Thursday, October 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Elections to school board staff union put off
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 15
Allegations and counter-allegations marked the triangular contest in the elections to the Punjab School Education Board Employees Union, the campaigning for which ended here today. The polling which was slated for tomorrow has been postponed for a day due to the announcement of state holiday in Punjab.

The three groups — Dhillon-Ranu, Billa-Brar and Kler-Dhaliwal — are making all efforts to win the elections. Each group has been harping on its achievements and running down the other group for failing to protect the interest of the employees.

The Dhillon-Ranu group has been in power for the past two years. Mr Gurdeep Singh Dhillon, who is contesting the elections to the post of the president, said if he won the elections he would demand that the office of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) be divided into zones. He said a part of the land of the PSEB office here was being given to the DPI office for constructing a building which was opposed by his group. Now a store building was being constructed there. He said the promotion quota for class IV employees had been filled and 10 per cent new posts for clerks was created during his tenure as president. A residential colony of the board had been developed and promotions were done according to seniority. He assured the employees of more benefits if he won the elections.

Mr Jarnail Singh Brar of the Billa-Brar group, who is contesting the elections for the post of general secretary, said the ad-hoc benefit which the employees had been enjoying for the past 12 years had been withdrawn. He said the services of 107 employees, who had worked for the board for about 10 years, were terminated and a typing test for employees who were promoted from Class IV had been introduced but the employees association did not raise its voice against such issues.

Mr Gurmail Singh Maujewal and Harbans Singh Dholewal of the Kler-Dhaliwal group, who are fighting the elections for the post of joint secretary and senior vice-president, respectively, criticised the previous association for getting the typing test introduced and not raising its voice when the ad-hoc benefit was withdrawn. They demanded one fee pattern for all affiliated schools. They would also get the dispensary made functional. Though two doctors had been deputed for the dispensary the provision for first-aid was not there. 


BBA-I, II, III supplementary exam results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Panjab University will declare results of supplementary examination of BBA I, II, and III on October 16, an official press note issued here today said. The examination was conducted in September/October this year. Inquiries can be made at the new enquiry counter on all working days.


Hearing in GCG teacher case on Nov 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Acting on a petition filed by a student of the Government College for Girls in Sector 11 seeking the initiation of criminal proceedings and departmental action against a former Head of the Music Department, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion. The case will now come up for further hearing on November 4.

In her petition filed in public interest against the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents, student Sudeshna Chatterji had earlier accused the former head of passing remarks and gestures having obscene overtones.

She had added that 18 students of the MA (second year), along with students of MA (first year) and BA (second year) had submitted complaints, but action was not taken. He was merely transferred.


Government persecuting teachers: AIFUCTO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) has demanded that pay of DPEs and librarians should be brought on a par with the teachers.

In a press note issued here today, Dr V.K. Tewari, national secretary of AIFUCTO, charged the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government with persecuting teachers due to internal differences in the ruling party.

Dr Tewari warned that the forthcoming AIFUCTO conference in Mumbai from October 20 would deliberate on launching an agitation in support of its demands which could affect work in more than 250 universities and more than 12,000 colleges.


District Courts
Ex-Jail Supdt’s statement recorded in Beant case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 15
The statement of a former Superintendent of Jammu Jail, Mr Chanchal Singh, was today recorded in the Beant Singh trial in the special court room in Model Burail Jail.

While deposing before the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, the witness, Mr Chanchal Singh, said as per the records mentioned in the jail register, Paramjit Singh, one of the accused in the case, carry the identification mark on his head.

Giving details he said the accused Paramjit Singh had been transferred from the Central Jail Amfala Chowk, Jammu, to Jandi Fort Jail Heera Nagar, Kathua district, Jammu.

He also informed that the Magistrate had issued order to conceal the identity of the accused Paramjit and keep him in “Baparda” before his test identification parade be conducted. The Magistrate had also directed that the accused Paramjit be not taken outside the jail premises before the identification parade.

He added that the Magistrate had directed him to arrange seven to 10 persons of having appearance similar to Paramjit Singh to take part in the test identification parade.

The witness added that it was also mentioned in the order that the accused was arrested under Sections 302, 307, 120-B and various sections of the Explosive Acts. He also informed that the identification parade of the accused was conducted on October 8, 1997.

Judicial custody: An accused, Biru arrested by the UT police in a Bapu Dham Colony murder case was remanded in judicial custody till October 29 by a local court. Biru had allegedly stabbed to death a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Somnath.

Avtar Singh case: A local court today started proclamation proceeding against a constable with Punjab Police, Simarjit Singh, co-accused in a murder case of a Ludhiana youth, Avtar Singh. The youth Avtar Singh was allegedly shot dead by Gurmeet Singh, alias Pinky (former CAT) along with other seven persons. The case was adjourned for October 22.



Hues of red, black are back with a bang

Blazing red — the colour of hot blood passion — is back with a bang on Divali, along with charming black. So folks if you still haven’t taken out the stuff you wish to wear on the big night, choose something in scarlet or ebony now. The alluring outfit is sure to send everyone’s pulse racing and heart thumping. You can be sure of it.

In case you are trying to guess the reason behind the “excess” of the hues, the reason is the simplicity and the slimming effect of the hues that make these a “hot favourite”. Red, along with black, is the “easiest” colour. You can pair it with anything, anytime.

But before you leave behind the cozy comfort of your dressing room make sure you do not do anything with your red dress that will make you redden. In other words, just ensure you do not look like a “fire engine” ready to rattle on the city roads and streets. Follow our simple head-to-toe tips and you will not go wrong, that’s a guarantee.

First of all, take care that the attire you have selected for the big occasion contains some interesting textures. You can always go in for lace paired with leather or satin paired with soft wool. The weather is changing so there is nothing for you to worry. Just make sure you are not too close to the fire. Also, do not forget to tie an attractive belt around your reed-thin waist for that “wow” effect.

Keep the apparel feminine. The clothes you wear should not be baggy, lest you look like a “big bag of red” rolling down the streets, unrestrained. Also wear nice, well-polished, dainty shoes along with the dress. Lastly, combine the shade with a vibrant, juicy lip hue for that hard-to-resist look.

Else, go in for pink. It is all-time favourite, besides being the official colour of affection and tenderness. You can always combine white and pink for that soft, yet stunning look that will make heads turn around in appreciation.

Purple is also a rage. But then the shades do not look “stunning” on everyone. You should have the “right complexion” for donning the colours. Anyway, have a nice time and stay away from fire.

Blend attire with right makeup

You have made up your mind to wear something in blazing red for Divali. Good. Now something about the “right” lipstick to go along with your attire. Go in for scarlet. The colour in “lippers” has finally made a comeback after remaining in the trash can of memory for years together.

Gone are the days when damsels used to ask just for metallic mauve, silver bells, iced coffee and copper crystal. “Today, the beauty scene is ablaze with gorgeous red colour,” says Jags of Image Makers. “That’s why so many cool dames all over the city are glistening up their lips with plush red tinge.”

If you still haven’t picked up the flaming shade of fervor, go to the shopping arcade, now. “You do not even have to carry a lot of money with you to bring home the ‘lipper’ of your choice,” asserts Jags. “Lipsticks and lip gloss aren’t very expensive. You can buy a good one by pulling out just over Rs 90 from the leather handbag swinging from around your delicate shoulders.”

But before you go out with fiery flame-red lipstick on Divali, take a few precautionary steps in front of your dressing table, essentially.

“Red is sensual,” insists makeup artist Tanya. “It can make you feel nothing less than a top-ramp model. There is no doubt about it. The colour can, unfortunately, also make you look ‘cheap’. If you do not wear it properly, that is. So, before you experiment with your looks, make sure the fragile colour is handled with utmost care.”

If you want to go in for deep red pucker, outline the lips with a brush dipped in the colour and fill it in. You can also dab extra lipstick in the centre of your lower lips, but always remember to tone down the intensity of the shade for that elegant look.

“Wear it carefully on your mouth,” suggests Tanya, reposing on a comfortable plastic chair in her parlour. “Wait for a few minutes to give the lipstick enough time to set in. Three to five minutes will do. Then carefully wipe off with a tissue, leaving just the absorbed colour and a subtle stain. Make sure you do not end up with lipstick smeared all over your comely cheeks”.

“If you want a more subtle shade, make it less glossy with a dusting of yellow-based translucent power,” Tanya asserts. “Make sure that your lips are well moisturised with a lip balm, as dry flakes on your mouth will show more when it’s shine-free.”

Another thing, if you are in a habit of pressure-applying the stick to your lips directly, leave it. “You not only end up with extra colour on your lips but also contribute in the process of breaking up the stick,” Tanya reveals. “You should preferably finger-apply the lip colour close to the opening of the lips to create a just-bitten effect.” So gals, happy colouring on Divali evening. TNS


Vibrant ensemble by four artists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The city is suddenly brimming with life. Every gallery worth a name is packed with creations from various artists, some from the city and some from Delhi. Leading the pack of exhibitors is the vibrant ensemble put up by four artists from Triveni Kala Sangam at Art Folio in Sector 9. Brought under the name of “Impressions”, this collection of sensitive and striking works by Sanjay Roy, Prabha Shah, F. Tarannum and Hemi Bawa, reaches across to the viewer at various levels.

Although Sanjay alone, out of the four exhibitors, was present in person to introduce the collection today, he made quite a point first with an informal introduction to his exhibited works and then by a formal slide show of his recent paintings.

The slide show was attended by final year students of the Government College of Art, Sector 10.

Highly individualistic in character, the works of Sanjay stem from routine human aspirations which seek realisation every now and then. Figurative and bold, the works are set in the backdrop of cosmopolitan culture which serves both as facilitator and deterrent, depending on the situation. The works are significantly titled, right from “Back to Earth” to “Reaching for stars”.

Explaining the works, Sanjay said, “My earliest memories are those of my parents, both theatre artistes. Stage recurs in my earlier works.

Also I believe that our entry and exit points are determined and that all human and animal forms appear in the world to discharge their respective functions. Cosmopolitan culture fascinates my imagination. I dabble a lot in economic, social, political and cultural elements that govern the pattern of urban life.”

Alongside Sanjay’s works, hang delightful creations by Prabha whose romance with green does not end in any canvas.

Images of dilapidated and sometime full of life buildings fill up her works, which stem from her past, reflecting images soaked in nostalgia. Obssesion with nature is evident in her works.

Tarannum specifies no lines when she paints. Absolutely undirected, her lines and circles and curves spell pure experimentation.

Her images float around, all over the canvas, striking a magical conversation with the power of their colour and romantic juxtaposition that follows no pattern. Closely following this scheme are Hemi’s works, which are hauntingly beautiful, with their grim shades and eerie silences. The show will go on till October 21.


Local theatre director wins accolades
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The genre of theatre, as practised in Chandigarh, is now being recognised at the national forum as well. A testament to this is the selection of local theatre director Sudesh Sharma for this year’s coveted Safdar Hashmi Award, which is conferred by the Uttar Pradesh Government’s Sangeet Natak Akademi.

This is for the first time that the prestigious award comprising Rs 10,001 and a citation is being conferred on someone from this region. However, Sudesh who is credited with having staged over 325 shows of the famous play, “Court Martial”, sounded composed after hearing the news. All he had to say was: “We plan to take the count of our presentations to 400. It is also important to mention here that our play was hugely appreciated during the National School of Drama festival organised at the NCZCC at Allahabad last year. The organisers were more than just convinced with the theatrical skills of Punjabis, who have otherwise not been able to hit the national scene. After Allahabad, our production has formed part of all famous national theatre festivals, including the multilingual festivals. We have also been invited to stage the play at a theatre festival scheduled to be held at Port Blair.”

A government servant by profession, Sudesh has been involved in theatre for well over 27 years. So far he has staged over 50 plays with more than 2,000 shows in India and abroad. The founder of Theatre for Theatre, Sudesh also shares the credit of energising Chandigarh’s theatre scene by initially staging “Court Martial” on a daily basis.

The hallmark of Sudesh is his versatility. He is not only a director but also an actor, with his repertoire including Greek, traditional, experimental and dramatic acts. Some among his major productions are “Bharat Durdasha”, “Tota Bola”, “Baldey Tibbe”, “Gadhe ki Baraat”, and “Dulha Bhatti”.

Even as of today, Sudesh is busy with his creative journey. His new project is “Sidhiyaan”, written by D.P. Sinha. Sudesh says: “It is a very challenging play, as it deals with all shades of human life, from deception to love. We are working at the production.”


Victorian era comes alive
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 15
It was a scene out of a Victorian era film. Final year students of the Northern India Institute of fashion technology (NIIFT), here, showcased results of their design and wear module, “Elizabeth’s wedding”, here today.

Flowing elaborate gowns with crafted flounces, fitted to perfection, were presented. Designed and modelled by students themselves, they used some refreshing and creative designs on the fabric to give it a new age look.

“The most important thing about these gowns is that they have been made without inside cages, which are generally used to give a larger span.

Here the material is chosen with care and the outcome is a set of wearable dresses, instead of the ones made during the Victorian era which in today’s context are not practical,” said Ms Navneet, a faculty member.

The students, tutored by Ms Navneet, presented different styles of gowns.

While some of them had chosen traditional colours and fabrics, others were more imaginative and experimental.

Staring from silk lace and net to leather, some of these gowns were full circular, and some half circular, along with matching corsets having different styles. Scooped, halter, off-shouldered, bold and strappy designs were also presented.

Among those who showcased their work included Pushpanjali, Jyoti, Manpreet, Puneet, Rishita, Aditi, Guncha, Radhika, Ashish, Dimple, Rashmi, Shivam, Manpreet, Manreet, Amit, Jaswinder, Sukanya, Simran, Anureet, Anuradha, Prashant, Jasmine, Divya, Neha, Joshi, Jasveer, Navneet, Lokesh, Chiranjeet, Saurabh, Sohail, Jigmat, Satadu and Sushma.

“The students had been given just seven days to prepare on the theme. And they have put in the best effort to come up with some remarkable designs,” said Ms Navneet.


Hindi poems book released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
An anthology of Hindi poems titled “Mushkil Waqt Mein” written by noted Hindi writer Prem Vij was released by Mr B.I.S. Chahal, Adviser to the Chief Minister of Punjab here today at a simple but impressive function.

This is the seventh book to Vij’s credit. Earlier he had published ‘‘Bhid Ka Bhoogal’’ (humour and satire book), ‘‘Samaya Gawah Hai’’ (short stories book), ‘‘Dhara Ki Virodh’’ (short stories book), ‘‘Tange Huye Prashna’’ (short stories book), ‘‘Nihathi Ladai Ladte Hue’’ (poetry book) and ‘‘Khulte Paridresh’’ (short stories). Many of his poems and stories have been included in the textbooks of universities and education boards.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chahal said Vij’s poetry highlighted the agonies and struggles of the common man. The poems were thought-provoking and emotional. As the title of the book suggested, it encouraged people not to bow before the adverse circumstances, but to face it bravely.

Among those who attended the function were Mr D.S. Jaspal, Principal Secretary, Information and Public Relations, Mr Karam Singh, Director, and officers of the department.


He shunned family fortune for art 
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
In these times when commercial elements get the better of art, it is difficult to think of artists given to preservation of dying forms. Still more difficult is to believe that an artist, in pursuit of his chosen mission, can shun family fortune in favour of a humble abode in a forlorn Himachal village offering a perfect ambience for artistic growth.

He left home with Rs 5 in his pocket which he spent on buying a pair of scissors.

Ustad Prabal Pramanik, the best living practitioner of the master art of paper cutting (devsthana kala) in the country, has managed to overlook profit for the sake of art. Settled in Bhamlada village near Dalhousie, he remains busy cutting perfect paper images from rich themes of the Mahabharata, the Geeta Govinda, the Last Supper and the life of Buddha.

Known for his vast repertoire of compositions out of glazed or normal paper, Ustad Pramanik is not bound by the medium of paper cutting. He is at equal ease with water colours, pen and ink, although “devsthana kala” remains the prime area of his indulgence, simply because it is most challenging.

Informed the Ustad, who is displaying his compositions at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, after three years: “This art form requires the confidence to cut out complete compositions from paper without drawing or copying. It dates back to hundreds of years and requires absolute precision and patience. I always had a knack of cutting images out of paper. It took me years to reach the stage where I can create compositions to narrate complete stories from the Mahabharata, the life of Lord Buddha and so on.”

Not only has Ustad Pramanik brought paper cutting art back to life practising it over the past over 20 years, he has also worked through various means to incorporate this traditional art in the sphere of modern technology. He has made compete sets such as “The life of Buddha”, “The Geeta Govinda” and The History of Art.

He has depicted natural scenes through the medium of paper cutting, besides executing entire murals. Various animation films have been made with paper cutting work by him.

For his part, Ustad Pramanik feels an image, once cut out of paper, cannot be replicated. “Cutting compositions from paper becomes possible through blessings of the divine power. The process has to be continuous. The moment you stop, the image is lost. That is the reason I never sell the images created out of paper, be it the dancing Ganesha or the Buddha. For me, it is more of an emotional experience than a stroke in perfection. I produce paper cut images only on special orders,” informed Ustad Pramanik, equally known for his medium of shadow puppetry.

Using his awesome images across special screens that enhance the visual effects, Ustad Pramanik has gone places with his shadow puppets on traditional as well as contemporary themes. His most famous shadow puppet show, “Mahishasurmardini”, has been staged across the country and the world over 15 times.

Currently busy imparting “devsthana kala” to villagers in Bhamlada and nearby areas of Dalhousie, Ustad Pramanik is finalising the launch of “The Poet of Hindustan”, a book on Rabindranath Tagore, first printed in 1948. With an introduction by Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the book has been reprinted by Prabal Pramanik, who will launch the same in Chandigarh shortly.

The most striking image of this rare book is “the first convocation of Shantinikaten, which features Tagore with Mahatma Gandhi.

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