Sunday, September 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Teachers uneasy over new library rules
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Voice of dissent is being raised by city government college lecturers against new rules laid down by the Director Public Instruction (colleges) for the use of college libraries by students and faculty members in these colleges.

The DPI’s (C) notice to government colleges enumerating these rules states that the rules are being laid ‘in order to streamline the system and have a proper check to safeguard the interest of students/other potential users’. The college lecturers, on the other hand, state that the rules give a lot of undue powers to the librarians of the colleges.

The librarians, however, on conditions of anonymity, tell that the college lecturers are in a habit of issuing library books and retaining them for a complete session and sometimes even more and as a result are unhappy over the rule that both college faculty members and students will have to return the issued book within a month.

The librarians it seems are not very wrong. “It is our right to keep books for the whole session and I think the students too should be allowed to do so. In fact this has been the practice in our college for years now. And now we are expected to keep going to the library and getting the books reissued,” stated one lecturer of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

But there are other lecturers who feel differently. “Yes that has been a practice in colleges that the teacher gets some of the books issued for the session and the students never even get to see their covers. The teachers even go ahead and recommend the reading of these books to the students who are left with little choice but to buy them.

So the rule of 30 days is a positive one but then the list of rules does have some rather objectionable things,” feels another teachers of the college.

The lecturers are in fact referring to a note to a particular rule which states that the library defaulters may be denied the right to avail the library facilities by the Principals on the recommendations made by the librarian. And although the DPI’s office has formulated these rules for colleges on the lines of the Panjab University library rules laid on the university calendar, there is no note of this variety stated there. “No where does the PU calendar say that any member will be denied the use of library facilities,” says a PU senator.

“The teachers will not be under the disciplinary control of librarians and we oppose this particular note to the rules which the administration has added on its own. Chances are that this rule is not found in the list of rules laid down by the administration for its Central State libraries,” informs another college lecturer.

Even the librarian of one of the centre state libraries is not sure if this particular note is listed in their list of rules for its members. “I don’t think there is a rule like this. There are disciplinary actions listed but they pertain to fines etc not abstaining anyone from using the library,” he says.

And as far as the students are concerned, they are not objecting to any of these rules. “We were in any case returning these books in time so we have no problem if the unsaid rules are now written down,” they point out.


Inter-house competitions in DAV-15
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 15
Inter-house competitions, including dumb charades, just a minute, flower decoration and many others were held at DAV Model School, Sector 15 here today.

Students from six houses, divided in three categories sub-junior, junior and senior, competed with each other in different competitions. Nehru House emerged winner followed by Dayanand House as the runner up. The competition started with lighting of the lamp by the Principal, DAV College, Mr R C Jeevan.

The results are as follows: Senior group:Wordsworth-first- Karuna(Gandhi House); second- Ruchika(Gandhi House); third- Shikha(Gandhi House). Dumb Charades-first-Shradha, Paveena, Gurbani(Tagore House); second- Anchal, Shaheez, Chandni (Shastri House); Vineet, Richa, Anubha (Gandhi House).

Just a minute-first-Gurnoor, Ruchi (Nehru House) ; second - Aditi Rana, Sakshi (Dayanand House) ; third - Natasha, Malika (Vivekanand House). Salad decoration- First- Harmandeep (Dayanand House). Salad dressing - First - Uravashi (Shastri House);second-Ruhani (Tagore House).

Junior Group:dumb charades- first - Balpreet, Kuljeet , Sarah (Dayanand House). Buy well sell well-Aayush Mahajan, Palak (Tagore and Vivekanand House). Seller- first- Anmol(Dayanand House). Best out of waste-first-Ishita (Gandhi House), Second-Palavi (Shastri House), Third- Roma (Dayanand House).

Clay modeling- first- Amardeep (Nehru House);second-Kamaljeet (Tagore House);third-Palavi (Vivekanand House). Painting- first- Akshay (Nehru House);second- Akshit (Dayanand House);third- Nancy (Nehru House). Floor decoration - first- Aditi (Nehru House), second- Pooja (Gandhi House), third- Poorva(Dayanand House);Consolation:Atamjeet (Dayanand House).

Sub- Junior-Drawing- first - Arushi (Vivekanand House) ; second- Divya (Nehru House) ;third - Vivek (Nehru House). Clay modeling - first- Monik (Tagore House); second- Uneet (Gandhi House);third-Ashutosh (Tagore House).

Poetry recitation-first-Ashish (Vivekanand House) ; second - Kirti (Vivekanad House); third-Akshit (Tagore House). Public speaking- first- Aditya (Nehru House); second- Puja (Vivekanand House); third- Rashim ( Gandhi House).

Fancy Dress: first- Utkarsh (Gandhi House); second-Harjinder (Gandhi House); third-Ashwariya (Nehru House).

Mehndi-first-Shivani(Tagore House); second-Neetu (Vivekanand House);third-Nivedita(Shastri House).


Cheating case against institute
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 15
The local police today registered a case of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy against Global Mediascripts Infotech, Sector 35, for the institute’s alleged failure to provide “promised” monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 each, quality education, trained and certified faculty and other facilities to the students.

It may be recalled that Chandigarh Tribune (September 8) had published a report about the allegations levelled against the institute by some of its students. A complaint was registered earlier by 12 students to the Superintendent of Police (Operations, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, who had handed it over to the DSP, Economic Offences Wing. A case has been registered under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.


Police warns computer training institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The city police yesterday convened a meeting of representatives of computer training institutes in the city to discuss the rise in cases of fraud by such institutes during the past six months.

According to the information available, 120 proprietors of such institutes attended the meeting convened by the SP Operations, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal. Representatives from institutes imparting training in related fields, like medical transcription, software development etc., were also present.

The police has decided to give precautionary warnings to as many as six computer companies currently being examined by it for their alleged acts of omission and commission.

The institutes were asked not to give any assurances of job if they were not in a position to deliver, ensure that proper stipend was given to students after they had achieved the desired level of proficiency.

They were asked to respect the conditions of the contract with their employees/trainees with utmost seriousness.

On the other hand, the institute owners complained that they had to suffer the non-payment of dues by students and a high degree of absenteeism.


Ensuring peaceful student elections
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Panjab University has chalked out precautionary measures to prevent interference in the normal functioning of the university, particularly in view of the forthcoming elections to the Campus Students Council scheduled for September 21.

All students have been asked to carry their identity cards with them while on the campus. Mr R.K. Singh, the Chief Security Officer, said that candidates could be stopped at the gate and asked to identify themselves. The last date for getting the identity cards made was September 11.

Student bodies have been asked not to disfigure the walls with posters. The police has registered cases in this regard. The campus , at least so far, presents a clean look. Of course, there are scores of cars displaying huge posters of a student organisation on their windows.

The university has also received a letter from the Administration containing instructions regarding the election norms. Mr R.K. Singh said that one of the norms was that no campaigning should be carried out in girls’ hostels after 9 p.m. and in boys’ hostels after 10 p.m. Non-students would not be allowed entry into the hostels.

In a related scheme, the university has introduced four different kinds of stickers to be pasted on vehicles for identification at the university gates, Mr R.K. Singh said.

The stickers will be fluorescent and in four different colours. These will be for residents and employees, faculty members, hostellers and day scholars. The use of stickers will continue even after the elections.

The process of distributing these stickers has started but still a large number of vehicles are seen on the campus without stickers. The Chief Security Officer said that the Dean, Student Welfare, would look into the process of handing out the stickers. Chairpersons of departments are expected to forward the records to him.

Without showing signs of direct interference in the university elections, the police has a list of top names in all student organisations and will keep a watch on the whole process. The police has seen incidents of violence in the recent past which underline its role.


When students were tension-free
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Flipping through the newspaper, the Principal of Sector 46 Government College, Mr D.P. Singh, is struck by a small report sandwiched between two special stories. His eyes widen with disbelief, and horror, as he reads about another suicide by a student in the city.

After going through the report once, twice, thrice, in an attempt to understand the psychology of the “victim”, Mr Singh says, “Such an extreme step by a student was virtually unknown when we were studying”.

Going back in time, Mr Singh asserts: “Those days tension from cut-throat competition for the top position, and high expectations from the parents, were unheard of. Moreover, the student community had dedicated teachers, nothing less than father figures, to look up to for help and guidance whenever they felt low or were in trouble”.

Giving details, the principal says: “Over 85 per cent of the undergraduates in the 60s, and even in the 70s, were not conscious of the career options available to them. They were interested in sports, and except joining the Army, most of them had no plans for the future. As a result, they had fewer reasons to remain tense”.

Moreover, the teachers were always there to solve the problems being faced by the students. “The tutors knew everything about a student that was worth knowing. His interest, his family background, his likes and dislikes — they had everything on their fingertips,” he reveals. “Even before the student could utter a word, they were aware of the problem. Such was the dedication and love for the apprentice”.

That was a long time back. “Today, the young lecturers do not want to own the students. They are more interested in the share market and building houses than solving the problems of the students. No wonder, the youngsters are left to fend for themselves,” he claims.

The change, he says, has unfortunately come at a time when the students are in dire need of supervision and direction. “Frustration among the learners is on the rise. Besides competition and expectations, the television has a major role to play in it,” he insists. “Cable channels have brought awareness among the students, that is true, but these are also pushing the students into a world of artificiality where smoking, drinking, drugs and love affairs are not rare. The problem comes when the students try to look for such pleasures in real life. Needless to say, they are greeted with failure leading to frustration”.

The students, Mr Singh says, are more vulnerable than they were a few decades ago. “They need help and guidance not only from the parents, but also from the teachers. I request them to spare just a few minutes from their busy schedules every day and talk to the teenagers to solve their problems. Even if we are able to prevent one student from taking his life, I think we will succeed in our mission,” he concludes.


Education scene witnessing change’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Education scenario in the country is witnessing a definite change due to changed priorities. Students, besides seeking regular university degrees, a more clear and are for additional qualifications in their bag. Information technology has a very big share in this direction.

These views were expressed by Mrs J.R.D.Kailey, Director, RCC, while addressing a seminar on ‘Technology led education’, organised by the Business Club of the Panjab University Business School and the local chapter of the Zed Career Academy here today.

Mr S.M.Govindraj, a product manager with the Sterling Carnegie Technology Education , gave an insight into the fundamentals of information technology. He also gave details of different courses separately.

Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Public Relations of the UT, also spoke on the occasion. He said the UT Administration was setting up information kiosks in different parts of the city to enable citizens to access forms and submit these online.

The forms related to 20 government departments and the demand of computer professionals.


Concept of ‘total education’ propounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The national president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad(BVP), Justice Mr Rama Jois, today propounded the concept of “total education” encompassing intellectual, mental and physical education for the development of the nation.

Addressing a seminar on “Inculcation of moral and cultural values through education: need of the hour”, organised by the BVP(East) here, Justice Jois regretted that moral and cultural values in education had been neglected for a long time.

Regretting the erosion of professional ethics in the present generation, he termed the onslaught on women as worse than murder. In the pursuit of intellectual knowledge we often neglect the man with the result that the education has become “money making” profession.

Quoting profusely from the ancient Indian scriptures, Gandhiji and Swami Vivekananda, Justice Jois regretted that though we prepared excellent five year plans yet we lacked honest planner who could implement the plans.

In her address, the convener of the seminar, Ms Shrista Mahajan, came down heavily on the educational system introduced by the British, which was behind the present day ills in Indian society.


400 participate in Camel Colour Contest-2001
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 15
As many as 400 students participated in the All-India Camel Colour Contest-2001 held at Kendriya Vidyalya High Ground Air Force Station, Chandigarh, near here today.

Students from Classes I to X from various schools participated in the contest based on various topics including festival, environment, peace, landscaping and seasons.

Mr K.L. Saluja of Aslishan Stationers said the contest was organised to promote the young talented children. Mr Saluja also thanked Mr D. S. Pilkhwal, Principal of the school, and appealed the parents to motivate their wards to take part in such competitions.

Ajay Singh Rana, Simran singh, Sonam Sweta, Banipreet Kaur, Paramjit, Neelam Rani were adjudged best artistes of the contest for their painting on landscaping, festivals, Thar desert, fair scene, flowers and peace, respectively. The winner students were also given prizes, added Mr Saluja.


Small savings a matter of habit’
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, September 15
The National Savings Organisation of Punjab and Chandigarh celebrated ‘Sanchayika Day’ in collaboration with the Directorate of Small Savings in the Sector 18 Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls here today.

The District Savings Officer, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, said, “Small savings target for the past year was Rs 75 crore and the department was able to achieve the figure of Rs 82 crore. Agents, schools, office and factory workers are part of the small savings mission.

The Director Public Instructions, (School), Mr D.S. Saroya, presided over the function. He said the ‘Sanchayika’ movement had developed firm roots in schools. “Small deposits do not give children lakhs of rupees in return, but this way, they inculcate in themselves the habit of saving money,” he said.

The Sector 46-D Government Model Senior Secondary School was adjudged the best school among in Chandigarh for a maximum contribution of Rs 25,80,000 by its students towards the small saving scheme. The Principal of the school, Mr R.S. Goraya, was praised for his efforts in making the scheme a success.

A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion by students of the school. The principals and ‘Sanchayika’ heads of various schools were awarded trophies and certificates. Schoolteachers and officials of the UT Education Department were also present on the occasion and the UT Joint Finance Secretary, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, was the chief guest.


Prizes for three schools

Three schools of the district were awarded prizes for maximum contributions to the small savings scheme, at a function in the Sector 15 District Primary Education Department here today.

The first prize went to Government Primary School of Rathpur, the second to Government School of Kalka’s Railway Colony and the third to the Sector 19 Government School. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Goyal, gave away the prizes.

At the ‘Sanchayaka Diwas’ function, Mr Goyal said, if children cultivated the habit of small savings, this would go a long way in making the economy strong. He stressed the need for encouraging the scheme in remote and rural areas.

The Block Education Officer, Ms Savitri Wadhawan, said each school student of the block had deposited Re 1 every month under the scheme, while major contributions came from the Education Department.


MC not to shift offices; appeal to HC okayed
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 15
The local Municipal Council today gave clearance for the filing of an appeal in the Punjab & Haryana High Court against the decision of the Ropar Additional District Judge in a case relating to the vacation of the premises occupied by the council in Phase VII here.

This was decided at a meeting of the council here. The civic body does not have its own accommodation for housing its offices and had taken the building in question on rent at Rs 12,872 per month. The building owner had filed a case in the court of the Additional Civil Judge at Kharar for getting the building vacated. The judge decided the case against the council in July last year against which the civic body had filed an appeal in the court of the Ropar Additional District Judge.

The meeting said it was difficult to make alternative arrangements for office accommodation at short notice. As such, it was necessary to file an appeal against the order of the Ropar court. The legal adviser had also cleared the step on September 4.

Two-minute silence was observed in memory of Mr Gurmohan Ram, a councillor who died recently, and those killed in the terrorist attacks in the USA.

Opposition councillors sought the adjournment of the meeting till Monday in view of the death of Mr Gurmohan Ram, as was the practice in the state Assembly and Parliament. However, the council President, Mr Kulwant Singh, adjourned the meeting for only half an hour as the important issue regarding the filing of the appeal in the high court was to be discussed. At this, nine Opposition councillors staged a walkout.

The House also decided to write to the government for initiating legal action for the eviction of a former executive officer of the civic body, Mr K.S. Brar, from a council house still in his possession. The meeting also opposed the transfer of Mr Brar back to the council as executive officer.


6-month RI in milk adulteration case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 15
The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, today sentenced a resident of Mani Majra to six months’ rigorous imprisonment in a case of food adulteration.

It was alleged that on January 9, 1996, a food inspector had found 10 kg adulterated milk in possession of milkman, Avtar Singh, during a raid. The sample was taken and sent for analysis to a laboratory.

As per the report, the sample was found deficient in fats and milk solids. The report revealed that there were 3.2 per cent fats and 6.4 milk solids in the sample instead of the required 4.5 fats and 8.4 milk solids.

Bail granted

A local court on Friday granted bail to nine persons in a case of cheating and forgery. The city police had arrested accused, Mohamad Sadiq, and eight others in connection with forging Indira Vikas Patras worth Rs 40,000.


Punjabi pop is king: Jazzy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Jazzy B, the UK-based Punjabi pop singer, who shot into fame in India with his album ‘Surma’, has come out with another dance album ‘Oh Kehri’. At a press conference in the Chandigarh Press Club here today, Jazzy B said commercialisation of Punjabi music had helped it cross state boundaries, with the result that Punjabi pop music now reigned over a major part of the world.

The 26-year-old artiste who has released eight albums so far, said his latest album included brand new sounds and style along with the music of Sukhshinder Shinda.

Jazzy B rides a new music wave with ‘Oh Kehri’, especially with the number ‘Dil’. The video of this track features the singer with Femina Miss India in Malaysia. The album appeals to varied tastes. While the title track ‘Oh Kehri’ and ‘Kudi’ are prospective lover’s tribute to beauty, ‘Naag’ brings Punjabi folk to the fore and its video has been shot in Punjab.

The lyrics are by Satinder Kala, Pinda Dhaliwal, Makhan Luharan Wala, Jasvir Gunachauria and K.S. Dialpuri.

Jazzy said his relationship with Tips Industries Limited, the company that is releasing his latest album, was satisfactory. He said he regretted that his earlier albums could not do well because of widespread cassette piracy.

Mr Rajiv Sogani, Senior Vice-President of Tips, faced a volley of questions on the issue of showing obscene videos. He said, “Since the albums were targeted at youngsters, the videos had to cater to their tastes.” He said Tips was promoting many new artistes, though he could not name anyone.

Later, Jazzy B regaled a select audience in the club with his hit numbers, including ‘Surma’, ‘Dil’ and ‘Naag’.


Entertainment unlimited by Jassi
Tribune News Service

Punjabi Pop singer Jasbir Jassi performs in the Gymkhana Club, Panchkula, on Saturday night.
Punjabi Pop singer Jasbir Jassi performs in the Gymkhana Club, Panchkula, on Saturday night. 

Panchkula, September 15
It was entertainment unlimited as Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi left the crowd at the Gymkhana Club asking for more at a cultural evening organised for the members here today. It was for the first time that Jassi performed in Haryana.

While the youngsters in the crowd danced to the popular numbers the singer doled out at the programme, the older lot was content enjoying the peppy tunes and fast beats which resounded all evening.

Beginning with “Chano da jawani wich pair pae gaya..”, the song was a show-stealer all the way from the beginning to the end, eliciting tremendous response from the audience. The spirits were high as caps went up in the air.

There was great excitement when Jassi started crooning “Kudi, Kudi”. Exhilarated dames in tank tops and guys in faded denims swayed wildly as the thumping beats of bhangra blared from the over-head speakers filled the air.

Other numbers which were appreciated by the crowd and in great demand included “Gal which pa lai gani yaar di”, “Sawan di raat” and “Chhora Ganga Kinare wala”. While his songs continued to enthuse youngsters and kept them interested, colourful lights on stage set the evening apart and lent colour to the programme.

Between songs, while Jassi took a little time off, the crowd was kept entertained with dances on Hindi numbers topping the charts, by a music and dance troupe, Charlie dancing group.

The ground became a dancing floor for the excited audience and it surely was a memorable evening . However, some gatecrashers chose to hang around the venue, hoping the guards would relent and let them get in without asking for membership cards.

However, ultimately, they resigned to enjoying the show from outside the gate.


Fragrance of ‘dhol’ has brought him here
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
His life is a matter of rhythm — a rhythm which he has consciously guarded across the seven seas. The passion for music has finally brought him closer to his soil, which he now wants to nurture with the manure of his music. May be an umpteenth in the line of Punjab pop singers, Sukhdev Sukha sounds confident of managing attention in a short span.

His latest album has the reputed HMV tag. Titled Tu Mast Kalandar, the album has already pushed him into the list of MTV Ubarta Sitara. So, nowadays the prime music channel is all about Sukha’s folk and urban melodies blended into a winsome combination. Some of this Punjab magic also spilled on the stage at Planet M today, with the youth going wild with hid rhythm. Sukha started later than the scheduled time, but he really gripped the audience once he set the ball rolling.

Strange though it might be that someone should return to India in search of musical notes. But this one has precisely done that. From the wild of the West to the calm of the East, Sukhdev has traversed many a path to settle here where music flows from the rocks, the streams, the air and most importantly, the Punjabi dhol. All Sukha has done is that he has captured the beauty of Punjabi dhol in his latest album and walked his way into the hearts of many fans.

That is not the end of the road actually. That is just the beginning for this warm and unassuming man who seems to be rather untouched by the waves of the West. Grounded as he is, his music naturally exudes a lot of Indian and more precisely the Punjab fragrance. Perhaps there is more of Sukha to come.


Music and celebration — that’s his bargain
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Sudhi SachdevChandigarh, September 15
This one has some fraction of that hard-to-find-intensity. Or perhaps it seems so...And this despite just 23 years backing him. Although relating age with depth is not absolutely justified, but as they say, “experience comes with age.”

Cite this before Sudhi Sachdev, the young veejay of B4U, the official channel for tomorrow’s Vengaboys show at Circus Grounds, and he quips back, asserting that he is old enough to “contemplate and analyse issues.”

His resume confirms that he actually is. For, he is already anchoring four prime-time music shows at channel B4U, and is expecting to anchor more.... But even with this kind of a job profile, this Delhi boy with strong roots in theatre, is in the process of self discovery.

A strong statement to make that is. He jumps back in defence of the statement, “ Why not, do you know yourself?” As we claim that we do, he answers back, “Well, I am still trying to know myself. Life is all about discovery.” As of now, all Sudhi knows is that he is a man, wishing to exist peacefully in the world; craving for space, while at the same time respecting others’.

Streaks of a philosopher stand tall in his spectacled face and somehow they don’t look misplaced. “Life is beautiful and is meant to be lived to the fullest,” says the winsome boy, who is all set to introduce the foursome Vengaboys at the show tomorrow. Looking back from where he stands today, he misses theatre. “I have not been able to get over this passion. I desperately want to return to theatre. I had been working with Rosh an Abbas in Delhi,” he said.

Where he has done Sliding Doors, Graffitti and a chain of skits, his favourite plays, till date, remain Paradise Lost, Mouse Trap and Death Trap. The stint at theatre has surely given Sudhi an edge in this seemingly-saturated field of veejays. He admits, “It sure has helped. But I must mention that veejays no longer form a part of the elitist group. You switch on any channel and you have somebody indulging in an informal, impersonal conversation with you. It’s rather difficult to guard originality. That’s the real challenge here. To that extent this job is great.”

And where does he go from here? He does not know yet. But one thing is for sure — unlike most around, he is not after success. That, to him means waking up to a state of morbidity. “Success spurs stagnation. I strongly believe that when you pursue something, it never comes to you. So it’s important to let be and just work through the bright days,”he says.


A soulful rendition by Prof Bali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The city audience was surely blessed today to hear the recital of a great musician, who, for once, does not come from any musical gharana. After rising from the scratch, Prof Baldev Singh Bali today has nothing less than a Padma Vibhushan to glorify his name. Despite the success, the musician, however, remains as humble as ever, acknowledging that “he is no guru. He is still a disciple.”

Trained by great masters in Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Durga Das Sharma and Guru Ram Prasad Razdan, Prof Baldev is today himself a name to reckon with in the field of classical rendition.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune today, he went back to the days of the Maharaja in Jammu and Kashmir — the days which saw promotion of music. Said Prof Bali, “Maharaja Hari Singh was a great patron of music.

During his times, the palace saw great performers like Kesarbai Kelkar, Ali Baksh Sahib and Mallika Pukhraj. Had the maharaja not patronised music, it would not have been elevated to the present status.

A teacher to many all across the country, Prof Bali has retired as the principal of Institute of Music and Fine Arts in Jammu.

He has also been associated with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi since 1957. Only recently he associated Pt Joshi in making of a cassette on Mata Vaishno Devi. Apart from that, Prof Bali has been actively involved in organising various cultural shows in Jammu.

He has also been participating in various other programmes organised every year by the Himachal Government.

Today, he began the programme at Pracheen Kala Kendra with raag Yaman Kalyan in vilambit khayaal set in ek taal and drut in teen taal. The song “Kahe sakhi keise kariye bhariye in lalaan ke sang”, was delightful.

He then went on to singh raga Kaleshari in Jhaptaal and teen taal — Dhan dhan mangal gao gori..tohe garv lagao. Next in the line was a thumri in raga Mishra Peelu, titled worded Nadiya kinare mora gaon. He concluded with a bhajan in raga Bhairavi.

He was accompanied on the tabla by Ujjagar Singh. Neeraj Gandhi played the harmonium. Prof Bali’s disciples, Pinka Bali and Tanya Gupta, accompanied him on the taanpura.

Later, Pinka also presented a Brahmananda bhajan Tero janam maran mit jaye. Tanya sang a Meera bhajan worded Koi kahiyo re.

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