Monday, August 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘Modern schools looting students’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab Booksellers Association has alleged that modern schools are no more than a teaching industry and are looting students and parents in the name of sale of books.

Most of these schools, affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board and the CBSE, are generating income by sale of books and stationery, the biggest source of income.

The members of the association alleged that these schools were forcing students to buy expensive books published by private publishers who allow the school a commission of 40 to 50 per cent for introducing these in classes. Against these, the books published by the CBSE and the board, nationalised and cheap, are not recommended since these offer no commissions to the school.

Alleging that most of these books are not used during the entire session, the president, Mr J.N. Andlay, said the general practice of such schools was that they arranged to sell the entire set of books and stationery without consideration of whether it was used or not, putting a burden on parents. He added that it was a pity that neither the board nor the CBSE had raised any objections against this practice.

Urging the Chief Minister and the Punjab Education Minister to intervene, they demanded that the practice be stopped immediately. Also, they resolved that in case the Education Department thought it fit for modern schools to have a special range of books, a submission fee from private publishers should be charged as also approving prices of these books.


300 visit exhibition
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
An exhibition, covering science, maths, social sciences, computers, art and craft, was put up at Manav Mangal School here with the aim of developing the creative skills among children.

As many as 300 persons visited the exhibition and the exhibits were put up in 22 rooms. Tiny tots put up exhibits depicting colours, seasons, wild animals and the concept of small family and large family by linking examples from child’s own life.

The art and craft section, comprising mural work, glass painting, pot painting, posters, models and craft work, clearly displayed the wonderful creative skills, imagination and resourcefulness of children.


Exhibition on ‘Education in Australia’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
To enhance awareness of education in Australia for the benefit of Indian students, IDP Education, Australia, is organising an exhibition on “Education in Australia”.

Slated for August 26 and 27 at Hotel Mountview, the exhibition will see a participation of more than 40 institutions from Australia. After holding an exhibition in the city, it will move on to Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.


Familiarising Indians with Japanese art form
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, August 18
Sunaina Bhalla, a Tokyo-based artist, yesterday brought a slice of ancient Japan through her Sumi-e (Japanese ink paintings) collection to Art Folio, the art gallery in Sector 8. About 25 paintings done in Yamato-e style, which she had brought for her solo exhibition at the gallery, gave an interesting insight into the Japanese culture.

The busy sights of a rural ‘Edo’ village, all in bright colours in the golden backdrop, welcomed you as you entered the gallery, leading to a double-framed 12th century epic, “Tale of Gangi”, the longest romantic novel ever written in pictorial form. Sunaina’s love for the japanese culture and her way of seeing it from a foreigner’s point of view lend some freshness into her creations.

Though Japanese art had been traditionally defined by four seasons and hence bore more floral depiction, Sunaina had made it a mixed bag by incorporating figurative paintings like ‘Kanji’ in which she had captured the sounds and whispers of nature by drawing nature and harmonising it with Japanese alphabet that showed a tilt towards modern painting or the 17th century Condo — the tea master which symbolises power. To give a complete touch, Sunaina wrote a poem describing the power of sword.

Her pictorial depiction of seasons capturing each month of the year with a specific flower, or the Samurai enjoying the scenes of a war or a Kimono reflecting different moods of a Japanese woman were interesting to look at. But what made a lasting impression on one’s mind was the finesse and perfection of the end product. Beautifully framed in slightly rounded metallic frame, the silk boards and beige silk outlines gave a kind of subtle beauty and a feel of antiqueness to each piece of her work.

“The frame in itself is an integral part of this art form and also the material used like colour and texture, inset silk and gold inlays are carefully chosen and matched to the individual work in order to enhance visual appeal,” said Sunaina, while interacting with the mediapersons.

Sunaina got an opportunity to learn the ancient form in the Yamata style of Sumi-e when she accompanied her husband to Tokyo seven years ago. The Yamato-e type of painting dates back to the sixth century and employs traditional Japanese techniques using ink, pigment and animal glue as medium. The gold and silver leaf washes are predominant amongst the materials used.

Sunaina who had recently exhibited her work in Mumbai and Delhi had been working in this line for the past two years. “It took me a year to find a ‘sensei’ to teach me this art form,” said Sunaina. Ultimately when she found Suiko Ohta, one of the few remaining artists and teachers trained in yamato style of Sumi-e, life took a different course altogether.

“I was made to grind pieces of black ink for hours and paint bamboos and pine with an inch-long brush,” she said. “But this art form taught me patience and discipline which is necessary to attain success in any form of art,” she added. Her mission in life was to continue with Sumi-e and popularise the dying art form in other countries as well.

The exhibition is open for public viewing from tomorrow.


Ghazals that touched the heart
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 18
Haunting melody and soul-searching lyrics charged up the atmosphere at Swami Ram Tirtha Cultural Centre Auditorium in Sector 24 where about 12 amateur ghazal singers from Punjab and Haryana, competed for the title in “Muqabala”— a ghazal competition organised by Prixy Entertainment.

Starting the programme with a bhajan presented by Mickey, the evening went on to present non-filmi ghazals. Dilip Singh, the first contestant sang, “Humko kis ke gham ne mara...” followed by Sandeep Bhardwaj who presented a self-composed ghazal, “Dil mera tor ke kahte hai...”. Other contestants like Gurpreet Singh rendered a romantic, “Ab ki bichere hum to shayad khawabon mein mile...” while Satyajit Singh presented Jagjit Singh’s most popular number “Aap ko dekh kar, dekhta reh gaya...”, much to the audience’s delight.

The contestants were accompanied by Arif on the tabla and Yogesh Arora on the harmonium.

President of Ghoomer Academy R.D Garg was the chief guest on the occasion. The panel of judges comprised Sunita Nain, a singer of repute also from Ghoomer Academy, Sumesh, a noted singer and theatre artist and Harpreet Singh, a music lecturer from Government College, Sector 11. The show was anchored by Aftab Sandhu.

In another similar programme the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts presented a ghazal evening at Lake Club, Sector 6, that featured singer Happy Narang. The singer enthralled the audience with Nida Fazli, Bashim Bareilvi, Mushtaq Ahmed’s compositions.

A disciple of B S Narang, a classical vocalist of Patiala gharana and Shyam Churasi gharana, Happy is an approved ghazal singer of Jalandhar Doordarshan and All India Radio.


Another singer in the line
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
After working for seven years in a private firm in Germany, Vijay Kumar suddenly decided to release his audio cassette. After working towards the decision for a year or so, he is now out with an audio titled “Kar le tu pyar”, which has music by Raman Kant and lyrics by Guma Dumne Wala, Jali Jarnail and Baljinder Dumna.

As far as grooming in music is concerned, the singer has none, whatsoever. As he humbly admitted on the occasion of cassette release function on Friday, “I possess natural talent for singing. After working for some years in Germany I was able to save money which I have used to invest in my latest cassette.

If people like me, I will release another audio shortly.” Vijay Kumar claimed that money was all you needed to release an audio in today’s world. “Money is important but talent should also be there,” he added.

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