Monday, October 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Painting contest for kids with hearing disability
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
The Deaf Way, a voluntary agency working with the deaf community of India, in association with the Deaf Friendship Club, organised a painting competition at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. Children from schools for the impaired hearing in the city took part in the contest.

The following are the winners on merit: Mohan Kumar from Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb, Sonia Saini from Vatika School, Ashutosh Prasad from Vatika School, Akash from Vatika School, Vivek from Lion’s School and Shivani from Vatika School.

The Principal of St Stephen’s School, Mr Harold Carver, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Contest on disaster management: Pandit Mohan Lal S D Public School organised a painting competition on disaster management on the school premises in Sector 32 here today. The competition was organised on behalf of the Central Board of Secondary Education to create awareness on disaster preparedness.

Over 70 students from 37 schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula and surrounding areas took part in the contest. The competition was open only to students of class VIII from CBSE-affiliated schools.

Five best paintings will be sent to Delhi for a national-level competition where 12 best entries will be awarded with cash award of Rs 5000 and Rs 3000, respectively. The prizes for the national-level awardees will be distributed on October 29 at a function to be organised by the Central Government.



Old Students’ body elects office-bearers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 12
Struggling for a year to build momentum and involve more and more former students of Government College, Mohali, for the welfare and development of the college, a meeting the Old Students Association of the college was held here today.

Attended by over 30 students, the association’s constitution was adopted at the meeting and elections to the office-bearers held. Most of the college staff was present.

Manpreet Kaur was elected president of the association, Gurpreet Singh Niamian vice-president, H.P. Singh secretary, Shehnaz joint secretary and Kulwinder Singh treasurer. Vipin, Rajesh, Sukhmani Sidhu, Paramjit and Manpreet were chosen executive members.



Guiding youngsters to be innovative and creative
Parbina Rashid

Saurabh Bhanot, Class Il

Dimple, Class V

Sandeep, Class V

At Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, what attracts you in the first instance is its aura of friendly atmosphere. An imposing four-storeyed building with 45 rooms, having a capacity to accommodate about 1,500 students, the simple architecture, the surrounding greenery, colourful walls and inside decor are capable of striking the right chord with young minds.

However, the ambience is just one aspect that rouses one’s respect towards this institution. What started as a modest beginning in 1981, has now earned an enviable reputation of giving strong foundation to children, both in academics and co-curricular activities. The mission of the school is to help young minds grow in a harmonious environment ensuring their all-round development.

To achieve its mission, the school provides its students career counselling, follows a policy of continuous improvement, development of a culture that fosters new ideas and spirit of education and maintenance of a close relationship between teachers, students and parents. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, up to the senior secondary level. Students can opt for arts, commerce, non-medical or medical streams.

Spread over two acres of land, the school is equipped with the latest educational tools to provide a multi-sensory environment for the growth of cognitive skills of a child. The classrooms for senior students are fitted with CCTV and computers, while rooms for tiny tots of Pre-Nursery to Class III are decorated with vibrant colours and provide all comfort.

A well-stocked library containing selected books, volumes of encyclopaedia, newspapers and periodicals is a place of attraction for the students. The school has well-equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology students. It also has a kitchen garden which has been developed by kids. The idea is to create love for nature among students. The faculty of the school is its biggest asset.

The school gives importance to honing the latent talent of each child through various co-curricular activities. The school provides an excellent opportunity to budding sportspersons. Its football academy has been outshining other similar institutes by bagging numerous prizes at the state and national levels. The school also provides facilities for games like hockey, wrestling, cricket, handball and judo.

The school also has been diligently discharging its social responsibilities. To inculcate a sense of social service, the students are involved in activities such as community kitchen, dental check-up and blood donation camps and visits to orphanages, senior citizen homes and slum areas.



Teachers should realise pupils’ needs’

Mrs Urmila SethiMs Urmila Sethi, the Director-Principal of Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, has nourished the school with all her love and care ever since its inception in 1981. It was her love for spreading quality education that gave birth to this then tiny institute which has now gained the status of one of the prestigious schools in the city.

On student-teacher relationship: We believe in friendly atmosphere so that a student can walk up to a teacher and speak out his or her mind. Personal care and attention is only possible when there is a rapport between a teacher and a student. My advice teachers to mould themselves according to the needs of the students, but at the same time maintaining the dignity, which is the very essence of this profession.

On tuitions: With both parents working these days, tuition has become an important part of the education system. But it should be the moral duty of teachers involved in giving tuitions to do justice to every child, placed under their care and not just look at this profession from a commercial point of view.

On discipline: As I said before, our teachers believe in maintaining a certain degree of friendliness on the campus, the students are given enough freedom to be themselves, but a line of demarcation is drawn so that the child knows where his liberty ends. Our main focus is imbibing self- discipline.



Poems by students

Man on Mars

A big fat man on Mars

Has four pedal cars

Each of the things

Has a pair of big wings

He uses his cars

To travel to far away states

Natasha, Class V

Max pays tax

There was an old man named Max

Who owed Government tax

He had to admit

It was quite a bit

As he posted the money in sacks

Manik, Class VI

The Alsatian

Cops now have an Alsatian

Locked up secure in the station

If the dog got out

There was no doubt

He’d bite every kid in the nation

 Jasleen, Class V



An artist who prefers to be a teacher
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Even after 60 years of eminence as an artist, academician and head of projects like Delhi Shilpi Chakra and Art and Craft Centre, Government of Malta, Prof P.N. Mago does not arrogate to himself the attributes of a perfect artist. He would rather like to be addressed as a teacher, who still visits the Delhi College of Art to deliver special lectures to MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) students once a week.

It, however, goes to the credit of Professor Mago who has struck a beautiful balance between his roles as a teacher and an artist concerned with the subtleties of creation. His worth can be gauged by the celebrations which the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts recently hosted to celebrate his 80th birthday. In the city today on a personal visit, Professor Mago shared his experiences with The Tribune in an exclusive interview in which he came down heavily on the so-called revivalists, who claim to “bring tradition back to life.”

“As Director of the Design Development Centre, All-India Handicraft Board, I laid emphasis on the promotion of good handicraft design. I have often been asked how I justified my role as an artist in a craft centre, but I need to clarify that art finds place in all spheres of human existence, from the canvas to the craft. At the craft centre, I guided my workers to enrich tradition, not revive it.”

The author of “Contemporary Art in India — a Perspective”, he firmly believes that tradition is in the making all the time. Denouncing the practice of trying to revive traditions, he said, “You cannot revive old traditions. You can only enrich them. Tradition has relevance in its period of belonging. Like rivers which make room for fresh water, traditions are never replicable. It’s best to understand our lineage and move on to create new things that brim with life. That’s what is art.”

Professor Mago, who besides being on the faculty of Delhi College of Art and Mayo School of Art, has been an Adviser to the Government of Malta on its art and crafts centre, has been pursuing art as a “faith”. Having travelled widely in his official capacity as the Director of Design Development Centre in Delhi, he collected brilliant specimens of folk art and also documented traditional crafts like the “Kulu shawl” for the first time. He is now trying to record folk crafts for posterity.

Author of “Contemporary Art in India”, he has offered a detailed account of the contemporary Indian art. He explained, “Earlier books focus either on individual artists or groups of artists. I have spanned 150 years of contemporary Indian art in my book.”

He has won honours like the Ford Foundation Grant and the Emeritus Fellowship of the Human Resource Development Department. He also curated shows for Lalit Kala Akademi, British Council and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. His works adorn the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The artist’s faith, however, fails him on one account. “I cannot find memorable images anywhere. Our cities are spawning art galleries, but art is not finding way into them. Commerce is down playing creativity. My test for a good painting is simple. When I come out of the art gallery after having viewed the works, I reflect on them for a few seconds. If an image from the exhibition travels back with me, I know art has served its purpose. It’s another matter that I often return lonely from art galleries these days.”



Shinda joins pop brigade with ‘Gal Sun Ja’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
After making significant musical offerings in albums “Soorma”, “Chak de Boly” and “Has Bol Ve”, Punjabi musician Sukhshinder Shinda is back with his debut solo album, with a promise of greater quality. Titled “Gal Sun Ja”, this music album will present Shinda in his original mould of a music composer and will also bare his skills as a singer. Incidentally, Sukhshinder has long been associated with Jazzy B, who is scaling new heights by the day. Jazzy B’s debut album, “Soorma”, had music by Shinda.

Originally settled in Birmingham, Shinda believes he has risen by the dint of hard work. Long after he had made music for many top-ranking Punjabi singers in Birmingham, he thought of singing himself. And from his first album to the 200th which he is about to be released shortly, it has been a smooth ride for Shinda, who believes that knowledge of music is his greatest asset.

In demand for his peculiarly rich music, Shinda has managed to get lyrics of his new album penned by Satinder Kala, Amar Singh Musapuri and Pinda Dhaliwal. The album, which is Shinda’s first-ever solo album, blends Western rhythms with Eastern beats.

In a press conference organised this morning at Chandigarh Club (where Shinda performed this evening), the composer-turned-singer assured the gathering of good quality music, coupled with purposeful lyrics.

The album, waiting for a major launch, has eight pure Punjabi tracks, with music reminiscent of the folk tunes of Punjab as well as the dance beats of the West.

Talking about himself, Shinda said he had 200 albums to his credit, besides a musical career of over a decade. He said, “I have also worked with top singers, besides being instrumental in launching Jazzy B’s musical career, with outstandingly fresh music.” As this producer, composer, arranger and musician from Handsworth (UK) gets ready to turn into a singer, he does not fail to mention some of his celebrated projects like “Aish Karo” for A.S. Kang and “Oh Kehri for Jazzy B.

The composer also talked about his mentor K.S. Matharu who introduced him to the world of Punjabi music. “I picked up the nuances of music under the tutelage of dholi Laal S. Bhatti and Ustad Mathleshji,” he said.

Famous for his knack of mixing pure folk tunes with rhythmic beats, Sukhshinder Shinda is most famous for Punjabi chart busters like “Tera Roop”, “Naag Sam Le” and “Dil di gali”. The composer is insisting for a fresh hearing with his maiden album as a singer.

Later, during the day, Shinda wove a magical spell at Chandigarh Club, which became the focus of Punjabi melody this evening. One after the other, Shinda doled out hit numbers, which one normally finds in the music albums of Jazzy Bains.


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