Sunday, September 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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3 colleges close for day; stir continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
From colleges, which have been abuzz with activity since college students went on strike, the scene of the agitation shifted to Panjab University here today, with three colleges DAV-10, GC-11, and MCM DAV declaring a holiday.

Students of DAV College, Sector 10, marched to the Student Centre, Panjab University, along with a handful of boys from Government College, Sector 11, which was closed today after the authorities declared a holiday.

Meanwhile, students from SGGS-26, GCG-42, MCM DAV College and SD College also, marched to the university. On the road dividing Sectors 14 and 15, the students blocked traffic and organised a gate rally.

Raising slogans against the university authorities, the speakers highlighted that they would continue their strike till their demands were met and decided not to take the September examinations even if they were held. They said if 75 per cent attendance was made mandatory for students, teachers, too, would have to hold classes for 180 days. The students dispersed from the venue after the Secretary, ABVP, Saurabh Joshi, Vikas Kaushik and Neeraj Sharma were allowed to give a memorandum to the members of the Syndicate on behalf of all city colleges.

Though the matter was raised in the Syndicate, it did not come up for discussion. Sources said the matter would be decided at the Principals meet.


Annual day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
A cultural bonanza was held at Bhavan Vidyalaya on their annual day celebrations here today.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, was the chief guest. The function started with the lighting of lamp and invocation to the gods. Students from classes IX and XII participated in the show. Melodious Hindi and English group songs instilled a feeling of patriotism and peace in the audience.


Unusual story of music and love
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

SUR'(Neelam) is a gracious exhibition of the gentle emotions of a music genius whose passion for music over-rides his passion for life.

The pace of the story lags at places. However, the power of the music by M.M.Kareem overrides all handicaps and creates a presentation for the classes, if not the masses. Words penned by Nida Fazli enhance the 'lyrical' presentation.

The role of a powerful music 'guru' has been very aptly handled by Lucky Ali. It is Gauri Karnik in the role of his disciple who walks away with the cake in her delicate display of emotions of an innocent girl introduced to the world of music.

The script by director Tanuja Chandra is daring, away from the routine 'filmi' drama. Divya Dutta and Simone Singh have well-crafted roles. Bosco-Ceaser have done the choreography; Vibha Singh has worked on the dialogues; Hemant Sarkar has done the editing and the cinematography is by Nirmal Jani.

'Sur'is the creation of the Fish Eye Network for the Pritish Nandy Communications.

It is the story of Vikramaditya Singh (Lucky) who is a lone middle-aged musical genius and one of the country's sensational voices. He runs a music school which is a place for anyone with talent. At a little village in Goa, in a church by the sea, he stumbles across a young girl ' with voice of an angel'(Karnik).

Lucky Ali manages to take Karnik to his school. Her bubbly presence makes her a darling of classmates and teachers. However, her excellence in music makes Ali jealous of her. He even steals her tunes for a mega hit release.

A disillusioned Karnik walks away. Ali confesses his guil tand wants her back. She is, however, determined to leave music and join the church.

The underplay of roles by most of the characters lend a poetical grace to the presentation. However, a slow pace breaks the rhythm of the story. As a neat presentation, 'Sur' surely deserves a pat on its back.

'Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat'(Batra) offers nothing much for newcomers Krishna and Deeksha. The murder mystery plot fails to leave any powerful impact, making it just another one of the routine Bollywood releases. Dinkar Kapur has directed the movie for producer Ashok Kotwani.

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