Friday, October 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Puppet show enthrals
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
Sudip Gupta’s innovative puppet show encompassing modern themes in poetic and colourful visual language depicts nature in the context of human civilisation. The slow is an eye-opener not just for its educative value but also for the aesthetic sense and well-controlled body language.

“Taming of the wild” was the opening show of the Chandigarh chapter of SPIC MACAY’s silver jubilee “Virasat 2002” at St John’s School in Sector 26 today. The hour-long show comprised four small stories “Floral Tribute”, “Movements in Wilderness”, “The World Within” and “Call of the Wild”, all aimed at generating awareness about the ecological imbalance that man has created.

“Puppetry in general means dramatisation of the contents by non-verbal means, by precise movement of the puppets and by playing with form colour and intensity of sound effects,” says Sudip Gupta, who along with eight co-puppeteers runs Dolls Theatre in Kolkata. “Bengal has a rich tradition of puppet theatre but I have improvised on the age-old techniques to suit the modern ways of thinking,” he added.

Sudip had started his career as a backstage artiste for theatre by designing sets and masks and other accessories for plays. However, it was the International Puppetry Festival in New Delhi in 1990, which saw a seed of interest in him to experiment with this particular art form. Prior to that Sudip had learnt the elementary of puppetry from Calcutta Puppet Theatre.

“There is no institute in India to teach puppetry as a performing art,” says Sudip. Though like Bengal, Rajasthan has a rich history in string puppet theatre and South India in shadow puppetry, the art has never been formalised. Sudip’s Dolls Theatre came into existence in 1990 by the endeavour of some young and energetic artistes from different art media. Besides performing in all four corners in the country, Dolls Theatre has performed twice in the International Puppet Festival held in different countries and also bagged the best production award in the eighth International Puppet Festival held in Tehran last year.



Grand finale to silver jubilee celebrations
Tribune News Service

St Anne’s Convent School would re-open on October 8 after the grand conclusion of the silver jubilee celebrations today evening. The information was given by the Principal, Sister Rose George.

Chandigarh, October 4
The third and final day of the silver jubilee celebrations of St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, started on a solemn note this evening.

Marking the “Thanksgiving ceremony” were a group of worshippers, drawn from all classes of the school, holding butter lamps in the hands to symbolise 25 glorious years of the school. The flame of the lamps was an embodiment of the school’s motto of “Let your light shine”.

Readings and prayers were done from the Holy Bible. All who had gathered for the Mass thanked God for his mercies and blessings. As the “offertory dance” started those in the procession placed theme offerings in the form of gifts.

A plant, symbolising the school that had grown into a strong tree, flowers personifying joy, fruit for hard labour behind the school’s success, lamp with the message to keep the light burning and bread and wine that Lord Jesus had for his last supper with his disciples, were placed at the altar. In addition, the St Anne’s choir rendered melodious hymns on the occasion.

Prayers were said for the pioneer Sisters, Sr Alberta, Sr Gonzaga and Sr Blandina. Also remembered was Bishop Rt. Rev Dr Gilbert D. Rego. Flowers, joss sticks and lamps were used for an “aarti ceremony”. Together, all prayed for those associated with the school. The programme concluded with the manager, Father stephen, thanking everyone.

Earlier, the chief guest, Mr RS Gujral, Home Secretary, released the school souvenir and requested the management to build an auditorium and upgrade the school to plus two level.

He gave Rs 5000 for a treat of chocolates for the participants. Bishop Gerald John Mathias was the Guest of Honour at the function.



Hearing on civil suit against CM adjourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
A civil suit filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, by the propaganda secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal Badal district Ropar, Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, was today adjourned till October 30 by the UT Judicial Magistrate(First Class), Mr S.S Bhardwaj.

Mr Matharu had filed a civil suit through his counsel, Mr N.S. Minhas, against the Chief Minister, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) through its President, Mr H.S Hanspal and Punjab Congress MLAs through CM, Punjab (defendants), for mandatory injunction directing the defendants to declare their assets.

The Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Punjab, today withdrew his power of attorney on behalf of the CM in the case as per the instructions of his senior official. Meanwhile, Mr H.S Awasthi, advocate, appeared on behalf Capt Amarinder Singh as well as for Mr H.S Hanspal, President, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC), in the case. Mr Awasthi has also filed an application before the magistrate for directing the plaintiff to produce the documents supporting their claim in the case. The plaintiff had stated in the suit that the PPCC had contested the Punjab Assembly election in the month of February, 2002 and inits election manifesto it had issued number of long advertisement and also made a promise to the general public through newspaper and electronic media that on being voted to power the CM, Punjab, and other minister as well as their MLAs would declare their assets on the day they took oath in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

According to the suit, earlier a legal notice had been issued to the defendants but no reply had been received. The plaintiff had pleaded in the suit that the defendants be directed to declare their and family members’ assets to the general public as well as to the plaintiff in the interest of justice.

Judicial custody

A proclaimed offender, Surinder Pal, who had been arrested by the UT police from Delhi, was today remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal. The accused had been declared PO in a case under the Arms Act registered against him.

As per the prosecution, Surinder Pal, had been arrested by the UT police under Sections 25, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act in 1993.

Bail granted

A suspect, Kaku, who had been arrested by the UT police in an attempt to murder case, was today granted bail by a local court. He was granted bail on furnishing a bail bond for Rs 20,000.



Hans, Sehgal add charm to book release function
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
The name of poet Dr Sardar Anjum is enough to draw a crowd but the nazms of his latest book “Haseem - e- naaz” were sung by Hans Raj Hans and Vinod Sehgal during the book release function, the deal could not get better than this for the Chandigarh art lovers who thronged Tagore Theatre to watch his 23rd publication as well as listen to the famous singers.

The book was released by Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala. Dr Anjum, a former chairman of the Punjab Arts Council and a former faculty member of Panjab University is famous for his rebellious streak that reflects in his poetry. His latest book is also an attack on politicisation of religion.

A recipient of Padma Shri award in 1991, Punjab Ratna award in 2001 and “International Peace Foundation award”, New York last year, Sardar Anjum is a known figure in the television circuit for his presentation on subjects like terrorism, AIDS.

Besides reciting nazms from his book, Hans Raj Hans entertained the audience with melodious songs including a hit number “Ishq judaiya barga”. Well known ghazal singer Vinod Sehgal also sang a few ghazals on the occasion.



Kishore Kumar contest on October 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Majlis Journalists’ and Artists’ Association will hold the VIII All-India Kishore Kumar Award Competition at Tagore Theatre here on October 13, to pay tributes to the legendary singer.

The competition will be held in three categories: Adult male singers; Children (both boys and girls) in the age group of 10 to 18 years; and Special female singers’ category. The shortlisting of singers will be done on October 12 at Tagore Theatre from 10 am. Singers will be required to sing only Kishore Kumar numbers.

Selected singers in all the three categories will complete for the prizes on October 13 at Tagore Theatre at 6 pm.

While there will be three prizes each for the adult male singers and children, there will be only one special prize for the female singer.

The prize money of the three categories will be as follows:

Category 1: First prize Rs 5,100, second Rs 2, 100, third Rs 1,100.

Category 2: First prize Rs 3,100, second Rs 1,100, third Rs 501.

Category 3: Special prize Rs 5,100.

More details can be had on telephone numbers 548777 and 548911.



On a musical journey with maestro
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
The evening belonged to the “Khalifa” of Delhi Gharana of Hindustani classical vocal music, Iqbal Ahmed Khan, who enthralled the audience at the auditorium of Evening Studies on Panjab University campus today. He lived upto the expectations not only as the able disciple of ‘Sangeet Martand’ Ustad Chand Khan but also as the head of one of the oldest gharanas of Indian classical music.

Ustad Iqbal Khan is in town as a resource person for the refresher course organised by the Department of Music in collaboration with the Academic Staff College of Panjab University. His talk during the course about less practiced raagas sprang life as he performed a combination of different raagas tonight.

Starting the recital with raaga Anandshree he moved on to raaga Puriya Dhanashree in ‘chotta khayal’, Ustad Khan showed his striking quality of voice and spontaneity, giving a rare flow to his music. He also performed thumri in Pelu raaga, another less practiced raaga these days. He rounded up the concert with a performance in Raaga Sohni, whose melody lingered even after the curtains went down.

Ustad Khan was Initiated into music by his maternal grandparent Ustad Chand Khan at the age of three, Ustad Khan was also privileged to hone his skill under the guidance of his uncles Ustad Hilal Ahmed Khan, Ustad Naseer Ahmed Khan, Ustad zafar Ahmed Khan and his father Ustad Zahoor Ahmed Khan.

“Genetic inheritance and environment for music had been in abundance in Ustad Khan’s life, but what makes him special is his passion to learn,” said Prof Krishna Bisht of the PU’s Department of Music who also shares the previlege of being the co-disciple of Ustad Khan when they learned music under Ustad Chand Khan.

Ustad Khan who has awarded by many prestigious awards like International Amir Khusro Award, Sangeet Ratan Award, Gyan Acharya award, Priyadarshini award, Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Samman- just to name a few. He is also equally famous in the electronic media. He has composed music for popular serials like Indra Sabha, “Chadar Ka Tukra”, “Basant Bahar”, “Police File Se” and so on. He was awarded with the Best Music Director award in 1988 for the music he composed for the documentary called “Qutab Minar and its Monuments and Sculptures.”



Gurdas Mann plays himself 

‘ZINDAGI Khoobsoorat Hai’ is the creation of Sain Productions, which had earlier given hit film ''Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Boota Singh''. ''Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai'' is produced by Manjeet Maan and directed by Manoj Punj. Actor-singer Gurdas maan and Tabu are in the lead roles. The film also stars Divya Dutta, Rajat Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi and Snehal Vilankar in key roles. The film opens tomorrow at Piccadily, Chandigarh.

The film is the remake of ''Life is Beautiful''. It deals with incomplete people who seek completeness in their lives. The film is a story of a singer-actor aspirant who is in love with a girl who comes from a different social strata. "This one is a fiction film which gives the message that if you find love you will feel as if you are in heaven even if you happen to live in a hut. But if you have only fame and wealth and no love then life can be hell," claims Manoj Punj.

Suraj Sanim has written the story of ''Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai''. The music is by Anand Raaj Anand. Hemant, a new music director, has come up with a catchy song, "Saamne jo bhi aata hai, uske jaisa lagta hai....". Cinematography is by Ravi Bhatt and action by Shyam Kaushal, choreography by Raju Khan, D. Shankar Vaibhavi Merchant, Pony, Ricky-James and lyrics by Nida Fazli. D.P.


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