Friday, October 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


From Colleges
Discussion on maintenance of eyesight held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A panel discussion on “Role of teachers in spreading awareness about maintenance of sight among students” to observe World Sight Day was organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

Prospective teachers and teacher educators participated in the discussion which began by a lecture on blindness and its causes. A senior lecturer at the college, Ms Dev Sarita Rani, said blindness could be due to lack of awareness, negligence regarding cleanliness and activities of young children which needed special preventive measures.

Prospective teachers said climatic conditions, eclipses, welding, use of cheap cosmetics, mishandling of crackers, excessive intake of junk food and malnutrition contribute to eye problems.

Ms Promil Sharma said yoga could improve eyesight. Good quality glasses should be used to protect eyes from harmful rays. Dust-free chalks should be used.

Dr Urmila Sharma suggested that computers should be used only with good quality anti-glare screens having radiation filter. Dr Anuradha Agnihotri said regular check-up of eyes should be arranged in the schools for students.

The Principal, Dr Satinder Dhillon, said teacher could play an important role in inculcating habits of taking care of eyes among children. There was also a need to make parents aware of the hazards of poor eyesight and eye problems.

Seminar organised

The Legal Awareness Society of GGDSD College, Sector 32, pledged to abide by traffic rules at a seminar organised on the college campus, here on Thursday.

The President of the Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Sarbjit Pandher, gave a call to fight corruption by coming forward to participate in healthy politics. The President of the Human Rights Organisation, Mr A.S. Chahal, added that legal cells should take the responsibility of spreading awareness among youngsters about the law of the land. The students actively participated in the seminar and did not hesitate in interacting with the speakers. The seminar concluded with a pledge and singing of National Anthem.


Computer course for ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A three-month computer course has been introduced by the Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, for ex-servicemen and their wards settled in and around Chandigarh.

According to the Director, Sainik Welfare, Brig J.S. Jaswal (Retd), ex-servicemen belonging to Punjab, who have not undergone the post-retirement rehabilitation course sponsored by the Central or the state government, are eligible to join the course.

A stipend of Rs 700 per month will be given to the participants. The course will begin at Chandigarh from October 28. Those interested can get themselves registered by October 17.


DPI’s directive to school heads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Director Public Instructions (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, here today directed heads of all government and private schools to sensitise students on the issue of pollution arising out of bursting of crackers in the morning assembly before Divali.

The heads of schools have been asked to tell students about the health hazards due to noise pollution and educate them about prevention of accidents while bursting crackers. The DPI has also directed them to hold at least one parent-teacher meeting before Divali to educate the parents as well.


Judicial remand for Tara Chand
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
The suspended Registrar (Additional) of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Tara Chand, was today remanded in judicial custody in a case registered against him for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of income. He was produced in the court of UT Judicial Magistrate, Ms Harpreet Kaur, who ordered his judicial custody for 14 days.

Witness deposes

The statement of witness Grish Joshi, owner of a hotel, was recorded in the Beant Singh assassination case in a special court room in Model Burail jail. 


Capturing emotions with camera
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
An element of surprise distinguishes the frames of Benu Sen from those of others. As you see his peculiarly imaginative works, which look less like pictures and more like painter’s dabblings, you know why he was adjudged the best Indian Pictorialist by the Camera World International, Australia, besides being honoured by the Harvard Senetic Museum, Harvard University, for his outstanding contribution to museum photography.

From a ground engineer to a celebrated photographer, Benu has come a long way to earn honours like the fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, Excellence of Photography Award from the International Federation of Photographic Art and Sciences, Belgium, Fellow of the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka, besides others.

Known for having revolutionised photography with his self-made camera, which he uses to imagine situations and translate them into pictures, Benu Sen prefers to be addressed as a creative photographer. On his visit to Chandigarh, where he has put up an exhibition under the aegis of the Friends of Photography to commemorate his 50 years as a photo artist, Benu Sen mentioned the cardinal principle of photographer’s success. “Never allow the camera to enslave you. It is crucial to rule the instrument and use it as a tool in the creative process. With my knowledge of science, I was familiar with the anatomy of motion and the mechanics of moments. So I began by inventing my camera, which plays with images and moments rather than just capturing them.”

Treating nature as a theme for an artist to play upon, Benu created moments through the camera. His images are all about nature, but are realistic glimpses of the same. Credited with having invented techniques for imaginative photographers, Benu defines himself as an artist whose work is no less creative than that of any painter. He uses the feminine form to utter perfection, painting emotions with his camera.

As you look at his picture, it converses with you like a work of art on canvas. Though it is actually a photograph of a realistic image, made abstract through self-invented technique. “It is called Tonorama and macro photography. It adds a new dimension to the art of photography,” he says.

Also the inventor of BS-4 formula — an extraordinary fine grain developing formula for a tropical country being used by photographers all over the world —Benu harbours another fascination — that for black and white. In 50 years as a photo artist, he has never captured colour. His colour frames are also adaptations of black and white. He explains, “Black and white is more creative. It allows you to use the earthiness of nature to make an artistic statement. It is also so original.”

Also the first man in India to introduce colour separation from black and white negatives, Benu Sen uses his pictures to send out social messages. His portrait of a mother caressing her son is regarded matchless for the purity of emotion it portrays. There is often also a strong element of sensuality in his works, which draw immensely from nude female forms. And though many viewers may simply denounce his collections as “scandalous and suggestive”, there are others who rate his handling and depiction of feminine elements as “divinely inspired.”

Benu Sen links woman to a higher power and uses her as an eternal point of reference in his works. 


New Releases
Shades of obsession

The contemporary filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has revealed a mastery over a variety of cinematic genres. A consummate craftsman, he has constantly varied his style of film making. After “Darna Mana Hai”. Ram Gopal Varma once again has come up with his latest movie ‘Mein Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon’ as a producer. The film opens today at KC, Chandigarh and KC, Panchkula.

Chandan Arora, one-time assistant and long time editor from Varma’s camp makes his debut as a director. The buzz is that Chandan has executed new ideas in this film which underlines the human power to make dreams come true. The heroine of the film wants to be Madhuri Dixit. The film has all shades from obsession to passion.

After noticeable performance in “Mast”, “Road” and “Company”, Antara Mali reportedly has come up powerful imaginary character in this film. Antara Mali’s co-star Rajpal Yadav also plays important character. Govind Namdeo, Sudhir Pande, Madhuri Sanjeev, Reeta Bhaduri, Nisha Lalwani and Raman Trikha supports the lead stars. Nitin Raikwar has penned the lyrics for music composer Amar Mohile. Film pundits predict it a good film with some experiments.

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iDream Production Private Limited’s ‘Samay — When Times Strikes’’ will also be released today at Jagat, Chandigarh. This Rs 2.5 crore budget film shot in just 40 days stars Sushmita Sen, Sushant Singh and Dinesh Lamba in daring and different roles. ‘‘Samay’’ is iDream Production’s eighth release after “Jajantaram Mamamtram”.

This one is directed by adman turned film director Robby Grewal. ‘Samay’ is touted as thriller and promises to be a different murder mystery with no songs. The film has background score by Sandeep Chowta. Rajesh Khera and Mohan Kapoor are in supporting roles. A good treat for lovers of thrillers. Sushmita Sen has a good chance to prove her acting skill. DPBack


Print-making at its aesthetic best
Our Correspondent

Nirmal who runs a full fledged print making studio in Sector 21 has another mission in his life — to help the struggling artists in print making.

Chandigarh, October 9
After holding a number of solo shows in print making all over the country, city-based artist Nirmal Prakash is gearing up to take part in the most prestigious event of his life — the Sixth International Biennial Print Art, 2004, which will be held in Bhopal in the coming year.

The artist, who has been teaching print making in Government College of Art, Sector 10, has chosen to work in print in wood cut medium. “I was asked by the jury to send three works and I have chosen ‘dialogue’ as the theme of my works,” says Nirmal Prakash. The abstracts of his wood cut print involves two human figures in the context of nature.

The aesthetic part of his work comes to a second best when compared to his technical expertise that include finery of lines, depth of etching and finally the composition. Nirmal is equally adept at working with different media of print making like etching, lithograph and silk screen.

In the recent years, popularity of print making art has exceeded even others streams of art like painting and sculpturing, says Nirmal, the reason being the students of this stream are sought after by advertising agencies and professions related to photography. There is also the option as freelancer which is fetching good number of assignments to the print makers in the city, he adds.

Nirmal who runs a full fledged print making studio in Sector 21 has another mission in his life — to help the struggling artists in print making. “The main problem the students faces in this field is lack of infrastructure to work with as none other then the Government College of Art has a full fledged studio in print making,” says Nirmal Prakash. To help the budding artist overcome this problem Nirmal Prakash has set up his own studio in Sector 21 in where he offers free services to all who are engaged in producing creative works in etching, serigraphy, wood cutting and lithography.

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