Saturday, April 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Chitrankan of life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
This is the world of their dreams — virgin, creative and vibrant. For the 15 students who have spilled colours all over the exhibition hall of the Government College of Art, Chitrankan is not just a formal platform which launches their talent every year. It is a fertile ground, where from ideas emerge afresh, grow better adapting and assimilating from existence and assume shapes that define society at large.

It is this concern for creativity which is writ large over the 251 works created by final year painting students of the college. There are paintings, prints, photographs, all juxtaposed sensitively to catch the pulse of nature. Interestingly, there are hardly any repetitions of thought and theme. The participating artists namely Aashima, Aditi, Amandeep, Amtoj, Cornellia, Gaganjit, Gaurvi, Kavita, Kapil, Kamal, Kriti, Manmohan, Priyanka, Shuchi and Supreet have managed to keep their voices distinct.

The techniques of presentation vary greatly. Where many students like Kavita have gone in for glass paintings to reflect the earthy village life, others like Amtoj have taken the help of audio-visual media for self expression. The works of Amtoj are strong and interesting. Shuchi brings alive the magic of lines and blocks in her works which depict growth. The monotony of geometrical forms is broken by the artist’s rich perception of life, which develops through the maze of simple and complex.

Aashima’s handling of the female form is laced with sensitivity. There is breath of freedom in her creations, which speak of the woman as the harbinger of dreams. Aditi captures the surroundings with her amazing forms, which grow on the viewers’ mind. Her prints serve to highlight her line of thought. Equally arresting are the works by Amandeep, Kamal, Kapil, Priyanka and Manmohan. Choosing their own set of colours, strokes and thoughts, they do justice to the process of creation through art. The works, which form a part of the annual project by the students, will be on the display till April 9. 


Clash in test schedules
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 5
Candidates appearing in the entrance test for Engineering, Pharmacy and Architecture, being organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 19, 2002, have lamented that the JET test being organised by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training was also scheduled for May 19.

In a representation to the departments concerned, the candidates have sought that the dates for the entrance test of the CBSE, JET and the AIEEE should be changed for their convenience.Back


Hitesh Dhiman tops DAV schools
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 5
Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7-B. School has given 100 per cent result in class VIII examinations. Hitesh Dhiman from the same school has topped all DAV schools in Chandigarh by securing 560 marks out of 600 marks.

He is followed by Smita and Shivani Gupta who shared the second position by securing 553 marks each. Ishan Mittal has bagged third position by securing 548 marks.

Thirty students of the school have got distinction by securing 80 per cent marks and above, including five students, who scored above 90 per cent marks. Thirty students scored between 71 to 80 percent marks.


Faridabad student tops quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Thirtytwo science students of Chandigarh and Haryana today completed a two-day science popularisation and leadership development programme of the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), a premier scientific facility of the country, here.

Rahul Balkrishnan of Faridabad and Naveen Khurana and Sonal Grover from Sirsa won the first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the science quiz organised during the programme.


Probe ordered into waterlogging scam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Taking up a petition filed by Mr Ajit Inder Singh Moffar, MLA and another petitioner seeking a probe by an independent agency into the multi-crore waterlogging scam involving Irrigation Department officials, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the investigation into the matter would be conducted by a senior officer of the Vigilance Department within six month’s of receiving the order.

The order was passed after Punjab’s Advocate General Harbhagwan Singh, stated that the investigation into the matter would be transferred to the Vigilance Department. In his petition against the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the state of Punjab and another minister, Mr Moffar had alleged that efforts were being made by the then CM to hush up the matter.

Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, his counsel had added that the Punjab Government, particularly the then Chief Minister, were doing their best to protect a minister purely for political reasons. He had further claimed that if an inquiry was conducted by an independent agency, “some political heavyweight may also be found to be involved in the scam”.

Notice in PGI Dean case

On an application seeking a stay on appointing the Dean of Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, a Division Bench of the High Court on Friday issued notices to the respondents for April 9.

In her petition, Dr Sudha Suri, Professor in the Department of Radiodiagnosis, had earlier stated that the appointment of Dr O.N. Nagi as Dean had been quashed and as such the competent authority was likely to consider the matter of appointment afresh. Since there was a dispute about the seniority of the petitioner and another respondent, the result of the selection should be in a sealed cover during the pendency of the writ petition.

Start course for dental students

A Division Bench of the High Court has directed that the fourth year students of Baba Mastnath Dental College in Haryana “shall proceed to start the course in the institute itself”.

In a ruling on Friday, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, also ruled that Principal of Rothak’s Dental College would provide supplementary teaching staff to the institute for the fourth year students if there was any shortage of teachers”.

Stay on naming of administrators

Legal Correspondent adds:
A Division Bench of the High Court today stayed the appointment of administrators by the Punjab Government for five gram panchayats in Mukerian tehsil of Hoshiarpur district on the alleged ground of their failure to deposit back with the government funds received by them under the ‘‘sangat darshan’’ programme during the rule of Parkash Singh Badal.

Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh adjourned the case to April 12, on the request of the counsel for the Punjab Government to enable him to file a detailed reply to the petition.

The petition was filed by Mr Kuldeep Singh, sarpanch of Chak-Alla-Baksh village, and four other sarpanches, who had challanged the validity of various circulars issued by the new government vide under which it had asked the DCs, BDPOs and sarpanches of all panchayats in the state to return sangat darshan funds, lying in various accounts, to the government.


A dangerous game

Going by the talent in the pipeline some new film makers are set to do something extraordinary for Bollywood in 2002 also. Before new-age film makers hit the road, it would be testing time for Sony TV's famous serial ''Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka'' fame Gujarati theatre director Vipul Amrutlal Shah to make his debut as director with Gaurang Doshi's ''Aankhen''. Based on his own famous Gujarati play ''Aandhalo Pato'', the thriller features Amitabh Bachchan in the role of an angry bank manager. The film also stars Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal, Sushmita Sen and Bipasha Basu.

Vinod Doshi's ''Aankhen'' will finally see a release today at Piccadily (Chandigarh), Suraj (Panchkula), Royal (Lalru). Another plus point of ''Aankhen'' is that it will also be premiered at International Indian Film awards in Malaysia on April 6.

''Aankhan'' has an interesting baseline and Amitabh Bachchan plays the dangerous game. The story revolves around a dismissed bank manager who requires three blinds to do a bank robbery in his bank.

Vipul Amrutlal Shah is being hailed as one of the most original directorial voices of this year.

Being produced by Gaurang Doshi for director Vipal Amrutlal Shah, the film has story by Aatish Kapadia, cinematography by Ashok Mehta, action by Abhas Ali Mughal, choreography by Ahmed Khan, Remo 'D' Souza, editing by Shirish Kunder, art direction by Jayant Deshmukh, lyrics by Nitin Raikwar, Praven Bhardawaj and Prasoon Joshi, music by Aadesh Shrivastava are the major credits of the film. D.P.

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