chamatkar (Miracles of Science), while for the senior category the topic was “Contributions of Sir Albert Einstein”.

In the junior category, Sushma of Tulip House was adjudged the winner, followed by Jyoti of Jasmine House and Bindu of Jasmine House in the second and third positions, respectively.

In the senior category Rashi of Rose House was declared the winner, while Rebekka of Tulip House bagged the second prize.

The Principal, Ms Kuldevi Yadav congratulated the winners and also enlightened the students about the life and accomplishments of Sir Albert Einstein.



Retired college teachers’ function today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Annual function of the Punjab Government College Retired Teachers’ Welfare Association, Chandigarh will be held on May 12 at 11 a.m. in hall of Government College for Men, Sector 11, here. Principal S.P. Dhawan will give a talk on “Issues concerning higher education” on the occasion. Mrs Nisha Sarad, D.P.I. (Colleges) Punjab will preside over the function.



Stunning performance by French danseuse
S.D. Sharma

The grandeur and spirituality of the Bharatnatyam was today redefined by French danseuse Annie, who is obsessed with the charm of the Indian culture.

Born in Paris and holding a masters degree in French and English literature from Sorbonne University, Annie, who has rechrishened herself Devayani fell in love with the Indian tradition after witnessing a Bharanatyam dance sequence in a film Phantom India, which proved to be the turning point in her life.

In order to understand, assimilate and imbibe the essence of Bharatnatyam, Devayani remained under the tutelage of top Bharatnatyam maestros including Yamini Krishnamurty. She says that her sole mission in life now is to promote, preserve and propagate the finer naunces of this Indian classical dance. She has performed extensively at all leading art venues and organised seminars and workshops.

Acclaimed as a powerful link between the East and the West, Devayani is a graceful artiste with a missionary zeal. According to her, Bharatnatyam is the art of tuning oneself to the innermost beat of the world. She has a stunning and magnetic personality, which establishes her as one of the outstanding exponents of her craft.

On an invitatation of the Pracheen Kala Kendra on the occasion of the 99th Baithak, Devayani gave a sterling performance which enthralled the city art lovers.

Devayani’s subtle aesthetic sensibilities were evident from the start in the devotional fervour of a prayer addressed to Lord Ganapati. Then followed an invocatory piece paying obeisance to Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer.

She performed Varnam set to Raga Karaharapriya, Adi Tala (8 beats). The pure dance segments in the Varnam were marked by intricate footwork and fine postures.

The Padam in Raga Attana, set to Rupaka Tala, followed next. In this expressive piece, Devayani had the portrayal of a Nayika, expressing her happiness to be one with the Lord.

Devayani’s exposition of Bharatnatyam’s intrinsic charm increasingly came out in the subsequent items.

The Padam: “Thaye Yashoda” in Raga Todi, set to Adi Tala, was well performed. In Tillana, Devayani completely merged herself with the rhythm of the piece in Raga Darbari Kanhara.

She concluded her recital with prayer “Nagenbra Araye Namma Shivaye”, choreographed by herself and inspired by the music of Susheela Raman.



Canadian writer Nadeem Parmar’s novel released

“Chaak jigar ke si lete hain, jaise bhi ho jee lete hain..” and more soulful ghazals penned by Vancouver-based litterateur have been immortalised by maestro Jagjit Singh and others. A latest ghazal album “Tamanna” in the voice of Jaswinder Singh, a disciple of Jagjit Singh, features in his hit lyrics, “Dard -e-dil ho” and “Iss tere paak se badan ko ‘nadeem’ Ganga kehden ya gangajal kehden..” The prolific author of three Urdu ghazal collections and equal number of Punjabi poetry books and Punjabi novels is undeniably an ambassador of Punjabiat in the western world.

A science teacher belonging to Phagwara, he left for the UK in 1964 to finally settle in Vancuover in Canada in 1970. He worked as a communication engineer in the alien land but always kept his innerself firmly aligned to the rich cultural heritage of Punjabi culture. This fact is apparent in all his creations like Nadeem, Lala -e- Bezari,Ishraff se pehle, Rupahli chhan,Bindu to ure,Pati pati, Chitti maut (Translitetaed in English also), Peshi and Inder jal.

“Fiction not truth is what humankind lives in and truth arises from fiction, not the way around..” said Kulwant Singh, the writer poet, better known by his penname Nadeem Parmar, at the release ceremony and critical appreciation session of his novel “Inder Jal” at the Uttam complex hall held under the aegis of the Writers Club on Tuesday.

After the formal release of the novel by CR Moudgil, Director, Haryana Punjabi Academy, eminent scholars came out with divergent views on the issues ailing the Punjabi community, which is theme of the novel.

In “Inder Jal”, Nadeem has presented a classic love story in the pastoral Doaba culture and nurtured in Canada. The highly potent script depicts the deadly repercussions of the events ranging from the Partition to the 9/11 incident in the USA, including the 1984 riots and the Kanishka air crash. Nadeem has beautifully co-related and illustrated the bearings of these episodes on the “life” of Punjabis in Punjab as well as in the western world. He has created the situations in the novel to prove the sentimental blackmail still manipulated by a vested few, fanning terrorism ideals, which continue to lower the dignity of the Punjabis.

Dr Jagjit Singh from Delhi University, Prof Kulwant Singh,Dev Bhardwaj, Nirmal Dutt Poet Sham Singh, Dr Gurdar Pal participated in the discussions. OC


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