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Poor response to ASCE test
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 5 — The national eligibility test for Advanced Certificate Software Engineering (ACSE), organised countrywide by the IBM computer education centre, received a feeble response in the city today. Only 60 candidates from various districts of Punjab took the test whereas the IBM authorities here were expecting a better response. “The response may be less because at this time of the year, most of the students have already taken admission in other courses,” said Mr Gurmohan Singh, managing director, IBM Education Partner.

There were 75 multiple-choice questions on mental ability, to be answered in two hours. A group of students who came out of the centre after taking the test said, “There were lots of mathematic questions, but we had ample time to solve them.”


Science models’ contest
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 5 — Students from over 15 schools participated in the inter-school science models contest held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School Moti Nagar, here on Sunday. The students had made several working and non-working models of biogas plants, solar energy, windmill, electric bell, washing machine and computer. The first prize was bagged by the students of the host school, while students of Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School were declared second and the third prize went to the students of Sanatan Dharam Vidya Mandir. Consolation prizes were distributed to the students of New Central Model School and Rajindra Model Senior Secondary School.


Old students’ meet held at GNEC
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 5 — The alumni of Guru Nanak Engineering College got together at the annual old students’ meet held in the college campus here today. While highlighting the achievement of the students, Mr Surinder Singh, lecturer in the college, said that more than 3000 postgraduate students of the institute were now well-settled abroad. He said, “The institute had started as a polytechnic in 1953 and its status was changed to that of a degree college in 1956. The old students’ association was, however, formally started in 1970 and from then on it has become an annual feature.” Principal Mr R.P. Singh said that since 70 per cent of the total seats in the college were reserved for the students hailing from rural areas, the institute has helped several rural areas become progressive.


Bhupinder, Mitalee cast spell
From A Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Nov 5 — The title song of the new album Nain Ladge Nahin sung in the melodious voices of the husband wife duo of Bhupinder Singh and Mitalee Singh really proved the last evening to be Sureela Mera Punjab. The versatile singer Bhupinder and his equally talented wife, Mitalee regaled a large audience at a glittering function held at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday by Sarthak Music World. Bhupinder dressed in white kurta paijama ensemble and Mitalee in lemon coloured suit regaled the audience with very populars old and new numbers.

The programme, not unusual for Ludhiana, started two hours late. It is a deplorable practice. Mr Bhupinder Singh of Sarthak Music World said his company’s objective was to enrich the diverse forms of music- classical, folk and devotional and reaching them out to millions of music lovers. In this context the company has come back yet with beatiful and melodious offerings with renowned singers Bhupinder, Mitalee, Rajinder Malhar, Ranjana and Anupama. He said: “We are bringing souls together to great treasures of Indian classical music, perhaps the entire genre of contemporary music. Today, we will present listener’s joy collectors pride.

The programme started with a popular and well known young singers Ranjana . She sang Mahiya ve mahiya in a very beautiful style which went well with the audience while Anupama impressed the audience with beautiful song Je tu ankhiya de samne nahin rehna.

After whetting the appetite for music, the golden voiced Bhupinder Singh and Mitalee regaled the audience with their honeyed voices. Mitalee’s song Mein kojhi, mera ranjhan sona, Ishq da rog, Umra da rona created an aura of nostalgia for post era of Heer and Ranjha.

The next wordings of her song :

Dekha hai zindgi mein, hamne azamma ke,
Deta hai yaar dokha, dil ke kareeb aa ke.

This song brought the house down for the words were very pertinent to the modern times. Mitalee involved the audience by asking them to sing along with them.

Since the promoters wanted Bhupinder to sing Punjabi songs and the audience wanted him to sing gazhals, he said, “I will need two days to satisfy your demands. One day I shall sing gazals and on the second day I shall sing Punjabi folk songs and Punjabi gazhals.

He broke out into an old song after telling the audience that some of them might not have been born when he sang this song for the first time :

Ho kar mazbor usne mujhe bhulaya hoga,
Zehar chupke se dawa jaan kar khaya hoga.

And then he laughingly narrated that many people say that they will die when separated but no one dies. So in this context he sang a song in his powerful rich baritone, melodious voice .

Judai : Maut kade na de

On persistent request, he sang Kisi nazar ko tera intzaar aaj bhi hai and they concluded with a beautifully worded duet :

Rahon pe nazar rakhna, hothon pe dua rakhna
Aa jaye koi shayad, darwaaja khulla rakhna.

And then it was the end of meaningful music. The scenario changed dramatically. It seemed an era from past was ripped off and a new era of cacophony of sounds started. The new upcoming singer Rajinder Malhar, a young and vibrant singer from Ludhiana with his typical and powerful folk voice sang the title song Kudi aakh na milave - Uton Uton from the album of same name, which was released last evening. This album presents eight songs. The music of the album was produced by equally young Vinay Kamal.

The earlier soulful music changed into forceful and fast tapping music which made people to break out into impromptu bhangra. Rajinder Malhar wearing a longish steel grey coat and a black T-shirt with a goatee beard created quite a hype by his frenzied singing and it seems that he could set Sutlej on fire. The crowd responded wildly and broke out into vigorous and zestful bhangra. In the end, the entire team of singers sang a chorus to mark the end of the function.

SMW, two-pronged strategy was seen for reaching out their goal of reviving traditinal music and making it available to all worthy listeners and to also promote young new talented singers.

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