Sunday, November 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Govt College to host youth fest
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 9
In an honour considered well deserved and much awaited, Government College, SAS Nagar here will be hosting the zonal youth festival, Punjabi University, Patiala, for the first time in 18 years of its existence.

The four day festival which starts on November 12 will be inaugurated by Mr Khushal Behl, Education Minister, Punjab, and will have a host of other dignitaries like Mr N.S. Rattan, Mr Bhagat Singh, Mrs Seema Jain, Mrs Nisha Sarad, Dr Indu Bali visit the college during different events.

More than 1200 students from 19 colleges in Ropar zone will participate in various events which include competitions fine arts, classical music, debate, poetry recitation, elocution, giddha, bhangra, classical dance etc.

A Quiz competition has been introduced for the first time in Punjabi University youth festival following the example of Punjab University youth festival which has been holding the event for many years now. According to the college Principal, a famous quiz master will be called to conduct the event.

The judges for various events will be listed by the university officials to reduce any potential contentions among the various teams. The college has also made arrangements for eatables for all those visiting the festival. Food stalls will be put up in the college premises and food sold at subsidised rates to the participants and visitors.

Meanwhile, the college students here are making extra efforts and practicing for various events they are to participate in. “The college teams will be participating in 90 per cent of the events,” informed the college principal.

There will also be many music related events both western and classical. The head of the Department of Panjab University’s Music Department will also be here for these events. The events in music category will include singing competitions in bhajans, ghazals, group songs, orchestra, folk singing and vaar singing. The concluding day will have the various drama and histrionics events. Mimicry, group mime, one-act plays, fancy dress competition will be some of these events. 


Factors controlling monsoon discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
Important geological factors that control the advent of monsoon were the centre of discussions during a seminar on ‘From mantle to monsoon and other climatic changes’ at Panjab University here today. The seminar was conducted as a part of the ongoing deliberations at the 68th annual meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

It was pointed out that the Indian monsoon system depends on several climatic variables as well as the height of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau that forces the south-west monsoon to unburden its moisture on the Indian plains. The symposium was convened by Prof Ashok Sahni, former Dean University Instructions at of Punjab University. Prof Vinod Gaur, a distinguished scientist from the Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore, introduced the main theme of the symposium.

Prof Peter Molnar from the University of Colorado drew attention to some crucial geological events that took place some eight million years ago: sudden uplift of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau with concomitant changes in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The monsoon system strengthened at this time in the Indian subcontinent but in doing so, it deprived large parts of China lying to the northeast of the Himalayas of moisture-laden winds which then started becoming arid waste lands. Using tree ring records, Dr R.R. Yadav from the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany, Lucknow, traced the climatic fluctuations for the last 400 years.

Prof S. Krishnaswami, from Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, and Prof. V. Rajamani from the School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, explained how the Himalayas were being eroded rapidly and how this process was influencing the dynamics of the Indo-Gangetic plains and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Earlier, during the day Prof P.K. Kaw gave a stimulating lecture on “Collective modes in a strongly coupled dusty plasma”. Prof Kaw is the Director of the Institute of Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar. He has made significant and original contributions in the fields of plasma physics, non-linear dynamics, quark-gluon plasma, theory of instabilities, specifically in ionosphere, tokamak (instrument that could become capable of controlled fusion reaction for unlimited energy supply) and laser interaction. Kaw also talked about some of his recent works. Theoretical work carried out by his group suggests presence of transverse mode in dusty plasma that is rather typical of the solids. Prof T.G.K. Murty of Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore, spoke on “Optical technologies for space imaging”. He explained that the imaging of the earth and exploration of atmosphere from space needs very sensitive optical systems as they need to satisfy the stringent quality and functional requirement with long-term stability in adverse space environment. Prof Murty said Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) has made very significant technological breakthrough in these areas and today enjoys the privilege of being one of the best in the world. He added that there was no phase lag in this field, rather ISRO was among the world leaders.

Prof Sunil Mukhi, an eminent particle physicist from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, presented another informative and important talk on “The physics of brains”. He told that the string theory was a framework in which conventional particle physics can be unified with the gravitational physics.

Prof K. Veluthambi, plant biologist from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai spoke on the “Fine tuning of agrobacterium ti plasmid system for efficient plant genetic engineering”.

Prof S.K. Satheesh of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, explained that the aerosols (particles suspended in the air) can effect the climate, solar radiation, health etc. The natural aerosols are the soil dust, sea salt, volcanic sulphate whereas the man made include the sulphate nitrate from industrial burnings etc. These can last for time between 10 to 23 days.


Delegates of the annual meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences received a cultural treat listening to the ‘science of music’ when Prof Mohan Maharishi, a former Director of the National School of Drama and a former Dean, University Instructions, Panjab University, delivered a talk on ‘Rasa siddhanta and its social significance’.

The talk was woven around Natya Shastra believed to be authored by sage Bharata about 2,000 years ago. The treatise on the art of ‘ natya’ (drama) is both an instruction manual for the artistes and a book of philosophy providing conceptual basis of the Indian art forms. Professor Maharishi said the art of drama was a reformed response to the social malaise. He drew attention to its instructive aspects.

The actor playing a character could arouse spiritual empathy in the audience and enable the cultivated spectator to have the ‘cosmic’ experience — a flight beyond the ego, a sense of commonness with the environment around. Professor Maharishi said “art was created for ‘atamanam sanskrute’ (to cultivate the self).”



Phoenix-2002 ends with exciting contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
The second day of Phoenix 2002, organised by the GGDSD College, Sector 32, was marked by dumb charades sharads, laughing bytes, skits and a quiz, here today. The fest concluded with a promise to bring more exciting ideas and thrilling programmes the next time.

Sumidh Arora and Manu Prabhakar of Punjab Engineering College stole hearts of the students with their acting while the Government College-46 got the second prize in dump charades. In laughing bytes, Shweta Mahajan and Simrat of Dev Samaj and SGGS-26, were first and second respectively. In the debate, PEC was awarded the first prize and Dev Samaj was second.

Depicting the use of IT for rural and agriculture sector of our economy, a skit by Gian Jyoti won them the first prize while students of SGGS college won the first and second prize in the Brainstorming online quiz.

A workshop on 3-D animation by Maya Entertainment along with Max studio was held for the students. Prof Ajay Sharma of the Department of Commerce conducted the workshop on “Impact of IT on Commerce”.

The Principal, GGDSD College, Dr AC Vaid, spoke of their ambitious plan of making their IT department the best in the region. He also spoke of the recently built IT block and the latest software packages purchased by college.

A number of stalls of corporate giants, including the IBM, SBI, Grey Matters, Hind Motors, were put up on the college premises. While the chief guest, Mr JC Bhutani, AGM, State Bank of India, declared the stall of IBM as the best, students opted for Hero Mind Mine for being the most entertaining and informative of all. The stall by Hind Motors, displaying the latest offerings of the Bajaj group, witnessed great rush.

Seminar on women empowerment

The craze for the male child in Indian society came up for a discussion at a seminar on women empowerment organised by Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here on Saturday, in collaboration with the Traders Union.

Inaugurating the seminar, Dr CL Narang Programme Coordinator, NSS, said that it was unfortunate that atrocities against women were on the rise and the increasing number of rapes, dowry death and violence were evidence of women’s deteriorating position in the society.

The speakers which included social workers, teachers, students and local residents, said that the sex ratio with regard to the girl child was on the decline in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The fact that there are 740 girls for every 1000 boys was proof of their plight.

The speakers alleged that some doctors were minting money out of sex determination test which was, in turn, leading to an imbalance in the population structure.

The Principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon, said that woman had proved her supremacy over man in almost every field despite which there was still disparity and sex determination.

She added that illiteracy was the main cause of the deplorable condition of women where their economic dependence on their husbands had made their plight miserable.

The president of Palsora Colony, Mr Raja Ram, said that women should understand that without their cooperation, no change was possible and that an attitudinal change was important for bringing about women empowerment.



1977 UBS batch revisits alma mater
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
Students of the 1977 batch of the Panjab University Business School retraced their steps back to their alma mater today.

The occasion was the silver jubilee reunion held in the department, organised by the UBS alumni.

The former students had come here from different parts of the country and abroad. A large number of them were with their families.

The morning session witnessed a seminar on “UBS-brand equity”. The panellists included Mr Arun Kaul (1977 batch), Mr Ranjit Singh ( 1974 batch) and Mr Jnaninder Singh (2001 batch).

The alumni gave suggestions and views about their experiences in the department and the professional arena. Suggestions were given to “restore the UBS’s old glory’. The speakers also underlined the need to distinguish ‘clearly and persuasively from the plethora of business schools that had mushroomed in the country and make it a research-driven management institution that groomed future generations of business leaders’.


Workshop for senior secondary schools
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 9
A two-day workshop and orientation programme was inaugurated for senior-secondary level in DAV Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 8, here.

The orientation programme is being conducted in English, Hindi, political science and history. All senior secondary schools of Ambala zone participated in it.

Mr B.N. Issar, Joint Director (retd), Higher Education, Haryana, along with Dr Virmani, head of the English Department (retired), DAV College, Chandigarh, and Mr Nirmal Dutt were the guest faculty for English. A special interactive session was conducted by the Principal, Ms Bhandari, where she answered queries of participating teachers.

For Hindi, Ms Basur was the guest faculty from C. L. DAV School, Sector 11. She stressed on the importance of Hindi as the national language. Discussions on method of evaluation and concept of new poetry were also held.

Teaching methodology and effective learning through flow charts were discussed in the history session. 


Undertrial’s fast enters 9th day
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 9
Fast by one of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case in protest against the alleged human rights violation in the Model Burail Jail entered into the ninth day today. The counsel for the accused said Hawara was in critical condition due to lack of proper medical facilities in the jail. He said another accused in the case, Paramjit Singh, had also sustained serious injury on his head.

The accused, Jagtar Singh Hawara, went on fast on November 1 in protest against the confinement of another undertrial in a small barrack. Later, on November 3, the jail authorities had reportedly seized a mobile-phone set, Rs 44,000 and some other articles from the accused’s barrack. Thereafter, the three, accused in the case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh were lodged in a small barrack by the jail authorities. The jail authorities had also withdrawn special facilities being given to them under category-B.

The counsel for the accused, Mr Amar Singh Chahal, said that the jail authorities had violated rules by lodging the accused in a small barrack and they had no powers to do that. He said if the accused were not provided the same facilities as they had been getting earlier, he would file a PIL in the High Court. The Superintendent of the jail, Mr D.S. Rana, said the raid was conducted after due permission from a senior official. He said the accused were lodged in a small barrack as they were guilty of misconduct. Their facilities had been withdrawn as per jail manual, he added. He said the accused were medically examined by two pharmacists.

Meanwhile, the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, has directed the jail authorities and the CBI counsel to file reply in the case. The accused have alleged that they were brutally beaten up by jail officials on November 3.


1,430 cases settled in special Lok Adalat
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 9
An amount of Rs 30 lakh was awarded as compensation to litigants and as many as 1,430 cases were disposed of in a special Lok Adalat organised in the Sector 17 District Courts complex. In spite of the fact that a call had been given by the Bar Council of India to boycott the Lok Adalat proceedings, a large number of advocates attended the court.

The UT Legal Service Authority has constituted 15 benches in the District Courts to observe Legal Services Day.

Mr Justice N.K Sodhi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the UT State Legal Services Authorities, Mr H.S Bhalla, UT District and Sessions Judge, and Mr Sant Parkash, UT Additional Sessions Judge-cum-member of the Permanent Lok Adalat, visited the court and discussed the aims and objects of holding lok adalats. They also participated in the proceeding being conducted by various benches.

Giving details, the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, said despite the boycott call by the Bar Council of India, the response was overwhelming and a large number of people participated in the Lok Adalat. Full cooperation was given by the Administration in making the adalat successful. He said all types of civil cases, including matrimonial disputes, bank disputes, service matters, landlord-tenants controversies, MACT cases and compoundable criminal cases, were settled in the adalat.

Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority, said four special hoarding were put up in Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Estate Office and the Lake Club to spread legal awareness among residents. These hoardings enumerated various benefits extended under the UT Legal Service Authorities Act.

The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary UT Legal Services Authority, Mr C.L. Mohal, said the Lok Adalat also realised Rs 60,000 as fine in summary cases, besides settling 20 labour court cases. Mr Mohal said 50 cases of cheque bounce were settled in the court of UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr Pushvinder Singh.

The adalats started functioning in the morning. For the convenience of litigants, two makeshift reception-cum-enquiry counters, with all the details of the cases fixed before various benches, were set up near the main gate of the District Courts complex. Literature about various legal services available was also distributed by the local State Legal Services Authority.


Lok Adalat, legal camp held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 9
On occasion of Legal Services Day, a legal literary camp was organised at Madhana village in Morni block under the supervision of Legal Aid Counsel.

The camp was attended by senior counsel and many other persons, including village Sarpanch, panches and other villagers.

People were imparted knowledge about availability of free legal services and other rights of citizens, including women, destitute, Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

Pamphlets containing information regarding free legal aid were also distributed among the villagers. The DDPO, Mr Rajesh Jogpal, was also present on the occasion.

Earlier a special Lok Adalat for summary and other cases was held in various courts at Panchkula, in which 233 cases were decided and a fine of Rs 39550 was realised.

A number of motor vehicle cases, accident cases, and matrimonial dispute cases were heard and decided upon. In addition, Legal Aid counsel also visited Central Jail, Ambala, for giving legal advice to the prisoners.

The District Bar Association, however, boycotted the Lok Adalat in wake of the strike call by Bar Council of India in protest against the amendment to Legal Services Authority Act.



A flood of soul-stirring verses
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
Tu agar darinda hai to yeh masaan tera hai...tu agar parinda hai to aasmaan tera hai...

Slipping away from the shadow of words is impossible, especially when they come from the depth of Dr Ashok Chakradhar’s heart. For years this man, who is more than just the Head of Hindi Department at Jamia Milia Islamia University in Delhi, has lived words like religion. Having borne the onslaught of times, both good and bad, and having trapped hard reality in saccharin sweet verses that bite more than they soothe, Dr Chakradhar is a better, more refined human being with every passing day.

And blessed as he is to be a poet, that too a humourist par excellence, he shared some of his life’s experiences today at Tagore Theatre where the hasya kavi sammelan organised by the Vir Deva and Darbari Lal Foundation progressed in pursuance of a noble cause — that of generating awareness about thalassaemia. Also present on the occasion was Bhai Alhad, whose very name is synonymous with hasya rasa. Surender Sukumar, Dr Madhumohini Upadhyay and Manjit Singh flanked Dr Chakradhar throughout the two-hour-long sammelan that bared life bit by bit...piece by piece.

From start till the end, poets armed humour with sting and presented it through the most effective channel, that of poetry. Connecting poetic sequences was Dr Chakradhar, whose very soul rests in poetry. Human emotions trickled from the sensitive verses of Manjit Singh, who sung praises of the national language, while decrying the social tendency of not acknowledging the supremacy of Hindi. After him, it was Sukumar’s turn to use words as tools of describing elations and depressions of life. Beautifully mixing satire with humour, Sukumar laid before the audience a tapestry of events, that highlighted the basic human emotion of love on the one hand and the glaring social evil of corruption on the other.

Bhai Alhad took the cycle of laughter further with his inimitable style. He rendered pure satires with admirable ease. The best narration came in the form of a qawwali that wove love in beautiful sequences of humour.

Dr Madhumohini Upadhyay’s celebrated love in poetry and also used her stingy verses to underline cultural degradation seeping into our homes through the channel of sky. She was heavily applauded for her beautiful poem dedicated to love, in which she said: Mera dil barba kehta hai tujhpar granth rach jaun...qalam kehti hai likho to dukhi sansaar par likhna...

The final word came from the master in Dr Chakradhar, whose poem on the declining social, political and moral fabric touched every heart. He read: Shabd dene lage shraap re...baap re baap re baap re; Saamne jal raha insaan re; taap re taap re taap re; Punya hi kar raha aajkal, paap re paap re paap re....Ab to kar mitra sadbhava ka jaap re jaap re jaap re....

Flowing with the wave of his own poetry, Dr Chakradhar, the celebrated poet, actor, dancer, sitarist, film maker, wound up this evening’s poetic symposium with a hard hitting satire on corruption.


Exponents bare nuances of Gwalior Gharana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
The second day the 25th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan bared the richness of Gwalior Gharana of Indian classical music. Holding the forte were Shashwati Mandal Paul and Ulhas Kashalkar, who delved upon the nuances of Gwalior Gharana and weaved a tapestry of notes, that delighted the gathering at the Tribune-sponsored show.

While Shashwati charmed the audience with her distinct style that draws greatly from classical musical forms like khayal, thumri and dadra, Ulhas Kashalkar proved his worthy lineage through his vocal recital. As one of the top ranking vocalists in lndia, Ulhas presented melodies that inspired the audience with peace and tranquility. Initiated to music by his music-loving lawyer father Ulhas has groomed under Pt Ram Marathe, though his real mentor was Pt Gajananbuwa Joshi. A supremely lucid exponent of the Gwalior Gharana, encapsulating all its salient features, Ulhas’s melodious voice and superb flexibility in developing ragas imaginatively and intelligently made him extremely dear to the audience.

As a widely recognised and extremely popular vocalist,. Ulhas exhibited supreme aesthetic sensibility, leaving his listeners craving for more. It may be mentioned here that he is trained in both the Gwalior and the Jaipur schools by his father, N.D. Kashalkar and Gajanan Rao Joshi. Ulhas Kashalkar has absorbed much from maestros like Kumar Gandharva, Mallikarjun Mansur and Bhimsen Joshi. Ulhas Kashalkar, one of the prime representatives of Gwalior and Jaipur Gharanas and has earned wide recognition in India and abroad.

He was initiated to music by his father, himself an able musicologist. As Ulhas pursued music like religion, he won a gold medal in his postgraduation. Later he trained under Pt Ram Marathe and Pt Gajananbua Joshi, stalwarts of Hindustani classical music. Reputed to have a great vision and imagination, Ulhas is known to never err in rendering of a raga.

Even today, he won over the gathering with his melodiously flexible voice and his music that appealed to every music lover. He is especially noted for pure traditional rendering marked with his distinct aesthetic interpretation. His voice easily engages in complex rhythmic patterns of khayal and thumri.

No wonder many renowned cassette companies, both at home and abroad, have brought out his albums cassettes and CDs. Currently Ulhas is associated with the Sangeet Research Academy of Kolkata as a guru. 


Haryanvi wit at Plaza carnival
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 9
One of the major aims of the Plaza carnival in Sector 17 is to present different cultures in a composite format to the masses. Living up to their this promise the Centre For Carnival Arts in association with Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana Government and The Tribune, today presented a Haryanvi cultural show providing the audience an opportunity to witness not only the rich cultural heritage of their neighbourhood state but also the humorous side of it.

The main attraction of today’s carnival was the folk dances and folk songs portraying every aspect of their lifestyle - from romance to religion and day-to-day life. While artistes representing Haryana Sanskritik Sangathan from Jind presented Bomb Lehari, a dance item based on Shiv Parvati’s married life plus some patriotic songs and romantic folk geets.

Others like Leela Sani and her dance group presented colourful folk dance numbers followed by Harbinder Rana’s folk songs and Jagbir Rathore’s comedy act. The programme was enliven by Daryaw Singh Mallik’s stage compering, who lived up to his image as the ace comedian of Haryanvi film industry.

Before the actual programme started individual dance items were presented by Gaurav Anand, Dinesh Bagga, Rakesh Mann, Narang Narayan, Sandhya Bhatt and Crazy Dance Group. The usual painting and tattoo corner put up by students of Government College of Art and larger than life cartoon characters added to the gaiety of the carnival.



Western film review
Old theme with startling twist
Rajiv Kaplish

CHANDIGARH: They should have called it “Crimes of Obsession” as Adrian Lyne’s latest offering, “Unfaithful” (Kiran), has obsession written all over it.

The married woman ( Diane Lane) has a fascination for a stranger (Olivier Martinez) which will turn into a fixation and make her commit adultery. The man (Richard Gere) is preoccupied with his gorgeous wife and would go to any extreme in a fit of passion.

If “Fatal Attraction” traced the infidel ways of a man which led to disastrous consequences, “Unfaithful” deals with the adulterous affair of a woman which has a gruesome ending.

With a theme as old as the hills, it’s not the kind of movie the audiences have been waiting for. Infidelity and adultery have become the staple of every second or third Hollywood movie.

But what distinguishes the film from others in that genre is the startling twist that the plot takes midway, catching the viewer unawares.

What follows may not lead to a climax of shocking discoveries, but is capable of holding audience interest. A surfeit of explicit scenes involving Lane and Martinez may be another attraction.



A welcome change in Punjabi films
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

CHANDIGARH: ‘Jee Aayan Nu’ (Jagat) is a refreshing presentation, particularly in the arena of Punjabi movies, where the heavy budget has lent an artistic grace to a decent story of families living in the split cultures of India and Canada.

Harbhajan Mann, of ‘Oye Hoye’ album fame, has been roped in by Super cassettes presentation. However, the singer in the role of an actor still has miles to go before he can rest. Gaping holes in his performance take much of the beauty away from an otherwise decent show.

It is the story of two families, one living in Canada and the other living in India. It is about problems faced by Indians settled abroad and their difficulties in adopting their own culture. A business tycoon (Kanwaljeet) is living in Canada with his family. He comes to India to attend a friend’s wedding along with his family.

Kanwaljeet’s daughter Priya Gill falls in love with Harbhajan Mann. They agree to get married. This is not possible till Mann agrees to go to Canada he is told. He is unwilling to leave India and the problem complicates.

Manmohan Singh, the very famous photographer of the Yash Chopra camp, has taken the director’s chair. The camera-work has been handled by Harmeet Singh which shows promising future for the man. However, the talent needs a little more sharpening.

The film also stars Kimi, Kanwaljeet, Navneet Nishan, Daljit Kaur, Deep Dhillon and Vivek Shauq. This is probably the first multicrore venture in the arena of the Punjabi film world.

The story has been penned by Baldev Gill; choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant and Surjit Gill; art by R. Verman and editing by Keshav naidu. Babu Singh Mann has written the lyrics for the music composed by Jai Dev Kumar.

The film is good news in terms of finances for Punjabi films. However, its future at the box-office will be anxiously looked forward to by other producers wishing to tread the line of Punjabi films.


Brilliant exposition of Jaipur kathak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
It was an evening of sparkling exposition of Jaipur kathak gharana by Nandita Puri and her disciples. As melodies filled the Shantikunj air, everything fell into place to add beauty to form.

As the last open-air performance under the UT Administration’s Jhankar series progressed from one piece of delightful dance to another, the technique of presentation took a backseat. With introduction to every presentation coming from the danseuse, who exalted the Jaipur kathak with her immense delicacy and grace, the gathering was treated to dance in its purest form.

Nandita brought home the hallmark of Jaipur kathak that has long been identified with energy and power. Almost everyone among the audience came to know how the basic movements follow a certain cycle of rhythm, growing and varying within a set pattern.

Along with beautiful exposition of ‘veer rasa’, typical to Jaipur kathak, Nandita also offered pure ‘abhinaya’ in plenty, exhibiting a thorough command over nuances of ‘abhinaya’ that requires finesse and depth that takes years of practice to achieve.

Adding further delicacy to the presentation was Pandit Kalinath Mishra, who matched the dancer in vigour. Providing vocal support was Nandita herself, along with her mother, Primila Puri, and sister, Chandrika Budhiraja. Ustad Anwar Hussain on sarangi, Ustad Nasir on harmonium and Shri Sharad on vocal supported the classical concert with their respective arts. In the line of disciples were Aditi Bhagwat and Tejashri Pachpute, who justified their guru’s instruction.

Nandita often surprised the gathering with her technical finesse. Her command over technical elements of Jaipur kathak like chakkars, jumps and general tatkar enthralled the audience time and again. Lyrical movements and animated expressions of the dancer who portrayed traditional themes through her recital also impressed every art lover.

Nandita’s imposing stage presence, her radiance and her never exhausting reserve of energy kept the spirits high from beginning till the end. Finally, the dancer elaborated her dance form in an easy, effortless manner and her disciples followed her closely in the affair of rhythm. The exponents bared the intricacies of Jaipur gharana, famous for its parans, chakkardar parans and Shiv Tandav.

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