Friday, January 12, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Bail for GMCH guards
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The three security guards — Paramjit Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Vikas held on January 9, from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for the lathi charge on journalists, were granted bail on furnishing bond of Rs 10,000 today by the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr KK Goyal.

The city police had registered a case of rioting and criminal intimidation against the three on January 9. The incident took place when reporters and lensmen tried to meet Punjabi singer, Gurdas Mann, in the hospital.

Trafficking case
The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, dismissed the bail application moved by Krishna Devi, held under the Immoral Traffic Act. The Magistrate granted bail on furnishing bond of Rs 10,000 to a girl, who was arrested along with Krishna on January 9. The city police had arrested Krishna Devi along with a girl from near Azad Rehri market and had registered a case.

Plea dismissed
The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, dismissed the bail application moved by Raj Devi, a resident of Panchkula, and Shamsher Singh, a resident of Narwana, held under the Immoral Traffic Act. The other two arrested along with them were granted bail by the Magistrate. The city police arrested the four on January 9, from Sector 29 and registered a case.



Gandharv regales
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — Gandharv Verma, gave a memorable performance at the 48th monthly ‘baithak’ programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra in the Sector 35 Bhaskar Rao Auditorium here today.

She began the concert with a composition of Kabir, Sai Bin Dard Kaleje Hoi in Raag Bhind and moved on to singing Rehna Nahi Desh Virana Hai, another composition of Kabir, in Raag Jansamohini. Her rendition of Meera’s Bandish Paio Ji Maine Rattan Dhan Paio in Raag Jansamohini and Guru Nanak’s Kahe Re Bann Khojan Jaiee in Raag Yaman was greatly appreciated by the audience.

Gandharv was accompanied by her sons, Avirbhav Verma (on tabla) and Swarit Verma on (instrument), besides Manu Kumar Seen (on sitar), Sriniwas (on casio) and Vijay Kumar (on flute).

She is a talented vocalist who is known for her rendition of bhajan. She had stopped performing for a while after the death of her husband, Pawan Kumar Verma, also a vocalist. “The sole aim of my life now is to fill the void that my husband has left”, she said.

She is an established artiste of all-India Radio and Doordarshan. Between performing on stage and performing on the TV or radio, she believes that the former is better for an artiste. She said an artiste received instant feedback at live performances.

Gandharv got her first lesson in music from her father, Pandit Lachhman Singh Seen, a renowned tabla player. She later learnt the intricacies of classical music from Pandit Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra.


Eloquent silence
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The beauty of stillness comes alive in the works of city-based photo-artist Vijay Ozo, which are on display at IndusInd Bank Art Gallery, Sector 8 here.

The collection, titled Silence, has 12 photographic prints, which are quite arresting. Prof Prem Singh, an eminent artist, explains the works, “His sensitivity to light is what makes him register his artistic expressions in a unique way. The range of tones and textures in black and white is visually stunning.”

The artist has sought inspiration from the water feature in Rock Garden. He records the variation in the natural features. Other interesting features of the works are precision in photographic technique and natural bearing of the prints. The forms have been portrayed in as virgin a form as they exist in.

Born at Charik village in Moga district, Vijay Ozo has to his credit 18 awards, 50 participations, 14 one-man shows and 98 collections. Talking about the present works, he says, “This collection brings out the beauty of water feature in Rock Garden which changes forms in an amazing manner. I have tried to capture the feature as widely as possible.”


Cultural show by children
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — A colourful cultural programme depicting the cultural heritage of India was the main attraction at the concluding day of the two-day prize-giving function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C at Tagore Theatre here today.

Starting with Saraswati Vandana, the programme included several Punjabi and Rajasthani folk dances by students. Tiny tots recited nursery rhymes in colourful dresses.

A one-act play on problem of unemployment and a dance on the number It happens only in India were also presented. The programme ended with bhangra.

During the two-day function, about 250 students were given prizes for excellence in academics, sports and co-curricular activities. Mr. R K Gujral, Home and Education Secretary, was the chief guest. Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of the school, read out a brief report of the various activities and achievements of the school.

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