Monday, October 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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Five professionals honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — It was no routine award conferring function. It was to honour persons in pursuit of causes dear to their hearts.

The local ARTS Forum today held a function to honour five personalities.

Founded by former principal, College of Architecture, Dr S.S. Bhatti, in 1988 the forum took inspiration from the generous life led by Dr Mansingh Virdi, whose birth centenary falls on October 1. Dr Virdi, the eye surgeon who illuminated the lives of thousands of people, provided the basic idea behind forming ARTS Forum wherein the words ARTS stand for action, reaction, towards, sanity. Dr Bhatti, the younger son-in-law of Dr Virdi found the forum with an objective of honouring those who are silently engaged in activities which further the cause of humanity.

Among the professionals who were honoured by Padmabhushan Dr R.P. Bambah were five persons from varied fields including Dr Darshan Singh, Dr Hari Jigyasu, Dr D.C. Bhattacharya, Laxman Das Sandhu and M.L. Koser. The award included a cash prize and a robe of honour, and was awarded for a tremendous contribution which the above mentioned have made to the various fields of human and academic activity.

The conferring began with Dr Darshan Singh who served as Chairman, Department of Guru Nanak Studies, Panjab University for 16 years and also served as member of Senate and Syndicates of institutes of learning. He is also widely acclaimed for his interpretation of the Gurbani.

The next read out by architect Ms Sumeet Kaur was that of Mr M.L. Koser who had contributed to the field of art and culture by founding Pracheen Kala Kendra which today has many branches all over the country. He was lauded for his efforts in reviving the taste for Indian classical music through the kendra which, apart from teaching, conducts examinations in classical music and dance.

Dr Hari Jigyasu was awarded for his role as a researcher in the field of music. Dr Jigyasu’s role as a violinist and later as an assistant to music director Hans Raj Behl was also brought to light. It was further made known that Dr Jigyasu is on the verge of making a tremendous contribution which would be known as a world classic. He has produced 3,000 manuscripts for a dictionary on the Indian ragas.

Yet another awardee spotted by the forum is the man who is one among the very few music exponents of the Patiala gharana. Laxman Das Sandhu, the man who made his debut at the age of 13 from AIR Lahore. From there, this disciple of Ustaad Barkat Ali Khan and Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Saheb went on to sing from all the radio stations of the country. He also participated in a number of national level programmes.

Dr D.C. Bhattacharya, who is serving his third tenure as Head, Department of Fine Arts, PU, was the fifth awardee of the evening. He could, however, not be available today due to ill health. Lauding the achievements of the five who were awarded here today, Dr Bambah, who was the chief guest for the evening, highlighted the importance of adopting self restraint when it came to sensitive matters. He said, “From 75 year’s of experience I can tell you that the most important thing in life is to look at another’s point of view. He added that the forum’s theme of moving towards sanity is as relevant today as it earlier was. It is insane to settle problems by way of armament. Mutual goodwill must be secured.”

Earlier the chief guest was welcomed by Mr K.P. Sinha, Associate Editor, The Tribune, who read out a verse in the honour of the guest: Subah ki pehli kiran sa, khat tera aaya hai aaj, hamne ye jaisa ujala din dhale paya hai aaj.” Mr Sinha went on to state that the birth of ARTS had a divine scheme, and the guiding line was: “Move on, don’t stop.”

Later Dr S.S. Bhatti introduced the personality of Dr Mansingh Virdi who dedicated his life to the service of his brethren. He also spoke about the reasons which led him to establish this forum. “I wanted to work out solutions. Today everyone in engaged in slander as a means of settling problems. But the fact remains that solution lies only in mutual goodwill which can be secured through a healthy dialogue.”

He added that the objective of the forum is to bring real talent to the fore. “We are here to tell you about those who work wonders in obscurity,” he said, adding that this was the dream which Dr Mansingh wanted to realise. Mr R.L. Goyal, president of the forum also spoke on the occasion.


Telefilm ‘Daldal’ to focus on AIDS
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1 — To create an awareness among the masses about AIDS, the city-based Twenty First Century Productions has produced a tele-film ‘Daldal’. The Film portrays small mistakes committed by individuals that turn into harsh reality and even the end of life.

The film is very clear about its subject and conveys the message strongly that one can only protect oneself against the disease as it is 100 per cent fatal. The message, though simple, is conveyed strongly and in simple words. The film is neat and clean and there is no scope for any censor cuts. All issues related to AIDS including unprotected sex, exchanging of syringes and transfusion of blood have been touched upon. It also conveys that the patient should be treated sympathetically as anybody living with him cannot get AIDS,

The storyline revolves around a married couple where the husband visits a call girl regularly much to the disgust of his wife. The character in the half way of the film suffers fever that does not go. With the advice of his wife he goes to see a doctor who performs ELISA test on him. He tests positive for the same and the film takes a new turn. Much to the surprise of the viewers the wife who is not told by her husband about the disease gets to know about him while she secretly visits the doctor, accepts the husband rather than even thinking to write him off.

The husband regrets his mistake and sends his son to a hostel and decides to work for a social organisation involved in awareness about the disease. The wife who respects his desire to work for the noble cause supports him actively in the mission.

The film has been produced by Ms Madhu Kaushik and directed by Mr V.K. Kaushik. The cast includes Jonita Doda, Kunal, Dr S. Chaudhary, Harry, Sharan, Malika, Vijay Joshi and Dr (Ms) Ramneek Sharma. The film is due to release in a couple of days and will be dubbed in various languages, says the Director. Various NGOs active in the field will also be contacted besides different TV channels.

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