Monday, November 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


PU youth festival concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 4
The PU Zonal Youth Festival (Ludhiana, Zone-C) concluded here today at Dhillon Open Air Theatre of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar.

The morning session was presided over by Mr A.R. Bhandari, Controller of Examination, Panjab University, Chandigarh. In his address, he said GHG Khalsa College had maintained a standard equal to a university. He said the Principal of the college, Mr Manjit Singh Khatira, had done a lot for the college.

The chief guest for evening session was Dr H.S. Gurm, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.


Drama: SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 1; GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2; Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Bet, 3; Individual prizes: Sukhwinder Singh Vicky, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 1; Rajbir Kaur, Government College, Karambar, 2; Kamaljit Kaur, SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 3.

Histrionics: Karamjit Kaur, KCW, Sidhwan Khurd, 1; Kulwinder Kaur, GGS Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, 2; Amritpal Kaur, Government College, Karamsar, 3.

Poem recitation: Amanpreet Kaur, Sidhwan Khurd, 1; Sukhwinder Kaur, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2; Sukhjit Singh, GTB National College, Dakha, 3.

Debate: Navneet Kaur, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 1; Harjinder Kaur, SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 2; Ganga Ram, Government College, Karamsar, 3.

Giddha: GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 1; Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 2; GTBN College, Dakha, 3. Individual prizes: Kiranjot Kaur, GTBN College, Dakha, 1; Parneet Kaur, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2.

Tabla: Rajinder Singh, GN College, Narangwal.

Sitar: Parwinder Kaur, Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 1; Neeru Bala, SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 2.

Algoza: Gursewak Singh, Government College, Karamsar, 1.

Geet: Harpreet Kaur, Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 1; Dhamwant Singh, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2; Arvinder Kaur, SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 3.

Ghazal: Gurpreet Kaur, SGGJ Girls College, Raikot, 1; Varinder Kaur, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, 2; Veerpal Kaur, Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 3.



‘Strict enforcement of ban on smoking needed’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 4
The Punjab Vikas Manch has appreciated the Supreme Court’s ruling that bans smoking of cigarette at all public places.

Mr Jaspinder Singh Nirula, president of the manch, in a press note issued here yesterday appealed to the Centre and the state governments to strictly enforce the ruling throughout the country. He said the latest directive by the court was the need of the hour.

The manch also urged the local administration to remove objectionable posters put up near educational institutions as they had adverse effect on young minds.



Hussain was her muse for murals
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 4
Ambar Talwar happened to be at the office of Bharat Petroleum in Delhi where she chanced upon a miniature mural executed by M.F. Hussain in the building which she found bewildering as Hussain’s murals are king size. She made a rough sketch of the mural and wrote down the colour scheme. Back in Ludhiana, she made the same mural on the entrance wall of her house. Ambar has had no formal lessons in art. She had won a prize in a painting competition at school and that was motivation enough for her to take up painting and do new experiments with paintings.

Ambar’s work has also been influenced by Madhubani paintings, which are a rural form of art in the eastern states of India. Usually the women used to decorate their mud houses with figures of Radha and Krishan and trees with vegetables dyes. Fortunately this art was discovered and brought to the cities. Ambar also fell in love with this art and has executed a nice Madhubani painting on another wall of her house which adds elegant to the entrances of her doors. She has used oil paints for they do not fade away as the vegetable dyes.

Before every Divali, she likes to paint new pictures for the house so as to give a new look for the festival. Not only she executes murals but paints canvases with ease. Ambar’s talent is not only confined to painting but she has contributed many articles to the newspapers and has cleared her UGC examinations and wants to be become a lecturer in near future.

She recently saw some poor children going to school with bags but minus shirts. She wants to start a school for such children soon with the help of some NGO or some organisation.



Creating South Indian ambience in North
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
A cultural college was organised as part of the of first South Indians’ state-level congregation, organised by the Sree Ayyappa Sewa Sangam, here yesterday. Giddha, bhangra, Kuchipudi and bharatnatyam were preformed. The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh, was the chief guest.

The performances of bharatnatyam and kuchipudi were impressive. The audience was generous in applause, with frequent cheers. The giddha and bhangra performances by the members of the South Indian community were Punjabi in presentation.

Leaders or members of political parties other than the Congress were conspicuous by their absence. One of the members of the community said that only the Congress had a presence in the South. He admitted that members of other parties should not have been ignored.



10-day exhibition by Lepakshi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 4
The Andhra Pradesh Development Corporation has put up a 10-day exhibition-cum-sale of silk sarees, dress material and handicraft items at Lakshmi Ladies Club here on the occasion of Karva Chauth.

Ms Geeta Verma, one of the organisers, says this is the first exhibition by Lepakshi in the city. “I am sure women here will appreciate the wide range of south silk. This kind of exhibition is to promote the rich heritage and culture of Andhra Pradesh. Handicraft items of Andhra Pradesh are also on display and people have liked these”, he adds.

Says Ms Indu Verma, one of the visitors, “Some of the varieties of sarees are new to us. We have never seen these. There is a wide range of silk sarees here”.

Besides, beautiful Ikkat work and Kalamkari bedsheets are also on display in the exhibition. It also includes dress material of Mangalgiri, Chirala and Tusser.

The handicraft items include wood carvings like mirrors, wall hangings, lamp shades and decorative items. Theme-based ‘Nirmal paintings’ are also on display. “These are washable paintings on wood. The painter portrays his ideas with ‘kalam’ on the wood and then give them a new life with colours”, says Ms Verma.

Banjara wall hangings are also attractive. These are made on pieces of cloth and fine embroidery and mirror work is done by artisans. Bidri work, brass, black metal, dokra castings, leather puppets, lamp shades, toys, white metal and soft stone figures are also available. Hyderabadi pearls are also on display.

The exhibition was formally inaugurated yesterday by Apinder Singh Grewal, Mayor, Municipal Corporation.

Meanwhile, another two-day exhibition of decorative items, candles, diyas, bed covers, suits, sarees, artificial jewellery and eatables has been put up at the club on the occasion of Karva Chauth. This exhibition has been organised by the club members and the guests of Lakshmi Ladies Club.

The members have also organised a special mehandi stall for women. The women in the best of their festive clothes were dressed in bright coloured traditional outfits to celebrate the occasion.



Singing contest organised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 4
A final singing competition for amateurs shortlisted from all over Punjab was held at Guru Nanak Bhavan, here last evening. Gilbey’s Green Label has launched its nationwide hunt for upcoming artistes by organising competitions at different places.

There were 12 participants from all over Punjab. The anchor of the programme was a famous television personality Raunki Ram. His razor-sharp wit and his anecdotes kept the audience in the splits. Gurpreet Guggi, another famous comedian, enthralled the audience with his jokes.


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