Saturday, October 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Dasehra celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 3
Students of Bal Niketan Senior Model School, Sector 37-A, today celebrated Dasehra with gaiety and religious fervour.

Scenes of the birth of Lord Rama, svayamvar, 14 years of exile, Sita haran and Ravan vadh were enacted. The students came dressed up as lord Rama, Lakshmana, Hanumana, Sita, Ravana and enacted scenes from the Ramayana.

Later, an effigy of Ravana was set on fire by the students. The students also witnessed the burning of effigies of Meghnath, Kumbhkarana and Ravana, made during their activity classes.

Scouts camp: Mr Kuldeep Singh, senior Deputy Mayor, was the chief guest on the third day of a petrol leaders training camp, being organised by the Hindustan Scouts and Guides at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, according to a press note issued here today.

“Wildlife” and “How to protect Wildlife” were the topics for competition in painting, debate, plays and essay writing.

Sanjivni school: Children from Sanjivni School, in collaboration with the Inner Wheel Club, celebrated Dasehra today. Children enacted scenes from the epic. Dr Indu Luthra, Principal of the school, delivered the inaugural address.


DAV Senior Public School: Dasehra was celebrated in the junior wing of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, today. A skit from the Ramayana was staged by tiny tots and the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath was also burnt.

Amravati Public School: Students of Amravati Public School celebrated Dasehra with religious fervour. The students of the pre-primary section dressed up as various characters from the Ramayana, adding to the festive mood. The celebrations ended with the burning of the effigy of Ravana.


Tiny tots of Spring Valley Public School, Phase VII, celebrated Dasehra with traditional gaiety. The children came dressed like different characters from the Ramayana. The Principal of the school, Ms Ravinder Kaur, enlightened the children about the significance of the festival. Teachers told them stories from the Ramayana and explained the importance of love, sincerity and obedience. Later the effigy of Ravana was burnt and sweets distributed among the children.


Students say no to crackers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
With a view to spread anti-cracker message among the masses, the National and Science Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, celebrated the anti-crackers day here today.

Students took out a rally after taking a pledge to protect the environment by not bursting crackers during the festival season.

The students carried banners and placards with innovative and thought provoking slogans. The rally passed through the residential area of Sector 46-D.


Literary events mark NSS camps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Literary events marked the ongoing NSS camps in different colleges of the city.

On the seventh day of a camp in the Government College of Education, Sector 20, a declamation contest was organised on the topic, “Environment degradation and protection”. Sarabjeet Kaur, Shekhar and Sabeena stood first, second and third, respectively in the contest, which was followed by a cleanliness drive and beautification of the campus.

In the afternoon session, Mr Jagtar Singh from the UT Fire Department addressed students on various aspects of firefighting and gave a live demonstration on the fire-extinguishing exercise. A session on “Food preservation and use of low cost recipes” was also held.

On the eighth day of the camp at MCM DAV College, volunteers were given an informative talk on AIDS by Dr M.M. Sharma, Project Director of the AIDS Control Society. Earlier, students were given training on first aid by Mr Nazeer from the UT Red Cross.

In the afternoon, the students visited Badheri village and spread awareness on different subjects, including hygiene, sanitation, adult education, environment education and vocational training.

On the seventh day of the camp at the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, volunteers visited water harvesting, green house and waste management projects in DAV Senior Secondary School. Mr Vikas Kohli, an environmentalist, made them aware about the working of different projects.


Talent search contest ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
A two-day talent search competition organised by students of the Chitkara College of Education for Women in Fatehpurgarhi, village, Patiala district, concluded today.

The function was presided over by Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, and Dr Ashok Chitkara, Chairman, Chitkara Educational Trust. The panel of judges for various competitions included Ms Sunil Bhutani, Mr N.S. Rathore and Ms Richa Sharma.

A large number of students participated in various competitions. On the first day, competitions like rangoli, salad making, still life and landscapes were organised. The second day was devoted to cultural items including play, poetry recitation, geet and ghazal, dance, folk song, fancy dress and giddha.

Dr Dhillon appreciated efforts of the students. She stressed the role of co - curricular activities in the overall development of the personality, and expressed faith in the team led by Ms Madhu Chitkara, Principal, of the college.


College lecturers seek quick disposal of cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The UT Chandigarh Government College Lecturers Welfare Forum in a press note here today has highlighted a list of problems that teachers face in local colleges. Despite repeated interaction with the education authorities in the city, there has been no change in the situation.

The charter of demands includes time-bound disposal of the cases of lecturers; final gradation list of UT cadre lecturers, maintenance of seniority in government colleges for UT cadre lecturers, grant of advance increments for lecturers holding PhD or M. Phil degrees but without NET qualification, implementation of the University Grants Commission guidelines with special reference to teacher-taught ratio, workload of teachers and provision of required infrastructure to teachers and a uniform transfer policy. Teachers have also sought the framing of a recruitment policy for principals as per UGC norms and enhancement in the age of retirement.


Dancers weave cross-cultural web
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Performing on the stage of Tagore Theatre for the second time today, members of Acrorap, an international dance company, used grace and rhythm to spread the message of harmony. Titled “Anokha”, the dance piece blended Western contemporary style with Indian classical dance traditions to communicate the theme of peace. Choreographed by Algerian dancer Kader Attou, this cross-cultural production was earlier staged at Tagore Theatre on November 4, 2000.

The freshness of styles — hip-hop, kathak and Bharatanatyam — was, however, still evident from perfect stylisations that hinged upon the Gandhian concept of non violence. Also deriving his theme from the Western hip-hop movement, which originated when Afro-Americans invested their negative energies in positive spheres, Kader Attou made powerful statements of hope and redemption from rancour which still envelopes the world.

As the gathering watched “The Dance of the Gods and the Humans” performed by five French and three Indian dancers, they were thrilled to see acrobatics mix well with Indian classical dance gestures. Kader successfully blended three distinct styles. Aptly titled “Anokha”, the show was all about portrayal of dance nuances through fine gestures and typical movements. News has it that during the French dance festival tour held some years ago, this show was staged four times on popular demand. This time, it is being staged in various cities of India. Funds from the show will go to the Blood Bank Society of Chandigarh.

The three Indian performers — Vaishali Trivedi and Prashant Shah (kathak) and Rukmini Chatterjee (bharatanatyam) — portrayed the elements of Indian classical arts on stage. The French artistes, with their vibrant formulations, contributed to the transcendental web woven by Indian dancers. Thrilled by the mix of acrobatics and street dance on the one hand and classical styles on the other, the audience lapped up the show. While the Indian part of the dance related with God’s history, the contemporary Western dance expressed man and his position in the world.

Interestingly, Kader founded Acrorap 20 years ago in France where he runs one of the most successful hip hop companies. Other dancers were Joze Santoz, a self-taught hip hop dancer from Switzerland, Habib Benzaine, also a self-taught dancer, Christelle Blanc, who dabbles in jazz, African style and Bresilien dance. Presented by the Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, the project was conceived to further cultural harmony between India and France. It has the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture.


Contributing to kids’ world her priority
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, October 3
Lushin Dubey believes in having a finger in every pie, but she does it with honesty and sincerity. As this renowned theatre personality-turned-TV actress make herself comfortable at her friend’s place in Sector 5 here, she shares another dream of hers — to get behind the camera.

“At present, I know nothing about movie-making business, but I want to study the medium so that I fulfil this dream of mine to make a film for children,” says Lushin.

However, this wish does not spring from her wish to make money, rather it is her desire to contribute something meaningful to the world of children.

“How many people are working for children and how many movies have been made for them in the recent past?” she asks.

It was the same sentiment which drove her to establish “Kids World” — a theatre group for children — way back in 1986.

After her long successful association with both children and adult theatre, Lushin is also ready to plunge into the world of television with all her energy.

“After tele-serial “Kashmir” with Farooq Seikh, I have been offered another serial which is in the process of being finalised,” she says, but without revealing the name of the new serial.

What about films? Her “Socha Na Tha” and “Perfect Husband” have already got her a lot of attention in the Bollywood circles. “I have been offered roles, but I do not want to jump into anything right now,” she adds.

Talking about her first love, stage acting, Lushin says she is into three more solo shows. After her first solo show, “Untitled”, which got rave reviews in Chandigarh, she is once again prepared to raise a few issues through theatre.

“The theme for my first production came through a participatory workshop and I am going to follow the same pattern for the next productions too. One thing is sure that the productions will be issue-based,” she says.

Admitting that sisterly resemblance with her famous sister, Lilette Dubey, does create confusion sometimes for her viewers, but she insists they both have their own identity when it comes to acting. “Coming from the same school of drama and the same family, we do share a common thread, but that’s where the resemblance ends,” says Lushin. “As an actress, I prefer to be just myself on the stage, pushing the role of performer to the background,” she says.

And how about getting into so many roles at the same time? “I am a list-oriented person in reality. The restless feeling of ‘now what?’ keeps me trying out new things and this is the reason I list my activities so that by the end of the day if I accomplish even 60 per cent of the total chores, I am a happy person,” she says. So do not get surprised if she tells you that other than acting on stage and for television and studying the film media, Lushin also dabbles in painting and sculpting.


Telefilm on AIDS

Chandigarh, October 3
The shooting of a telefilm on AIDS which began on the campus of the Chandigarh College of Architecture in Punjab Engineering College yesterday continued today also. Being produced by Kunal Kaushik Productions, the telefilm, “Jaagte Raho,” will include Sameep Kang, Rimpy Gill, Aarti Puri, Shivinder Mahal, Payal Choudhary, Sachin, Anita, G.P. Malik, Ramesh Bhardwaj and Vinod Sharma. Jaspal Bhatti will also make a special appearance in the film. TNS

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