Saturday, October 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Riot of colour mixed with innocence
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
It was a riot of colour mixed with the innocence of the children that took the audience down memory lane of their childhood during the cultural evening called “Kaleidoscope”, which marked the annual function of the DAV Public School in Sector 8 here today.

The programme started with the tiny tots of Kindergarten spreading the message of peace and harmony in a most spectacular way. About 100 students attired in saffron-coloured cloth and swaying to the soothing music of “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” stole the hearts of the audience.

The students of class I and class II, in a well-choreographed dance item based on the famous Phill Collins song “Another day in Paradise,” showed grace and agility. It was amazing to see about 150 students following steps in perfect order.

The programme also show-cased some budding talents in classical dance form which was rendered by classes V and VI. The fusion dance item presented by class VII and IX was another show stealer.

The Principal of the school, Ms Sarita Manuja, welcoming the chief guest for this occasion, Mr Ashok Ganguly, Chairman of CBSE, New Delhi, gave a detailed report on the ongoing activities of the school. The presentation of the annual report added a new dimension as students were invited on the podium to express their viewpoints about the school curriculum.

Presenting a school memento to the chief guest, the chairman of the school justice, Mr P.C. Pandit, initiated a scholarship on creative writing.

Encouraging the students to keep up with their good work, Mr Ganguly honoured the meritorious students of the school. Ketaki Garg, Ujala Jhamb, Sahiba Duggal and Diksha Sodhi, Raghav Chabra, Prashant Chaddah and Kirti Duggal received CBSE honours and Nadia Saini received the sports honour. Swayam Prabha House and Abhyas House received the best trophy for the years 1999- 2000 and 2000-2001, respectively.


8 city students for R-Day parade
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
Five college students and three school students from various schools of the city have been selected for participation in the pre-Republic Day parade camp being held in Jodhpur from October 15.

The students would leave for their destination under the guidance of Mr Amarjeet Singh, Programme Officer of NSS. The students who have been selected are — Vivek Kumar from GCM, Sector 10, Ankur from DAV College, Sector 10, Nidhi Passi from MCM College, Sector 36, Sweta from MCM College, Sector 36 and Upkar Singh from Government College in Sector 46.

The three school students include Mamta from Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Sector 18, Akash Bansal from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32 and Omkar Singh from Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 19. 


Warrants issued to SHO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Taking suo motu notice of a complaint alleging extraction and torture, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued bailable warrants to the then Station House Officer of Panipat City police station, Inspector Rajinder Singh Rathee, to show cause why a case should not be registered against him for falsely implicating the petitioners.

In a complaint addressed to the High Court Chief Justice, Mr Harbans Singh of Gurdaspur district had alleged that Rs 9.33 lakh was recovered from him and another friend, but the recovery was shown as Rs 4.15 lakh. Going into the background, the complainant had alleged that he, along with Mr Jasbir Singh, had gone to Panipat to purchase land for poultry farm, but he was kidnapped by the cops while he was returning to the city from his home with additional money.

Seeking the quashing of a first information report registered against him and the other accused under Sections 420 and 489, IPC, Mr Harbans Singh had claimed that initially Jasbir Singh was picked up by the police from a hotel room after Rathee was informed about it. The cops, he had added, had claimed that the currency in their possession was counterfeit, but RBI report had later proved that the currency was genuine.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Gupta directed: “Let notice be issued to the respondents for January 17, 2002. In the meantime, further proceedings before the trial court are stayed. Since there is a complaint also on the file, let notice be issued to Inspector Rajinder Singh Rathee, who was posted as SHO of Panipat police station on November 11, 1999, through bailable warrants to show cause why a case should not be registered against him....”

Teacher wins 7-year battle

A seven-year-long legal battle culminated today with Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court directing the Principal of Hindu College, Sonepat, to appoint to Dr Anita Phor of Rohtak to the post of lecturer from the date Maharishi Dayanand University Vice-Chancellor issued the appointment letter.

Allowing her writ petition, Mr Justice Gill also held that the petitioner was entitled to all consequential benefits. In his detailed order, Mr Justice Gill observed: “I do not see any reason why the petitioner was not issued an appointment letter... One post in the Chemistry Department is still lying vacant as per the orders issued by the court on April 4, 1994 at the time of the admission of the writ petition”.

In her petition, Dr Phor had claimed that in violation of the affiliation conditions, making the appointment of the inorganic chemistry lecturer mandatory, a lecturer in organic chemistry was proposed to be appointed. Taking up a representation, subsequently submitted by her, the university had directed the principal on December 22, 1993 to appoint the petitioner, but the college authorities allowed the other candidate to continue, her counsel had contended.

Order to PPSC on screening test

Taking up a petition filed by a Nakodar resident for quashing an order passed by Punjab Public Service Commission rejecting his candidature for the post of Headmaster, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar on Friday directed the state of Punjab and other respondents to provisionally allow the petitioner take the screening test scheduled to commence from October 13.

In his petition, Swarn Singh had claimed that he had applied for the post of Headmaster in the BC category but his candidature was cancelled on the ground that he was not having the requisite qualifications.


Commission reduces compensation amount
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Union Territory Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission here today upheld the findings handed down by the District Court Forum-II that Mr Purshotam Ohri, a resident of Sector 9, Panchkula, was rightly ordered the refund of the amount he had paid to Hind Motors for a Bajaj scooter he purchased from them on August 4, 1995.

Mr Justice K.K. Srivastava and Mrs Devinderjit Dhatt, president and member of the commission, respectively, however, reduced the amount of compensation assessed by the District Forum from Rs 6,000 to Rs 4,000.

The Bench held: “we uphold the findings of the District Forum-II that the appellants were deficient in rendering service and the complainant was entitled to refund of the amounts claimed by him and also compensation for the harassment, etc. However, we find that the District Forum was not justified in assessing the amount of compensation regarding the amount spent by the complainant for engaging alternative mode of conveyance during the period he was deprived of the use of scooter in question.”

The Bench further held: “the District Forum-II has not separately assessed the compensation regarding it and has granted a consolidated amount of Rs 6,000. We are of the considered view that this amount of Rs 6,000 deserves to be reduced by Rs 2,000.”


Exploring his versatility in kathak
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The innumerable curls of hair fall over his calm face as rhythmically as his feet fall on the performance space. His fingers move in harmony with the air, each gesture blending with the mood of nature to look verdant as the first petal on the flower. And just as the softness of guru Rajendra Gangani begins to take you over, his toes burst with kinetic energy, his eyes sparkle with divine streaks...

What follows is a reflection of the finest form of Jaipur kathak gharana, known for its mastery over complicated dance patterns and gradual progression from lasaya (the subtle, soothing part of the presentation) to taandava (the vigorous and explosive form of dance). To those who have watched the maestro in concert, addiction to kathak comes naturally. Another thing which comes naturally is seeking his company and sharing his thoughts about kathak and its changing structure, which no longer reflects the Hindu-Muslim texture, so basic to the original form.

“The distinction cannot be denied or even prevented. As kathak split into two gharanas, Jaipur and Lucknow, the influences also split. Jaipur concentrated on the spiritual aspects and technique like bandish, whereas Lucknow focused on kathak as a dance of the court. Wajid Ali Khan was instrumental in giving this form to Lucknow kathak, which had greater Persian influence than we had,” said the youngest kathak guru in the country, who inherited the art from father Kundan Lal Gangani.

Proud to be part of the Gangani family, which has secured basic elements of kathak while also experimenting with styles of both gharanas, Rajendra Gangani is surely rooted to idealism. He approves of fusion, subject only to the purpose it serves. No wonder his recent fusion of kathak with mohiniattam won great acclaim. Talking to The Tribune about the possibility of fusion, he said: “Every form of dance is sacred. Fusion is meaningful only if it brings dormant similarities to the surface without disturbing the basic structure of dance forms. If my form loses identity in another’s presence, I fail as a dancer.”

The guru is against the fusion of Indian classical dance traditions with the Western. “I have experimented only with the Spanish Flamenco style because it has kathak influences. We cannot fuse forms for the sake of novelty. This amounts to sacrilege. The Western and Indian traditions differ conceptually. Where kathak derives inspiration from the spiritual, Western tradition is inspired by entertainment ability.” Guru’s vehement tone reflected his dedication to the art. Recently, he choreographed a sequence titled Prakriti, voicing environmental concern. An accomplished tabla player and singer, he is also a guru, teaching at the National Institute of Dance, New Delhi.

Today he was accompanied by eight disciples, Monisha, Swati, Anshul, Anupma, Mondira, Riti, Aarti and Mahender. As the sun drowned, the guru began performing under the UT Administration’s Jhankar series. He first offered obeisance to Nataraja in an aaradhna, reflective of kathak’s softness. Then he dedicated a bhajan to guru Kundan Lal Gangani. ‘Guru bin aisa kaun kare...’ was laced with gratitude. Then came the exhibition of teyyari and layakari. Delight from the very outset, he stood out for amazing chakkardar parans, well-designed todas, and strikingly-impressive aamads.

His disciples later infused vigour into Srijan, the next presentation. The sequence glorified nature and the panchtatva (air, water, fire, sky and earth). Keeping up with the rhythmic footwork, danced under the weight of over 100 ankle bells, spectacular spins and dramatic representation of themes, were three accompanists: Kishore Gangani on the tabla, Vijay Parihar for vocal, and Vijay Sharma on the sitar. 

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