|Sunday, February 10, 2002
Election-2002 is as
prestigious for the Akalis and the Congress as it is a litmus test for
the Punjab voters. If political stakes are high for the parties, the
ability of the Punjabis in choosing the right representatives is also on
trial. There is no discernible ‘wave’ in anybody’s favour and the
voters are weighing their options closely. What will the result be like,
wonders PPS Gill
and future came together at Auto Expo 2002
Expos come and go but leave a lasting impression. Auto Expo 2002, Wheels
of Change, as the C.I.I. referred to the event, was held at Pragati
Maidan in New Delhi from January 15 to January 22. A vintage and classic
car display was one of the highlights of the show. The cars brought back
memories of bygone days.
life into old paintings
since her marriage to a reputed industrialist in Kanpur, Sujata Goenka
was fascinated by an old, dark canvas of an Indian nautch girl,
mounted in her husband’s study. Nobody knew who had painted it. All
that her in-laws could say was that "the painting has been there
ever since the house was built".
emperors in the same mould
is a remarkable similarity in the lives of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
(1780-1839) and Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). They dominated the East
and the West in the later part of the eighteenth and the beginning of
the nineteenth century. Pitted, ironically, against the same arch rival,
the British, they maintained a heroic stand.
theatre for consciousness raising
MAN in a very passionate voice is speaking these dialogues with many
dead bodies lying around him. This is not a scene from a Hindi film or a
polished performance in a packed hall. There are no arch-lights,
costumes, makeup, and other techniques. Viewers, sitting on the ground
or standing in a circle, are engrossed in watching the show without
blinking their eyes.
Don’t Say A
Word is excellent
may have started showing up in cinema in a big way in Hitchcock’s Psycho.
But it continues to raise its complex head from time to time.
Recently The Cell dealt with a brain-mapping device aimed to
enter the macabre, mystifying recesses of the mind. Don’t Say A
Word also deals with a psychological disorder.
Pioneer of Punjabi pop
turns to devotional music
Wattal is comparable to a music machine that never stops. Composing
foot-tapping numbers for over a decade, he has given the Indipop scene
stars like Baba Sehgal, Daler Mehndi, Shankar Sawhney, Karran Jasbir,
Bhupi Chawla and Shweta Shetty. He has also reinvented singers like Usha
Uthup, Shubha Mudgal, Hans Raj Hans, Shujaat Khan, Ali Haider, Ila Arun,
Hema Sardesai and Poornima.