Friday, October 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


School board forms poll commission
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 11
The Punjab School Education Board authorities today appointed a three-member election commission for conducting the general election of the Punjab School Education Board (Non-Teaching) Karamchari Association. The election to the association will be held on October 24 under the supervision of Mr Parveen Kumar Rattan, Mr Sukhpal Singh and Mr Gurjinder Singh.

The term of the existing body ends on October 30. Mr Parveen Kumar Rattan said the elections would be held for the posts of president, senior vice-president, vice-president, general secretary, organising secretary, joint secretary, finance secretary, press secretary and a member. While three posts would be reserved for Class IV employees, two posts would be reserved for women employees.

The last date for filing the nomination papers and their scrutiny was October 18 (up to 2 pm). The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers was also October 18 (up to 4 pm). The election would be held on October 24. The election for one post each in Zone I and Zone II would be held at Jalandhar and Sangrur, respectively.

For Zone I, comprising textbook sales depots at Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Patti, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Phagwara, and Adarsh schools at Katkar Kalan, Dhar Deo Buttar and Sahizada Sant Singh would be held at Jalandhar. For zone II, comprises Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Mansa, Bathinda, Abohar, Muktsar, Faridkot, Moga, Ludhiana and Adarsh schools at Serawali Dhabwali, Bhagu, Nandgarh, Kot Bhai, Jhawhar Singh Wala and Khambha.

A set of five guidelines has been announced for the candidates contesting the elections. The board authorities have clarified that no canvassing would be allowed on the office premises during the office hours.

Already Section 144 of the CrPC was in force within the premises of the board office and the local administration had banned gathering of five or more persons in the town.


Students demand facilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Students of the Evening Studies Department, Panjab University, are not treated at par with the regular students in terms of facilities available.

This was stated by the new office-bearers of the Student Centre Association of the department at a press conference here today. The office-bearers formally took over the office today.

Those who have been elected to the council include president — Rajinder Singh; vice-president — Ahmed Khan; general secretary — Surjeet Singh; and joint secretary — Kunal Negi.

Rajinder Singh said that there was no common room facility, including games and magazines for students. Students were often asked to show their identity cards at various places in the university. “Many times we were insulted by security guards”, Surjeet Singh said. The department had had no convocation for the past many years. Students also demanded an annual function.

Students showed their fee slips where they said that fees was charged for house examination but they had no house examination during the session. 


All set for PU youth festivals
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The stage is set for the inter-college youth festivals of Panjab University, scheduled to commence later this month, covering more than 100 affiliated colleges of the university.

The university has been divided into 12 zones. Ludhiana and Ferozepur have three zones each and Chandigarh and Hoshiarpur have two zones each. The university will also host a festival at Abohar. The venue for the postgraduates’ constituency still remains undecided.

The festival of Chandigarh ( Zone A) will be held at Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, from October 29 to 31. The venue for Zone B is still under consideration. Events for Hoshiarpur (Zone-A) are scheduled from October 22 to 24 at DAV College. The Zone-B festival for Hoshiarpur colleges will be held at SMS Karamjot College for Women, Miani from November 8 to 10.

Ramgarhia College, Ludhiana, will be the venue for Zone-A of the youth festival. The events will be held from November 5 to 8. The Zone-B of the festival of Ludhiana will be held at KLSD College from November 6 to November 8. The Zone-C of the festival will be hosted by GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, from October 29 to 31.

The Ferozepore (Zone-A) contests are scheduled from October 21 to 23. The venue for the cultural meet is DAV College for Women, Ferozepore Cantonment. The university is yet to finalise the venues for Zone-B and Zone-C for contests in the city.

A separate zone has been created for education colleges . The events will be held at DAV Education College, Abohar. The dates for the event are October 28 to 30. This category of the festival will witness participation from teams of affiliated education colleges in the city and Punjab.

The venue and date for the postgraduates’ category remains undecided. Post graduates at the university can participate in this category of the event. The venue still remains undecided. A separate zone had been created for PU campus, a couple of years earlier. However, the practice has been discontinued.

Students of the Evening Studies on PU campus can participate in Chandigarh Zone-B of the festival. Dr Iqbal Dhillon, director of the Youth Welfare Department on the campus, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune said all youth festivals would be completed by the second week of November. This would be followed by inter-zonal festival, the date for which was yet to be announced.

The university would try to finish the inter-zonal festival before the national-level youth festival organised by the Association of Indian Universities. A date was still to be announced by the AIU. The university has witnessed marginal participation in this event over the past several years because of delay in conclusion of the inter-zonal festival of the university. He said events would be organised in separate categories under heads of music, quiz, debate, poem recitation, fine arts and creative writing.

The first prize at the zonal youth festival is worth Rs 150 and the second prize is worth Rs 75. The winners at the inter-zonal festival gets Rs 300 each while those ranked second get Rs 150. The prize is given in kind in the form of books and other useful material. Position in the youth festivals is also added to the academic merit while seeking admission in a higher class.

Dr Dhillon said youth festivals were best platforms for original creativity. The events were not of borrowed or plainly imitated items like common musical shows. The festival was a major participative activity which was helpful in personality development in the long run.


Kids highlight ill effects of population explosion
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
The rich colour of Rajasthan dominated the venue at the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, where a folk dance competition for the schoolchildren was organised on the occasion of Population Education Week celebrations here today.

Kamaljeet Kaur, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, enthralled the audience with her beautiful facial expressions as she danced to the tune to “Uche paro ghagro”, a popular Rajasthani folk song.

Nutesha Marwaha with her energetic steps made the audience aware about the negative effects of population explosion in the country by picking up a Rajasthani folk number “Rako rako bharti abadi”, which was appropriate for this occasion. Neelam Bhardwaj from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, danced on the famous Bollywood hit song “Morni bagha ma bole”.

The vigour of Punjab came alive in Vibha Thakur’s bhangra item on “Tola ve tola.” Deepika Soni, a student of Sector 16 Model School entertained the audience with her dance item “Tuti bajo bandhni”. A total number of eight participants took part in the competition.

A panel of judges which included Mr. D R Verma, a retired college teacher, Ms Prem Punita , a classical dancer, and Ms Manpinder Kaur, lecturer at SD College, Sector 32, adjudged Kamaljeet to be the winner of the contest, Vibha and Nutesha second and Neelam won the third prize.

Exhibition on population education

Complementing this week-long celebrations, the institute in collaboration with the state AIDS Cell is also organising an exhibition on population education where experts will be imparting education on AIDS and family planning.

Meaningful massages based on the theme of population explosion and it’s adverse effects on the environment and diseases like AIDS were sent across through beautiful compositions rendered by the primary students on the third day of Population Education Week.

About 25 teams from various government schools from Chandigarh and its vicinity participated in the contest which is being organised to generate awareness about the ever-increasing population in the country, said Ms Jaswinder Kaur, a member of the organising committee.

The week that started with an on-the-spot drawing competition for the students has included activities for all. The second day was dedicated to the teaching community, where a number of teachers from the primary sections of various government schools participated in a slogan writing competition.


ITFT students advised to cultivate spirit of service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration, advised the students, who have successfully completed their airlines management programme, to cultivate the spirit of service and customer care, although sometimes they had to work for longer hours than the normal duty hours.

Speaking at an airlines programme organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT), Chandigarh, he said that the airline industry was one of the most dynamic sectors of India’s economy which was poised for rapid growth in future. He said that civil aviation provided a thrust for promoting domestic and international tourism.

Earlier, Dr Gulshan Sharma, Director, ITFT, said that similar programmes were being organised at Dharamsala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Bathinda.

In another programme on “The seeds of success”, organised by the ITFT, Mr Buhramann Singh and his wife, Marga, said that “to be successful in life, we should develop our creative thinking and professional skills. We are living in a world which is now turning into a global village and, therefore, it is important that we develop a broader perspective of our problems and environment and not remain confined to narrow grooves of our thinking and attitude”.

Mr Buhramann Singh and Ms Marga are from Germany, and the co-founder of the Buhramann Singh Creative Learning ( Asia Pacific) Pvt Ltd. They also run “the proud spirit of programme.”

They advised the participants to develop self-discipline and communication skills, besides cultivating a “ doer mentality”. Some other seeds of success were cultivating self-esteem, listening skills, self-confidence, active use of English, learning to learn and awareness for others.


Deliberations on schools today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
A galaxy of principals of CBSE affiliated schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, apart from some far-off places in Punjab and Haryana, would gather at the Sector 8 DAV Public School tomorrow to deliberate with Mr Ashok Ganguly, chairman of the CBSE on various issues concerning “schools of the millennium”.

During the meeting, presentations about innovation in education, technology-based classrooms and teacher development challenges of the millennium would be made.

A group of principals is keen to share with the chairman the changes required in the context of the school education in the new millennium and how could these be achieved effectively


National seminar on entrepreneurship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
A two-day national seminar on entrepreneurship in emerging areas concluded at the Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI), Sector 26, here today.

Speaking at the valedictory session, the chief guest, Dr N.P. Singh, Executive Director, Asian Society for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, said the present-day competitive world offered a large number of entrepreneurial opportunities.

He said the life cycle of the products was shrinking, thus adding to the requirements of the consumers and widening the scope for entrepreneurs. He spoke about the revolution in the fields of biotechnology, IT, energy and other knowledge-based industries. Dr Singh emphasised on the increasing importance of the services sector and allied areas as compared to the manufacturing sector. He said the entrepreneurs should identify the consumer needs and not consider entrepreneurship as merely a profit-making venture.

Around 45 papers on various themes were presented by experts from different fields during the seminar. Recommendations were framed and read out in the plenary session. These recommendations will be sent to the organisations concerned for implementation. 


Education board ‘ignoring HC order’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 11
The daily-waged employees of the Punjab School Education Board have alleged that the board authorities were not regularising their services in the light of an order of a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The employees said the Secretary to the Education Department had also written to the Secretary of the board to implement the orders.

They said that acting on a petition filed by Sunita Bhandari and others, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice R.S. Kathuria had directed the state of Punjab to consider the case of the petitioners in accordance with the policy of the government. The daily-waged employees said they were contemplating a petition under the Contempt of Court Act.

Earlier the board authorities had terminated the services of around 200 daily-waged and contractual employees. Later the termination notice was withdrawn in the wake of the stay on their termination by the High Court.


Punjab Chief Architect’s extension quashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Quashing the order passed by the state of Punjab permitting Chief Architect P.R. Luthara to continue in service after superannuation, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state to take steps in accordance with the law.

Ruling on a petition filed by Mr K.C. Nanchahal and another senior architect working with the state of Punjab, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, observed: “The impugned orders violate and offend the rules and instructions issued by the government dated February 17, 1967. The order suffers from the vice of arbitrariness and is opposed to the accepted canons of service jurisprudence, more particularly, in relation to the legitimate expectancy of a government employee in the matters relating to promotion to higher post in the existing hierarchy of the department”.

The Judges concluded: “We have no hesitation in quashing the impugned orders dated April 27 and June 29, which we do hereby quash and set aside. The state is directed to take appropriate steps forthwith in accordance with the law”.

Rathore’s plea dismissed

Finding no merit, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Haryana’s Director-General of Police S.P.S. Rathore seeking the supply of certain statements recorded under Section 161 of the Cr PC.

Mr Justice Jain observed: “The accused is seeking the supply of copies of the statements under Section 161 of the Cr PC in respect of witnesses whose names are not included in the list of witnesses and upon whom the prosecution is not placing any reliance and is not examining them as prosecution witnesses. In my opinion, no fault can be found in the orders of the Magistrate while refusing to direct the CBI to supply the copies of those statements... The magistrate had applied judicial discretion while rejecting the prayer of the petitioner in this regard”.

Order to conduct teacher’s interview

Reserving orders on a petition filed by a Panipat district resident challenging the rejection of her candidature for the post of social science mistress, a Division Bench directed the state of Haryana and another respondent to provisionally interview the petitioner today itself.

Issuing the directions on a petition filed by Ms Gaytri of Israna village, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice A.K. Goel, ruled that the order would be subject to the decision of the writ petition and the result of the interview should not be declared till further orders.

Notice on ‘granth’ printing

Mr Justice M.L. Singhal, on Thursday issued notice of motion to Punjab’s Advocate-General on a petition for the grant of anticipatory bail filed by the owner of a printing press accused of being connected with the publication of controversial Bhav Sagar Samundran Granth reportedly authored by Piara Singh.

Claiming to have been implicated in the case, petitioner Baljinder Singh asserted that the information regarding his being connected with the case was received by him through a local newspaper. Later the petitioner came to know that Bhav Sagar Samundran Granth allegedly contained verses stolen from Guru Granth Sahib and that an FIR under Sections 295-A and 411 IPC had also been registered, his counsel added.

Plea admitted

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice V.K. Bali and Mr Justice J.S. Khehar today admitted a writ petition filed by Sub Des Raj Kattna, challenging the proceedings of the Annual Regular Artillery Promotion Board, which resulted in his supersession to the rank of Subedar-Major by his junior.

The petitioner contended that he fulfilled all conditions of eligibility as stipulated by regulations and had secured 64 out of 72 points on the basis of his annual confidential report. Alleging that the departmental promotion committee failed to give him any points for his services in high altitude and field areas, he added that due to this arbitrary action he could not come on the merit list, which resulted in his supersession.

Notice on octroi

Legal Correspondent adds: The Punjab government’s decision to abolish octroi in the state was today challenged by an octroi contractor from Bathinda.

Taking up his petition, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the High Court issued notice to the state of Punjab for October 19. In his petition, the firm, Daljit Singh-Balbir Singh, had contended that they were awarded a contract for the collection of octroi at Bathinda for a period of one year starting from November 16, 2000.


Relevant theme, powerful portrayals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Truth has a thousand faces, each face bitter to the hilt. Truth is scuttled at every level and no one musters the courage to bare it. In this demolition of the basic structure of truth lies the nemesis.

This age-old theme was today presented in the most contemporary fashion by Prof Mohan Maharishi in his play titleds ‘Raja ki Rasoi’, which was staged for the first time in November 1999. The plot is familiar — the ruler of a nation feeds on the flesh and blood of his masses. He has become so used to feasting on humans that he is now forced to direct his cook to trail the path of blood. The cook is servile and has no mind of his own. He follows men and kills them one after the other — the first victim of king’s hunger being an unassuming traveller to the city, who is finally consumed by the flames in the king’s kitchen.

One day the butcher’s knife falls on the minister of the land. The traveller’s soul enters the body and unravels the deadly mystery. In the end the truth prevails and peace returns to the land, which had become a land of cannibals.

The director has powerfully captured a relevant theme and has presented it in the most comprehensible context. The play attempts to experiment with life beyond death, as the soul of the dead traveller becomes the narrator of the entire sequence. The physical graduates into the metaphysical to give a reflection to the deteriorating socio-political structure, where the ruler has become immune to humanism. This ruler is reflected in the king, who must feed on his masses. For if he does not, they may feed on him.

The play is mainly narrative. It also beautifully employs the basic postures of kathakali to add weight to the dramatic ambience. The portrayals are extremely powerful. Rajesh Sharma in the role of the cook and Naushad M in the role of the king bring home the historical theme successfully. While the cook, throughout the two-hour performance, is seen in the basic leg posture of kathakali, the king also enacts some light dance sequences. When he tastes human flesh for the first time, he dances with pleasure. Later he dances to convince the cook that to be inclined towards crime is natural.

Ajay Kumar in the role of the butcher is highly impressive, and so are the rest of the cast. The credits are: Sudhir Nema (traveller), Kavita Verma (widow) and Brijesh Sharma (minister). Other actors include Vandana Sharma, Nasreen, Kuldeep Sareen, Jagat Singh Rawat, Geeta, Seema, Raj Sharma, Vinita Tandon, Sona Mani and Baljinder Kaur.


Graceful fusion by enchantress
Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

Bharti Shivaji, a known mohiniattam dancer, performs on the occasion of the Jhankar series of classical music and dance at Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Bharti Shivaji, a known mohiniattam dancer, performs on the occasion of the Jhankar series of classical music and dance at Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. 
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

Chandigarh, October 11
With grace resting on her nimble feet, Bharati Shivaji acts as an enchantress. She delights, regales and finally fuses the eye, ear and mind of the viewer. As she witnesses this fusion happen, she smiles, for that is the real reward she earns as one of the greatest exponents of mohiniattam in the country. She merges with the dance form and it becomes difficult to separate one from the other. The two stand in a communion so divine and blessed that anyone watching it cannot help but be a part of the magical spell and live the dance form, which has originated in mediaeval Kerala.

Meeting Bharati Shivaji face to face is like feeling the sensuous dance form that mohiniattam is. The dance form rests on two basic elements, ‘abhinaya’ and ‘shingaara’. In the city to perform under the Jhankar series, Bharati explained the significance of ‘abhinaya’ in mohiniattam, which is now regaining popularity, thanks to Bharati and her research on the form. The ‘abhinaya’ aspect emerges from the fact that all dance traditions of Kerala are high on dramatic quality. Says the exponent, “be it kudiyattam, kathakali or mohiniattam, ‘abhinaya’ is elemental to Kerala tradition. Sway of the torso, swinging up and down and other soft and subtle movements are quintessential to the form and also particular to it.”

As the dancer sways, she reminds the viewer of the majestic landscape of Kerala, the gently moving coconut trees, the waves of the oceans and so on. As for Bharati, mohiniattam has been a passion since seeing a performance by Indrani Rehman in Delhi. “Prior to that I was more devoted towards bharatanatyam. After watching Indrani, who looked like a true enchantress on stage, I was smitten by the romance of mohiniattam. That was how the diversion happened”, she says.

Bharati has researched literary, sculptural and musical scores of the form. She has met many gurus and has tried to systemise the form.” Earlier the movements were ambiguous and repetitive. I tried to enrich the form, set a format and methodology for it and finally to create a rich repertory,” she says. Concerned that ‘nritta’ and ‘abhinaya’ are not codified in mohiniattam, Bharati has enriched the form and has experimented with themes other than those laid down. “For art form to be made relevant, it is important to keep lacing it with freshness of better techniques,” she says. Bharati has published a book titled ‘The Art of mohiniattam. Being a trained singer, she has also documented the unique musical tradition of Kerala called sopana. She is the first dancer to have incorporated the Geetgovinda ‘ashtapadis’ of the Sopana tradition into mohiniattam. She has also incorporated Rabindra sangeet in the form.

Now her role is that of a guru. As head of the Centre for Mohiniattam, she is passing on the rich legacy to her students. “I emphasise personal rapport with the student. She must feel free to communicate. I have just about 25 students, but each one of them is like a child to me,” she states.

Bharati was today accompanied by her daughter and disciple Vijaylakshmi, and three other disciples, Vani Bhalla, Sulini Nayyar and Aditi Banerjee. Her performance at Shantikunj under the UT Administration’s Jhankar series began with ‘Balaganpati’, a legend describing the birth of Ganesha. Shiva and Parvati assume elephant forms on stage, explaining the trunk of Ganapati. This was followed by an obeisance to Ma Saraswati. The second presentation of the evening was ‘Mukhachalam’, a pure dance item, reflecting the basic elements of mohiniattam. Indigenous ‘raagas’ and ‘taalas’ of Kerala’s sopana tradition could be seen in the sequence. This was presented by Sulini and Aditi.

Then came Bharati’s presentation of ‘Padam’, composed by Raja Swaditirunal, who had played a vital role in revitalising the form by patronising it at his palace. The sequence, composition of the ‘Khandita nayika’, has the beloved complaining to her lord, who turns up later than the scheduled time of meeting. The ‘Ashtapadi’, the third presentation, depicted the musical traditions of Kerala. An extract from the Geetgovinda, it is the enactment of the ‘raasleela’, showing a jealous Radha watching Krishna with ‘gopis’. This was presented by Vaani, Vijaylakshmi, Sulini and Aditi. The last presentation was the ‘Pandattam’, which depicts the philosophy of life. The guru and her shishyas joined in this choreography sequence, which featured a game of ball. 


Hypocrisy in society portrayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Small cheers and great welcome make a merry feast. Thanks to the organisers of Natya Parv-2001, the city attended yet another feast at Tagore Theatre today. This one was all about some serious stuff packaged in a hilarious fashion. A group of 20 children bubbled with energy, angst and fire on stage. In the end they literally glorified the script which noted playwright-director Balwant Thakur gave them under the title of ‘Aap hamare hain kaun’. No wonder, the play was being staged for the 54th time.

The play had the right recipe for success: sensitivity, honesty and drama. The elements of comedy blended superbly with subtle satire to pinch the social conscience at the most vulnerable spots. Powerful enactments of sequences by members of Natarang, Jammu, forced the social system to crumble many a times. And with every dialogue delivery, the pleasing facade of our social structure bore a fresh blot — a blot so strong that none from among the audience could dare wipe it off.

So each one of them laughed, not just over their helplessness, but also over that inertia which prevents them from admitting the bitter truths voiced by their children and devise means to suck that bitterness off that truth. The scenes were simple and could have been lifted from the life of any objective viewer.

The play took off with the little ones getting into the act of “forced thought”. They are struggling hard to evolve a script for some theatrical venture. The idea of the play is to create a base where the children can be the best, while at the same time securing the quintessential element of childhood — innocence. The young actors target every trend of the 21st century society — right from its inability to think and its dependence on the machine to its rising hypocrisy. There are scenes from a school, which has inexperienced recruits in the name of teachers; from homes where parents have anything but time for their children; from the room where the interview board members are busy rejecting aspirants for a job...and so on.

The appeal of dialogue was immense. Each line was smartly-framed and had a lot of spice resting on its surface. Naturally, when thrown to the house, the lines had the desired effect. This effect could be heard in the sounds of laughter which resonated throughout the one and a half hour long performance. The children beautifully portrayed their plight in society, which is all about a mad rat race for money and power.

Credits for the play were: Mohit Sharma, Aanchal Khajuria, Kabir Babu, Pranav Ganu, Gopal Singh, Pankaj Sharma, Vikrant Sharma, Sumit Sharma, Sunra Babu, Sanjiv Gupta, Hina Malhotra, Tanya Gupta, Sandhya Gupta, Sukriti Sharma, Nirajkant, Surinder Singh, Ranit Singh and Pancham Singh. Music was directed by Anil Tikoo and Sanjiv Gupta; Anil was also the assistant director for the production. Lights had been arranged by Nerajkant.


Babbu Mann enthrals audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
Dense synthetic smoke bellowing out of the impressive gadgets, meticulously placed at the sides of the impressive stage, changed hues under the colourful blinking lights as pop star Babbu Mann doled out the latest Punjabi numbers one after the other at the Chandigarh Club for a crowd of over 5,000 late in the evening today.

Heaven is a place on earth, it appeared, as youngsters swinging, descended upon the club to clap along with the rhythmic beats of the drums. Within minutes, the lush green lawns were transformed into an open air discotheque as they wildly swayed in front of the stage.

The excitement had started to build up at about 8 p.m. As the crowd waited for the star to arrive, a slight hum of his songs could be heard over the din created by the revellers. And at about 9 pm, when Babbu Mann finally arrived, tearing excitement broke loose among the crowd.

He started the show with a devotional song “Om Allah Satnam Vaheguru’’ and continued with his first successful number ‘Neendran nain aandiyaan’ and ‘Touch wood nazar naa laag jaaye’. It was, however, ‘Naach naach dharti hila de’ and ‘Saun di jhadi’ which made the crowd get out of their seats and rush towards the stage. The excitement continued as he crooned ‘Chad di chandni raat meharman tim timande taare.’

He also came out with his other famous numbers ‘Chak lao revolver rafflan’ and ‘Main kya chaad gayi oye sharate naal’.

The programme was organised by Canada 3000 Airlines on the launching of flights twice a week from Delhi to Toronto. The same airlines would be launching a flight from Mumbai to Toronto on November 4. The President, Canada Airlines 3000, Mr Augus J. Kinnear, was also present on the occasion.


Tiny steps into the realm of Patiala ‘gayaki’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
It was a presentation with difference. As the young students of Tender Hearts School in Sector 33 today sat to attend a concert, the sight was not a usual one. It featured maestros of the classical form of singing, Jawaad Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan, explaining the intricacies of the rise and fall of laya.

The occasion was another presentation in the line of SPIC MACAY’S Virasat series, which aims at allowing direct encounter between great exponents of classical music tradition and the youth of the country, so that the heritage does not go wasted. Sponsored by The Tribune, today’s presentation began with raag Gandhar. As the two brothers, who are the grandsons of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sahib, took over the stage, they succeeded in arresting attention of kids despite the seemingly-difficult rendering of the raga.

Through lecture demonstration, the two explained to the kids the minute details which have to be kept in mind to secure the sacred form of a particular raga. The first musical sequence was titled ‘Aanganva mein kalar padat daras bina...’ As the two began rendering the song, Jawaad sahib stopped in between to explain how the rendering of Dha is different in Jaunpuri and in Darbari ragas. “A slight difference in rendering this small note can change the structure of the raga. The masters also showed how a particular raga could be elaborated as per its capacity. He also explained the taans and uthaans of the antra.

Continuing in their inimitable styles, the two went on to present the tarana of Hazrat Amir Khusro. Exhibiting an amazing control over the laya, the two won great applause from children. Adding to the melody was the surmandal, which Jawaad sahib held in his hand. This instrument, devised by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sahib, has 32 strings.

The tarana gave way to the light classical form of music — the thumri, which is certainly a forte of the two brothers who are the proud representatives of the Kasur Patiala gharana. The thumri read ‘Papihara piya ki boli na bol’. During this presentation, the brothers stopped to tell the kids as to how various sections of the musical sequence could be differently rendered. Jawaad sahib said: “The beauty of the thumri is in the variation of presenting its parts, not in their repetition.”

In between the presentation, the children posed questions to the masters, who told them that anyone could pick up the classical form of singing. “Voice culture goes a long way in helping the singer. The guru makes the biggest difference, as always,” added Jawaad sahib.

Tomorrow, Wadali brothers will present Sufi gayaki at St Xavier’s, Sector 44, under the Virasat series.

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