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From Schools
Camp to develop emotional relationship

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The junior wing of the Satluj Public School, Panchkula, organised a one-day camp in the premises of the school to develop an emotional relationship between the student’s home and their school. The theme of the camp was “School is the second best home”. The Chief Guest, Mr Prem Singh Mailk, a former Principal Chief Conservator, Haryana, inaugurated the camp. During the camp, the students visited the Dolls Museum, Sector 17 Plaza, and Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

Mr Pritam Singh Serai, Director of the school, stayed with the campers. He emphasized the role of the school.

Summer workshop

A workshop was organised by the Youth Technical Training Society( YTTS) for the students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41. The resource person of the society, Ms Lydia from Holland and Ms Shreya Puri, a student of Delhi University, were present for the workshop. The students of AKIPS took keen interest in becoming active members of the organisation.

A summer workshop is being organised for the students of AKIPS and outsiders from May 24 to June 9 in the premises of the school. The students would get a chance to improve their skills in dance and music, art and craft, cookery, computers, carom and English speaking.



Personality camp at ‘Sukriti-2004’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 21
Information and entertainment activates were the highlights of the second day of “Sukriti — 2004”—a personality development camp being organised at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, near here, today.

According to a press note, a number of students participated in pot-making, glass-painting, flower-making and thread-making activities. Various other activities at the venues of dramatics, yoga, sports computer and dance and music were also a big draw.

Book fair: A three-day book fair began at St Vivekanand Millennium School at Pinjore, near here, on Thursday.

Organised by the Scholastic India Private Limited, New Delhi, the main purpose of the fair is to inculcate the habit of reading in school children.

Summer camp: Satluj Public School, Sector 4, will organise a two-week long summer camp for students between the age group of 5 to 16 from May 24, according to Mr Krit Serai, Principal.



Protest against booking of lawyer
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 21
Local advocates today protested the move of the district police to book an advocate, Mr Naresh Mehta, in a case related to a dispute with his neighbours.

As the police tried to register a case against Mr Mehta, several advocates, shouting slogans against the police, rushed to the SP office to oppose the move. Even as the SP, Mr Ranbir Sharma, was not available, they expressed their resentment to the DSP (City), Mr Rajesh Duggal, against the police “highhandedness”.

They threatened to launch an agitation if Mr Mehta was booked. Mr Mehta reportedly had a dispute with his neighbours over the cutting of a tree a few days back. He had complained to the police and his neighbours were booked by the police.

Later, the neighbours also complained to the police and today’s police move was seen as an offshoot of that complaint.



HC vacation
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 21
The High Court will observe summer vacation from May 31 to June 30. According to a notification from the Deputy Registrar (General) of the High Court, the vacation Judge would only entertain election-related cases and other urgent cases. The court will re-open on July 1.



Weekend getaway...Kasauli
A heady mix of pines, wines and old times
Ruchika M. Khanna

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.

— Bern Williams.

Where to stay

The hill station offers accommodation for tourist of each category- ones who would like to roll in luxury and also for those holidaying on a shoe-string budget. While private resorts like Kasauli Resorts (which offer a breathtakingly beautiful view of the hills) and Baikunth Resorts (with its small huts and misty view of the mountains) offer accommodation for anything between Rs 2500 to Rs 4000), Himachal Tourism’s Heritage Hotel Ros Common and other middle range hotels like Alashia, Mauris and R Maidens and private guest houses offer accommodation for Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 per day. Other than this various government rest houses (PWD, Forest and Circuit House) also open their doors for the public for anything between Rs 200 to Rs 300 per day.

FOR sure the writer was talking about the resplendence of quaint hill station of Kasauli — nestled amidst the lofty pines, lush greens and wild flower growth on the mountains. This hill station has withstood time and preserved its scintilla... and more so in the sweltering summer months.

Undisturbed with the company of all that is beautiful — cool breezes, lovely sunsets and quiet mountains — Kasauli offers the cool luxury for the summer weary weekend tourist from the city and its surrounding areas. At a distance of 63 km from Chandigarh, Kasauli is still reminiscent of the days of the Raj, as it offers a heady mix of pines, wines and the old times.

Planned as a retreat for the British, this weekend getaway still exudes its British legacy— the Church of England, the old grant bungalows (now owned by the who’s who of the country) and other archival buildings. Once a part of the Ambala Brigade area (Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh), the hill station offers a panoramic view of the plains of Punjab, Haryana and, of course, the City Beautiful. Certainly not a happening hill station (there are just a few shops to boast of as a market), the romanticism lies in its tranquillity and the solitude it offers — be it at the scenic Monki Point (Tapp’s Nose) or the view from the Circuit House, and also the Kasauli Club, which has a reputation extending beyond this quiet hill station.

Are you game for a trek through the woods, listen to the chirping of birds and see the fauna change its shape and hues as you trek higher in altitude? If yes, then the 15 km trek from Parwanoo via Jangeshu and Masulkhana is the way to go up to Kasauli and let out the adventurous streak in you. Though the track has diminished at several places, because of few takers, it is a sure way to experience the resplendence of nature.

Kasauli does not only have its scenic splendour to boast of. It is also famous for the 100-year-old Central Research Institute, as Brigade headquarters and, of course, the high flying “summer residents” of the town. From various retired Generals of the Indian Army to writer- litterateur Khushwant Singh, and from artist Vivan Sundaram who conducts painting workshops in mid June each year to former royals and present day royals (retired bureaucrats and Governors of states)- the summer season sees them relaxing their nerves away from the heat and grime of the plains.

But if you do not want to be swept by the feeling of deja vu, and look for the last word in luxury, modern day splendour is slowly but surely making its headway for the benefit of city weary souls. With the maximum temperature hovering between 26° to 28° and the minimum temperature being 18° to 20°, the place is ideal for a cool weekend sojourn.

This year the tourists have already started pouring in, and the occupancy in all hotels is almost 100 per cent. On the weekends, more so now, with the beginning of the summer vacation, the quiet hill station is suddenly transformed as vehicles with jarring music, clog the town. The eateries in the various hotels, offering the choicest of Indian and continental cuisines, tantalize your taste buds while you get into the holiday mode. 


A riot of colours at Anukama-2004

A riot of colours, flowing fabrics, ancient cultures, peek-a-boo garments with accent on the funk was on display at the annual design show of the NIIFT, Anukama- 2004.

The eclectic fashion show with pulsating music and mercury soaring skywards (not so much for the summer heat but for the heat generated by the lissome models and the exquisite creations they sported) was held at Hotel Mount View.

Various top models, including former Ms India Universe, Nikita Anand, walked the ramp wearing collections prepared by designers of the NIIFT, Mohali. Fifteen female models and five male models walked the ramp for the 32 designers , who offered to their creativity the fashion world.

The garments showcased drew inspiration from the ancient Roman civilization, African tribes, Kathiawad embroidered bustiers, chic English skirts and coats with Burberry checks or the urbane collections, titled Urbanized Folklore, which include dresses in raw silk blended with wool on hems.

The Sikki work collection by Pushpanjali (a traditional Madhubani craft) on bustiers and skirts/ capris/trousers, or the Kasba collection showcasing the handicraft of the small tribal settlements in the North East and Central India. Other than this, tie and dye lehanga choli in knitted cloth, or the clinging chiffons are also well received by the audience.

Also worth watching was Ashu Chopra’s black ensemble in knitted fabric with embroidery incorporated in the knits and crocheted accessories, as well as Prashant’s collection of skirts for the metrosexual man. The leather jackets by students of garment manufacturing course were good.

Drawing inspiration from the Lakme India Fashion week, the young designers also showcased their collections drawing inspiration from the darker side of life — overcoats that looked like vampire’s clothing, or the Destruction line of clothing presented towards the end of the show. TNS



Japanese tradition brought alive in clay

JAPANESE sculptors are known for their mastery over the art of experimentation. Without losing touch with traditional elements, they have always managed to take the contemporary along. That the Japanese sculpture movement has come of age is clear from the masterly blend of techniques in each of the works of clay now on display at the State Library in Sector 34.

Part of the travelling exhibition brought to India by the Japanese Foundation, the works present a culturally rooted picture. Each of the pieces tells a story of Japanese tradition, whether it is the love for animal life or the reverence for flora.

Being organised jointly by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and the Japan Foundation, the exhibition is also very culturally oriented. It can be conveniently divided into four sections — vessel-form objects, organic forms, geometric creations and figurative clay works.

In the first category fall the works of artists who believe that craft objects combine beauty and utility. They however believe more that the foundation of clay work lies in transcending the idea for crafts to create forms that have no thought attached to function. In that sense, the work becomes truly contemporary. “Bible in the Sand”, a beautiful creation by Araki Takako, falls in this section and exemplifies how emotion and innovation come together to enhance aesthetics.

The figurative image category is equally rich with its strong refection of contemporary realities. This section is replete with works like “Melody” by Kumakaru Junkichi who uses musical elements to voice the urge of liberation among the Blacks. Many other images of human liberation are striking and imposing. Most artists have used components quintessence of Japan like trees, branches and rocks to represent the distinctiveness of its culture.

Then there are forms that remind one of the beauties of lines and curves. In this realm are works like “Plate”, “Basin”, “Incense Burner” and “Mask”, each truly reflective of physical beauty of inanimate objects, which make animated expressions.

The set of artists working in the organic section represent the most fundamental application to clay works. In this category, Akiyama creates cylindrical forms from slides of clay and then uses burner to apply heat to surfaces. Some artists have also worked to divulge the strength and weaknesses of the earth.

The exhibition will be open till June 2. TNS


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