Sunday, June 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Aurbindo is best dancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Summer workshop organised by Sanjivni Summer School today concluded with a cultural presentation at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10. The function started with ‘saraswati vandana’, after which the children danced on different numbers. The younger lot danced on the latest number ‘Nikamma’ from the movie ‘Kya Dil Ne Kaha’. Older children danced on the famous ‘Dil Chahta Hain’ song: ‘Koi kahe kehta rahe’...

There was yet another presentation on ‘Har dil mein rab basda’, followed by children dancing on the foot-tapping Punjabi numbers. The next sequence was a play titled ‘’Kahani ek brahman ki’. The story had a strong message and suggested that cruelty towards animals should be avoided. It also underlined the basic need of harmony and unity. The production was prepared by Asha Saklani.

After theatre it was time for some magical moments on the casio. Rohin, Arpita and Harsimran enthralled the audience with great command over the keys. Apart from the performing arts, there was also a full-fledged display of talent in the field of art and craft. Under this section, children were guided by Amita and Taruna, both graduates from art college and postgraduates from Panjab University.

The best dancer award for the workshop went to Aurbindo Mukherjee of St John's, while Shrishti of Carmel Convent was declared the best artist. Sanjana Bhatia was adjudged the best dancer in the junior group. The performance of Jahanvi, Maanvi, Saikia, Palak, Bunny and Jasleen was appreciated by judges. On the occasion, principal Indu Luthra stressed upon the need to organise more such summer camps.

Students display talent

The month-long summer workshop organised by Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7, in collaboration with the Go Banana Club culminated on Saturday in a splendid show exhibiting the talents of students in different fields of performing arts.

The show started with a prayer song presented by students, followed by Punjabi, Haryanvi and Rajasthani folk dances. Another major attraction of the show was a play "Dekh Tamasha Paise Ka", a satire on the importance of money in the present day society.

Products made by students that included handpainted pots, tie and dye dupattas and other show pieces were also displayed on the final day.

Workshop concludes

In another concluding function of a summer workshop organised by Panchkula-based school, Dikshant International School, students danced to famous hit numbers like "Piya Piya”, "Kesaria" and other Punjabi folk numbers at Kala Gram this evening.

Starting the programme with a vandana "Satyam Shivam Sundaram", tiny tots presented a scintillating "Boogie Woogie" followed by a presentation of instrumental music by Nikhil Grover. The most interesting presentation was a fashion show by students.

Summer camp at Sector 49

A children’s summer camp organised for the first time by the Chandigarh Young Dwellers Cooperative House Building Society Ltd at the Community Centre of the Young Dwellers Complex, Sector 49-A, Chandigarh concluded on Saturday.

During the camp, classes were held for art and carft, music and dance and cooking. A picnic was organised to Chhatbir Zoo. On the concluding day, items made by children such as stuffed toys, dolls, paintings, pots and decoration pieces were exhibited.

The camp was sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala Workers Co-operative Thrift Credit Society and was free for the participating children.



PU extends last date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Panjab University has extended the last date for receipt of application forms till July 5, said an official press note here today.

Earlier the last date was July 28. The sports trial will now be held on July 8. However, for others courses — BE, B Pharma and B.Sc (honours school) — the date remains July 4.

The university has been forced to postpone the last date of submission of forms because of non-declaration of BA III results.



Confusing storyline
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

‘Kya Dil ne Kaha’ (Nirman and Suraj, Panchkula), a Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol starrer is a poor show, marred further with a confusing storyline rendering a lopsided presentation.

There is freshness about the music by Himesh Reshamiya and gorgeous scenic settings in New Zealand but the audience need a mouthful of performing art recipes to suit the taste buds of the heart and the head, as well, apart from the pleasure to ears and eyes. The characterisation of the two central characters — Tusshar and Esha — fail to leave any impression.

Elements of ‘forced laughter’ to incorporate elements of comedy are too shabby. “Silly anecdotes” do not garner any laughter, instead, leave the crowd wondering about the relevance of the scenes. The supporting cast including Ashok Saraf are a mere adage. Rajesh Khanna and Raj Babbar, in role of fathers of the two, surely have roles that do not suit their stature.

Esha Deol goes to New Zealand to pursue her education. There she comes across Tusshar. Tusshar has had a disturbed childhood because of unending tension between his father Rajesh Khanna and mother Maya Alagh. He loves Esha Deol but would not marry her because he is against the institution of marriage. “Name a family where the couple exists without tensions?”, he asks.

‘Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein’(Batra) is a remake of a Telugu super-hit ‘Kalisumdam Raa’ but the entertainment package is unlikely to cause any ripples this time. Dr D. Rama Naidu, a Guinness Book of World Record holder for maximum productions, is the producer.

‘Family emotions’ is the catch of the script which features Richa Pallod as a new discovery. She still has to learn more about tricks of the trade to make any impact. Fardeen Khan however is impressive.

Fardeen Khan lives in Mumbai with his sister and mother. He lands up at his grandfather Vijram Gokhale’s place to find him too rigid as comfortable company. The script meanders to bring peace all-around and the hero is surely a winner.

The film also features Sharad Kapoor, Farida Jalal, Nina Kulkarni, Govind Namdev and Ashok Saraf. Ravi Shankar of ‘Sindoor’ fame is the director. Ajayan Vincent is the photographer and Anu Malik has lent the music and lyrics are by Sameer.


Horror of a movie
Rajiv Kaplish

CHANDIGARH: It is an envelope of darkness with its folds laced with death and destruction. The more it is opened, the more there is danger and mayhem. Committing this mistake are a sister-brother duo, Nina (Rosalind Allen), and Danny (J.Underwood), who unwittingly become pawns into the hands of demonic forces fighting a bloody battle on the human turf. The two thus become victims of a carnage that will soon unfold itself and reveal its gruesome contours.

It is a war between a reformist vampire who is masquerading as a doctor in a hospital and a blood-thirsty modern-day Dracula. While the hirsute physician has tasted the elixir of love and wants an end to blood-letting, the jean-clad demon is bent upon continuing his blood-sucking spree.

The latest in the spooky Dracula series, “Son of Darkness” ( Kiran ), breaks new ground in horror which at best is tame and ludicrous at worst. Imagine a demon-turned doctor virtually running a blood bank in a hospital; or making love to the mother of one of his patients; or a jazzily-dressed vampire frequenting pubs as a seductress and going steady with an unsuspecting young man. Missing is the gripping storyline and the gut-wrenching portrayals in the earlier offerings which used to send shivers down the spine of the audiences. Inconsequential stars like Rosalind Allen, Steve Bond, Scott Jacoby and J Underwood have spared no effort to make the film as insignificant as possible.

After “Prince of Darkness” and “Son of Darkness, what would be next on the itinerary of superstitious Hollywood? “Father of Darkness”, may be!

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