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St Stephen’s takes over Ananda school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Unable to gain ground in the ‘upmarket’ education sector in Chandigarh, the Sukhija Foundation Trust has handed over the reins of its much-publicised project, Ananda International School, to St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.

The school will now be run under the flagship of St Stephen’s School. Under an understanding between the trust and St Stephen’s School, the new three-storey well-equipped building of Ananda International School at Togan village, on the outskirts of Chandigarh, will be handed over to Mr Harold Carver, Principal of St Stephen’s School.

Ananda International School was about to start its first academic session from April next. At least 30 students had been enrolled in different classes and 12 teachers had been employed.

The students affected are being given the option of joining St Stephen’s School.

The teachers will be shown the door. With the takeover, the collaboration of Ananda International School with Sri Ram Educare Trust, Delhi, comes to an end.

Mr Carver said he would run the school for the trust. Due to shortage of space at the existing building in Sector 45, the football academy and the hostel would be shifted to the premises at Togan village, he added. The building of Ananda International School was being given on lease to St Stephen’s School.

Mr Jagdeep Sukhija, chairman of the trust, said the decision had been taken in the interest of the students.

He did not deny that the poor response from parents was one of the factors behind the decision.

Asked about the fate of students and the plans publicised about Ananda International School, he said those who did not wish to join St Stephen’s School would be refunded the fee.

Parents of all students enrolled were being called to inform them about the development.



Cultural show by schoolchildren
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The annual day of Nav Bal Niketan Model School was celebrated with the inauguration of a new building of the school in Sector 29 here today. Swami Brahmeshananda, secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, was the chief guest. The principal of the school, Mr Srishta Mahajan, welcomed him.

The function began with the lighting of a lamp by students of class VI and VII. Students of KG class and nursery presented a colourful dance. A Brazilian dance, giddha, bhangra, Hindi play “Ashoka” and an English play “Meera Bai” were the highlights of the event.



From Schools/Colleges
350 students awarded certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The annual prize distribution function of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26, was held on the college premises here today. The Dean, Instructions, Panjab University, Prof S.K. Sharma, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to the winners.

Ms Rupa Saini, an Arjun Awardee and a member of the Sikh Education Society, was the guest of honour. In his address, Prof Sharma said for the empowerment of the women, compulsory education should be made mandatory.

The Principal of the college, Ms Harjinder Kaur, read out the annual report of the college.

As many as 350 meritorious students were awarded certificates for their achievements in academic, co-curricular activities and sports. The best outgoing student of the college, Jashan Dhaliwal ( BA III), and the best all-round student, Jasleen Bains (BCA III), were honoured on the occasion.

The college colour was conferred on Aandeep Kaur and Hardeep Kaur (athletics) and Neha (hockey).

Examination postponed: In view of the coming general elections, the National Talent Search Examination has been postponed to May 15. Earlier, the test was scheduled for May 9, the Director of the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, Chandigarh, said.

Arya Samaj celebrations: On the occasion of the 14th annual celebrations of Arya Samaj, Sector 16, a yoga and nature care cure camp is being organised from tomorrow.

The nine-day celebrations are being organised under the guidance of Acharya Dev Vrat ji. Nature cure expert Dr J.S. Tomar, will treat patients for various ailments.

Farewell: The third year students of arts stream of GCG, Sector 42, were given a colourful farewell by the BA-II students yesterday.

On the occasion, Shivani was selected Miss Graduate 2004 and Taranum came the first runner-up and Sherry second runners-up.

Demand: The office-bearers of the Education Department Employees Association today met the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral and presented him a charter of demands.

The main demand was the release of seniority lists of lecturers and masters which were due from 1990 and 1992, respectively, said the general secretary of the union, Mr Jit Singh Somal.



Seminar held

Panchkula, March 12
The second career counselling seminar was held at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, on Friday. The Employment Officer of Panjab University, Mr V.K. Sharma, educated students and parents about various employment opportunities available. Besides the school students, students from the Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, and the Agra Institute of Engineering and Medical Science participated in the seminar. TNS



12 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
At a special Lok Adalat today as many as 12 cases were settled and Rs 2.5 lakh were recovered from the borrowers to settle the cases of the HSBC Bank.
The Lok Adalat was organised by the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, at Sector 9, here.

The Adalat was held under the aegis of Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh.

A permanent Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services was also functioning in the Electricity Grid Sub Station, SDO Office, Booths Exhibition Hall, Sector 17, Chandigarh (near over bridge) from November last year.

The Lok Adalat takes up matters pertaining to transport service for the carriage of passengers or goods by air, road or water; postal, telegraph or telephone service; supply of power, light or water to public by any establishment; system of public conservancy or sanitation; service in hospital or dispensary; insurance service and housing and estate.



Talented artistes perform to empty chairs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Today’s presentation under the “Horizon” series of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) proved to be quite a disappointment, with not more than 30 people turning up for the show. Poor attendance to the vocal, odissi and sitar recitals presented by talented artistes of the country once again threw up the often posed question regarding the sentiment behind organising such shows.

Though the programme started much later than the scheduled time of 6.30 p.m., there were hardly any takers for the same. The artistes were naturally embarrassed to be part of the show, although they finally put up a brave face, leading the show from one recital to another.

To begin with, the artistes arrived at Tagore Theatre only at around 7.10 p.m., only to find an empty hall. The show finally started around 7.15 p.m. with Kshitij Biswas presenting his vocal recital. Unfazed by a meagre attendance, the vocalist made devotional offerings. He was accompanied on the tabla by Pt Kishore Banerjee, who is rated among the senior most tabla players in the country.

As for Kshitij, he has trained under Guru Chuni Pal Roychoudhury and, Girish Biswas of Kolkata, apart from learning the finer nuances by attending the workshops with Pt Jasraj, Pt Bhimsen Joshi and Kumar Gandharva. Presently he is on the faculty of music in Maitree College in Delhi.

Taking over from the vocalist, Subrata De, a disciple of Pt Mani Lal Nag, took the programme further by striking melodies on his sitar. Having performed in Chandigarh earlier, Subrata must have been amused to find such a thin attendance in a city otherwise generous as an audience. The instrumentalist has been associated with various organisations as a teacher. He has also established Swaranjali, a platform for upcoming artistes in Delhi.

Well blended though the show was, with vocal, sitar and finally odissi recitals, the flavour was missing throughout, due to lack of proper organisation. Finally, it was time for Ipsita Behoora, a dedicated odissi dancer to make her presentation.

The founder president of Pratidhwani, an organisation committed to the promotion of the dance style, Ipsita began learning odissi as a six-year old from guru Satyuabadi Sahu and received diploma in the dance form from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad.

Also trained in odissi by the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Padmashri Sanjukta Panigrahi, Ipsita has performed extensively in India and abroad. She has also been instrumental in popularising odissi in Bangladesh during the early 90s.

During her presentation today, Ipsita reflected her celebrated tutelage, picking up pieces that portray odissi all its grace and splendour.



Oleega comes to Fun Republic

A riot of colours with accent on the funk—this new style in haircut and colouring was showcased during an eclectic fashion show organised at Fun Republic today.

The fashion show was organised in the central lobby of the multiplex in the evening. The occasion was the launch of Oleega parlour in association with Wella Hair Care, which had the Fahrenheit soaring as the models sashayed down the ramp in a show choreographed by Gagreene.

The show was divided into three sequences—each exhibiting a different look of hair styles and colouring. For the casual look, the models displayed blonde, bright pink and bright red, while for the corporate look, mahogany and deep brown colours were recommended in the show. Funk was predicted for the glamorous look , where the models sported a combination of red and gold colours.

The hair styles were neat, cut in layers to add volume and give bounce to the hair. Since the show was held in the central lobby of the multiplex, it attracted a number of people, some of them could be seen standing on the first and second floor.

Earlier, Mr Uuerner Robert from Wella Hair Care announced the launch of a premium range of hair care products—System Professionals, comprising 22 products—for a complete solution to all hair problems. He said since Wella dealt primarily in hair care products, it was not only depicting the current international styles in hair colouring, but also setting the future trends in creative hair colouring. He said while it was the brunette look or the red colour that was in here, internationally the salt-and-pepper effect (with traces of grey hair in black) was very popular.

It is the first time that the German company has tied up with a chain of beauty and lifestyle clinics in the country. Mr Arshad Khan, proprietor of Oleega, said Wella products would be used at all its parlours—in Sectors 9 and 11 in Chandigarh, Panchkula and in Ludhiana, besides the new parlour inaugurated today.—TNS



Capturing nature through the camera their hobby
Ruchika M. Khanna

The city is home to many amateur photographers, a few of whom have together formed the Photographic Society of Chandigarh. As of now the society has about 15 members and also organises a photography exhibition with the Chandigarh Administration during the Festival of Gardens. The society also hosted the International Photographic Convention in the city five years ago.

Subhash Sapru
Subhash Sapru

Sanjay Kaushal
Sanjay Kaushal

V.S. Kundu
V.S. Kundu

Different folks from different walks of life. But what binds them together is their passion for catching nature through photography. Bitten by the (shutter)bug, these amateur photographers have been devoting their time, effort and finances to their hobby, and getting national and international acclaim in the bargain.

Mr V.S. Kundu, Director, Department of Science and Technology, Haryana, Mr Subhash Sapru, Public Relations Officer, Haryana and Mr Sanjay Kaushal, Development Officer with New India Insurance Company, have never received any formal training in photography. But given the slightest opportunity of a vacation from work, and the three pledge their holiday to travel for fulfilling their passion for photography.

All these three amateur photographers say that they always had a discerning eye, which ensured that they turned into perspective photographers. Though they began learning photography late in life, they have been zealously pursuing the art with camera to achieve the essence of excellence.

Subhash Sapru has been awarded the international honour of being an associate of the India International Photographic Council (IIPC), New Delhi in the year 2003, and has been designated as a two-star exhibitor in photo journalism by the Photographic Society of America. Besides winning a number of awards in national and international photo exhibitions, he has to his credit over 150 acceptances of pictures in national and international exhibitions.

Says Subhash, “I was introduced to photography by my eldest brother Brij M. Sapru , who handed me his camera, a click III. I used to make collage and my brother was impressed with my creativity. Once I started with photography, he continued to upgrade the equipment by providing me new generation cameras and lens.” Though Sapru is working as a Public Relations Officer in the Department of Public Relations, Haryana, Sapru’s official work does not include photography. It is mainly the desire to improve his skills, and nose for news that are his biggest assets.

V.S Kundu, a civil servant in Haryana, like an apt storyteller, likes to capture the essence of life and produce it later by demystifying life’s myths. Specialising in black and white photography (Kundu insists he is no photo artist, but likes to find expression in his subjects, which are visible in black and white), he developed this hobby only ten years ago. “I used to paint landscapes, and would often travel for this. Then a friend, Mr Adit Aggarwal introduced me to photography, and I found it a better medium to express my creativity,” he says.

A decade on, he has shot rolls and rolls of photographs — mainly of natural landscapes — be it the desert scapes, or the hill scapes. Kundu likes to travel as often as possible, to give vent to his creative urges. In fact, he has set up a dark room in his house in Panchkula, and prefers to develop prints himself.

Similarly for Sanjay Kaushal, it was the love for nature that made him drive away to the hills at the slightest opportunity, and taking pix was just part of the adventure. “I do not remember when photography gained precedence over my travelling adventures. Now, I travel out of the city for catching nature’s bounty through my lens.”

He says that it was in 1990 he realised that he had an eye for photography, after a trip on his jaunty scooter to Spiti and Kinnaur. Since then he makes it a point to travel once a month and shoot pictures. In fact, his first exhibition of photographs was organised by Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) , and his pictures adorn the walls of Hotel Mount View and Hotel Shivalik View. He has won various photographic salons in Lucknow and Nainital, besides at the Festival of Gardens here. 



Now Koser gharana
Parbina Rashid

It was an event that could rightfully be described as “history in the making”. Mr M.L. Koser, Registrar, Pracheen Kala Kendra, announced his return to stage after a gap of 20 years as well as establishing of his gharana of classical dance. The gharana will be known as “Koser Gharana”.

The term gharana is generally associated with place of its origin. Reacting to this observation Mr Koser, a ‘tandav’ dancer, who founded Pracheen Kala Kendra in 1956, said that initially gharanas were named after artistes, a trend which was later changed. “I have made enough contribution to the world of classical dance to have a gharana named after me,” he said with confidence.

Mr Koser is planning to invite the top most artistes in India in October and have their opinion on Koser gharana.

“Gharana literally means a particular tradition belonging to a family for a specific period of time. In other words, gharana represents a school of performing art, belonging to a house or a family, at a particular period having its influence at least on three successive generations,” said Ms Shobha, wife of Mr M.L. Koser, a practitioner of Jaipur gharana of kathak.

As performing artistes both M.L. Koser and herself have evolved their own distinctive style. Koser gharana will be based on the 108 body movements prescribed in the Natya Shashtra,” informs Mr Koser.

When asked about the relevance of starting a gharana at a time when boundaries of existing gharanas were melting away, Mr Koser said that he wanted to carry forward the tradition of Koser gharana.

Mr Koser, known as “Dwitiya Tandu” for his distinctive style of tandav dance shot to fame for his ballet on Nehru’s “Discovery of India”. Now better known as a guiding force for the young and upcoming performing artistes, he has been promoting classical dance, music and drama through Pracheen Kala Kendra which has branches in the country and abroad.

Mr Koser will showcase his dancing skill in front of the Chandigarh audience at Tagore Theatre on March 19. Titled as “Koser Kutumb Parampara”, the show will feature the three generations of his family, his wife Shobha, daughter Purva Koser Puri, daughter-in-law Samira Koser and his grand children Asmita and Chahat Puri and Parth and Ridhi Koser.



Why not walk into a showroom of second-hand cars?

It may be noted that the second hand or pre-owned car market in the country is fast gaining popularity as compared to the new cars. In the city, the number of cars coming to the car bazaar, too, has shown a substantial increase over the past three years, with over 5000 cars on display each Sunday. 

What about going to a showroom for pre-owned cars than having to look for the right car in the Sunday car bazaar on Madhya Marg? Well, United Autowheelz, a complete used car showroom that was inaugurated in Industrial Area, Phase I today, hopes to provide better facilities to the prospective buyers of pre-owned cars. The showroom was inaugurated by Mr Vishal Pandit, CEO and president of GE Consumer Finance India. United Autowheelz is a direct marketing agent of GE Countrywide.

The showroom hopes to provides complete used car services — easy purchase through finance option; wide variety of makes and models, and ensuring road worthiness of vehicles and ensuring total customer satisfaction.

It may be noted that the second hand or pre-owned car market in the country is fast gaining popularity as compared to the new cars. In the city, the number of cars coming to the car bazaar, too, has shown a substantial increase over the past three years, with over 5000 cars on display each Sunday. The car bazaar here is one of the biggest in the northern region. Buyers of second hand cars, and sellers from all over the region — Ambala, Lalru, Banur, Rajpura, Patiala, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, Morinda, Ropar, Kalka, Solan, besides the city and its satellite townships of Panchkula and Mohali — assemble here each Sunday to strike the best possible bargains.

It is thus that this showroom of pre-owned cars hopes to cater to the upper-end customer looking for the best sell, or even a buy. Says Mr Rajesh Gilhotra, head operations, "Our quality inspection team will assure that each vehicle available for sale is free from any registration complications, accidental damage and pending insurance claims”. TNS



Suffering from mammary failure
Preeto Kaur

“Something is wrong with my mammary,” said Sweety. “I am forgetting everything nowadays. Yesterday, the dhobi came and asked me to take off the clothes for him and I am forgetting to do it. Poor man got upset when he came back for them. I am forgetting that I had taken them and put them on the drawing room chayer.”

Sweety’s words got me racing my mind’s horses. It seems to me that people are having problems with their mammeries. Why, even my mammary needs a lift right now! What’s that film star, father of Tushar Kapoor, advertising for? Some ayurvedic medicine to improve mammary, na? What’s his name was? He was wearing white shoes all the time… ofo, what his name was?

I’m remembering all day and all night, his name is not coming. I’m thinking I’ll ask Shoki paaji tomorrow. He’s knowing all about fillums, na. Whole night I’m changing sides (karvaten badalti rahi). My He is getting angry. I’m disturbing his snoring, na! Bhai, men need rest. After all, he’s hardly working in government library - giving books, taking books —- it’s a job of great responsibility.

So I’m getting up and going to see TV. I’m thinking that father of Tushar Kapoor with the white shoes will come on some channel and the I’ll be knowing his name. But you know, I’m seeing on Zee and a fillum on Sunny is coming. He’s shouting and shouting on Pakistanis. I’m liking so much I’m forgetting to switch channels to find that Paaji with white shoes. See, its my mammary again!

Anyway, I’m remembering about him only after picture getting finish. Then also I’m not thinking that much because I’m full of love for India and so much liking for Sunny. His father, Dharmender, also being star same time as Tushar’s father with white shoes. I’m hearing his being very decent to Punjabis. We’re all learning lesson from him-never forget your mud.

But I’m not forgetting my mammary problem. In morning I’m phoning up Shoki paaji. We’re saying helloji, helloji and then his asking how I’m remembering him. I’m saying he can only revive my mammary, press it to make it alert. I’m saying what’s name of Tushar Kapoor’s father with white shoes?

“What that fellow they called Jumping Jack?”

“Haanji, ohi.”

“That fellow who is father of ‘K’ Queen Ekta Kapoor?”

“Haanji, haanji,” I’m saying with joy. Shoki paaji is pucca knowing!

“That fellow who is modeling for 40-plus tablets?”

I’m going mad with happiness. “Haanji,” I’m almost shouting.

“I’m forgetting his name,” Shoki paaji is saying.

Mammary failure again!! May be, 40-plus will help.



Feel-good paintings

SANJAY Dhawan’s paintings at Art Folio live up to the name of the show ‘Rainbow’ they being exhibited under. For it is not just a wide spectrum of bright colours that greet you as you enter the gallery, but themes are also diverse.

In “Harmony” Sanjay has painted domes of mandir, masjid, church and gurdwara. In “Elements of Life” he has brought together the five basic elements of life. Other interesting works are “Heaven and Hell”, “Reflections”, “Down to Dusk” and “Sail”.

“I am not using dull colours or abstract forms simply because people prefer to see something they can relate to,” says this Ambala-based artist who is exhibiting for the first time.

An engineer by profession, Sanjay took to painting simply to ‘beat stress’ in life. Little wonder, Sanjay’s paintings cheer up the viewer.

With their quality to jell well with any type of decor, Sanjay’s 24 paintings make good drawing room pieces. The paintings cost between Rs 1,200 to Rs 10,000. The exhibition is on till March 15. TNS 


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