Sunday, October 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Third chance raises a row
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

The university committee’s decision to allow a third chance to candidates who are not able to clear their compartment examination in two chances has raised many an eyebrow, both in the faculty as well as among the students.

The committee has recommended that ‘deserving students’ should be granted a third chance if they do not clear the compartment examination in the two chances that are available to them. The most severely hit, in absence of this clause, are the students who clear the higher class but do not get their result, because they have not cleared the compartment examination of the lower class in two chances.

The committee feels that deserving students will lose two academic years if they are declared unfit after failing to qualify in two compartment chances.

The issue was first raised in the Senate and the House was divided on the issue. Some Fellows pointed out that the university should not allow more than two chances to maintain the quality of education.

Some senators took a completely different but interesting line. They pointed out that a candidate should be allowed unlimited chances to clear the compartment examination. However, he should be promoted to the higher class only when he clears his compartment. This will save embarrassment to the university as well to the candidate for seeking an additional chances because he has qualified for the higher class but is failing in the lower class.

A Fellow of the Senate said there were different voices on this issue, which would come up before the House before the proposal is given the final clearance.

In an interesting development, Principal A.C. Vaid, a member of the committee, said that he had received a call from ‘certain quarters claiming to be university officials’ that the meeting had been postponed. The meeting was, however, held as scheduled. He is known to have expressed a different opinion on the issue at the Senate meeting.

The committee has also proposed that this should be made part of the university regulation, which would make the third chance an accepted rule. The university has granted a third chance as a grace chance to ‘needy’ candidates as part of its Golden Jubilee celebrations.


PU youth festival begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Art dominated the first day of the four-day Panjab University Zone A Youth Festival which began on a colourful note at the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here today.

Contests in rangoli, clay modelling, collage-making, painting, creative writing and a preliminary round of the quiz were held. Terrorism and peace were the main themes for the day as students lighted lamps to decorate colourful rangolis and but pictures of Osama bin Laden to represent new face of terrorism.

While the contests concluded on a quiet note today, the three-day package, which begins on October 29, promises a lot more punch and entertainment with all main contests scheduled for those days.

The contests will begin with shabads, bhajans, classical vocal and orchestra, group songs, ghazals, folk and ‘vaar’ singing.

On October 30, the contests will turn to a literary side with debate, poetry recitation and quiz finals dominating the scene along with drama and histrionics. The fest will conclude with a dance bonanza. Classical and group dances will be performed on October 31.

On the last day, the final session will have a giddha performance along with a prize distribution function.

The results of today’s contests were as follows: Rangoli: Narinder Kaur-GCG_42 (1), Rohini Bansal-MCMDAV (2), Neeru Aggarwal-GCG-42 (3); Clay modelling: Rashmi-Government Home Science College (1), Suruchi-GCG-11 (2), Priyanka Aggarwal-GCG-11 (3); Collage making: Shweta-MCMDAV (1), Preeta-GCG-11 (2), Sapna-GCG-42 (3).

Still Life: Kamalinder Kaur-GCG-42 (10, Amrita-GCG-42 (2), Priyal Goyal-GCG-11 (3); Portrait: Geeta-GCG-11 (1), Nisha-GCG-11 (2), Marveen-Government Home Science College (3); Landscape: Aparna-MCMDAV (1), Simran-GCG-11 (2), Prabha Prashar-GCG-11 (3); Poster making: Aashima-GCG_11 (1), Nidhi-GCG-42 (2), Nutan-DSCW-45 (3).

Cartoos: Monica-MCMDAV (1), Nisha Sharma-GCG-42 (2), Jyotica-DSCW-45 (3); Poetry: Kirandeep-GCG-42 (1), Sunita-GCG-11 (2), Sukhdeep-DSCW-45 (3); Story writing: Taruna-GCG-11 (1), Komal Singh-MCMDAV (2), Sukhchainjit-GCG-42 (3); Essay writing: Gurneet-GCG-11 (1), Manju-GCG-42 (2), Shelly Narang-MCMDAV (3).

Teams which qualified for the finals of the quiz contests: GCG-11, MCMDAV, Government Home Science College and the Dev Samaj College for Women. 


Pal-Peugeot told to refund booking sum
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
The Consumer Court has directed the Pal-Peugeot sales department, Kalyan Shil Road, Maharashtra, and others to refund an amount deposited by a resident of Ropar with the company for booking a car.

The court has allowed the complaint with costs of Rs 2,200 and a direction has been issued to the company to refund an amount of Rs 25,000 to the complainant along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent compounded annually from the last date of booking till payment.

The complainant, Mr Karnail Singh Saini, had stated in a complaint that he had booked a Pal-Peugeot 309 car with the company by paying an amount of Rs 25,000 on October 11, 1995. He was allotted the priority number. He got the booking cancelled by sending a letter to the company. He alleged that he did not receive the amount despite repeated requests to the company.

The court observed that the complainant, being no longer interested in purchasing the car, sought the refund of the booking amount for Rs 25,000 along with the interest at the rate of 9 per cent. The court also imposed an amount of Rs 2,200 on the company.


The Consumer Court has directed Premier Automobile Limited and others to pay a compensation amount of Rs 21,000 and imposing costs of Rs 2200 to a resident of Haryana for harassment caused to him.

The complainant, Mr Krishan Kamar, of Jind district in Haryana had booked a Uno car by depositing sum of Rs 21,000 with the company on February 7, 1996. He was allotted a priority number. The complainant said that he got the booking cancelled by sending a letter to the company.

He alleged that he did not received the amount he had deposited with the company despite repeated requests. The complainant said that in response to the notice sent to the company, nobody appeared on behalf of the company. Hence it was proceeded against ex parte and the case was fixed for evidence of the complainant.

The court observed that there was deficiency in service and as per stipulation, the company is liable to pay interest as the rate of 12 per cent per annum.



Bar Council guideline
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
With a view to improving the functioning of the advocates, the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council has issued a guideline to them to keep the identity cards issued by the Bar along with them during practice in the court.

It is learnt that the Bar had received a number of complaints from litigants and advocates that a lot of persons were functioning in the courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh without any licence and cheating innocent people.


Judicial remand for two
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
Two persons arrested by the city police in a case of criminal intimidation and rioting, were sent on judicial remand today by a local court. It was alleged that the two — Surinder and Vinay — along with others were arrested by the police for threatening and assaulting a person in Mani Majra.

The complainant, Mr Raj Pal, had alleged that four persons assaulted him with a knife and as a result he had sustained injuries in his stomach. 


Towards divinity through music
Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Music must have been invented to prevent human loneliness. And once it was so invented, it opened all doors to the heaven. Perhaps that is why music is said to be the speech of angels. Music brings us near to the infinite.

The day was about one such journey towards spirituality, with guidance from a sitar maestro, who is the master keeper and creator of seven ragas like Bisweswari, Palas sarang, Anuranjani, Ashiqui Lalit, Kalyani Bilawal, Swanandeswari and Shivamanjari. Known for generating the purest possible tones with his sitar, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, sure is more than just a man of music. One realises this after sharing his feelings about the nuances of sitar and of the instrumental classical music at large.

With no lineage in the field, Pt Chaudhuri has proved that “you don’t have to come from a family of musicians to become one yourself.” Today, armed with 40 years of research in the field and a Padma Bhushan, he is guarding the pure elements of classical music. It is said that on a visit to a Japanese town some years ago he struck the melody of Malhar and the town had its first rainfall of the season. Trained in music by Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan of the Senia gharana (tracing lineage to Tansen), this feat was expected. Recalling the incident he told The Tribune in his humble style, “I had told them that they can congratulate me if it rains, but they should not blame me if it does not.”

He was in the city on an invitation from the Pracheen Kala Kendra authorities. When he played sitar for the gathering at Tagore Theatre, his strong musical bearing found a divine reflection. His alap exuded divinity. He said, “The alap is meant to invoke sacred elements and do away with all profanity. Sometimes, you reach a blissful moment while playing the alap. This helps you to continue your search for the spiritual. It never happens though. Because if it does, it would amount to the death of a musician.”

With great passion, he talked about how every recital was an attempt to discover God. “And since that does not happen, we return to nothingness from where we had begun. The day I find God, I will not need my music. When I am with my strings, I am simply meditating.”

His adorable style, combined with the accompaniment provided by Pandit Gobindo Chakravorty on tabla, created a divine aura. He represents the traditional Senia style in which a 17-fret sitar is played (normally there are 19 or 20 frets). He has just created a new raga in the memory of his late wife Manjushri. Called Prabhati Manjari, the eighth raga blends Ahir Bhairav and Bhairavi.

Pt Chaudhuri is proud to have not compromised on the spirit of classical music. “I will never use shringara rasa in Raag Darbari just because it becomes more entertaining after that. This raga is based on veer rasa. We cannot tamper with its structure and soul.”

He said every musical performance must traverse three stages — purification of performance space, stability of thought and rhythm and the final play of taal. “There can be no music if either of the three elements — swara, pad and laya — is missing,” he said. He had recently released a cassette titled ‘Only for you’, and is now writing an autobiography titled ‘Why me’. 


Dance contest organised in Bal Bhavan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
About 35 boys and girls of different age groups participated at a dance competition organised by Preeti Dance Academy at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, here yesterday.

Though the competition was open to all dance forms, ranging from bhangra, Punjabi pop to western, latest Punjabi pop numbers dominated the scene. Ten-year-old Rishav danced to the tune of “Chal ni Gobindiey,” while Ramneet Kaur entertained the audience with her “Chan Chandni” number.

The song “Khao Piyo Esh Karo” seemed to be a hot favourite, as many as contestants danced to it’s peppy tune. The competition was categorised into four categories, category one comprised contestants aged five years to 10 years, category B for participants aged 11 years to 15 years, category C for 16 to 20 years olds, while category D was reserved for group performances. The academy has been opened by Preeti Sachdeva, a former dance teacher at the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts.


Varied themes in novel medium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Spiritual seems to be the word for Nisha Sood and Gita Kumar, who have together brought alive a collection of over 100 works. The collection is about an entirely new medium. Cartouche (meaning expression) paintings, as they are called, seem to have been created with quite a passion.

The Delhi-based artists, who like to be called Kriti together, have experimented with texture in many works. So even in paintings with similar themes the texture stands out and enhances the quality of work.

The collection, on display at Mountview, has the image of almost every Indian deity from Ma Lakshmi to Ma Durga, in a modern perspective.

Then there are murals which add further mystery to the abstract themes. The artists have attempted to give a three-dimensional look to the works and have fairly succeeded.

The present exhibition is the third show by the two artists who like to work in harmony. They have no formal degrees in the field of art, but they do not consider this a disadvantage. As Nisha says, “It helps us to express freely without the restriction of technique and form.” The exhibition will be on tomorrow.


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