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St. Soldier kids celebrate I-Day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 13
Tiny tots of St. Soldier International Convent School, Mohali, today celebrated Indepedence Day.

The school will have a separate function for the seniors on Sunday wherein the Tricolour will be hoisted. As per the order of the district administration, there was no flag hoisting today.

The entire programme was conducted by the little ones themselves. The comperes, Jasmehar and Akanksha of Class II B, were attired in traditional dresses. The opening item was a song “I am special” presented by nursery students which made them proud of being Indians. This was followed by a speech by Arpit from Class II in which the Britishers were described as guests who had to be repeatedly reminded and forced to leave India forever. The KG students with their dramatisation of “Nanha munha rahi hoon” stole the show. The students, all of whom came dressed in white, green and saffron, were told the importance of these colours by Principal V. Tiwana.


Students and staff of St Soldier’s Divine Public School, Sector 16, celebrated the Independence Day at the school by organising a peace march.

A function was also organised in the school, where students spoke about the freedom struggle and the culture of unity in diversity in India. A skit was presented by junior students . A dance drama, poetry recitation and patriotic songs were also presented.


Students of Rai School celebrated Independence Day on the school premises here today. The junior and senior sections of the school participated with traditional fervour. The students of pre-nursery and nursery could be seen dressed as famous personalities. The programme concluded with a skit showing how the country attained Independence from the British rule.

Celebrations in JBM Public School began with flag hoisting. Mr Baldev Singh, Chairman, Dr Bal Krishan Sharma, Vice-Chairman of the school, were present on the occasion.

The Bal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, organised a week-long celebrations, which comprised cultural function, debate and declamation contests.

Students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, organised a drawing, painting and face-making competition. They displayed their skill by painting at each other’s face. Students of Andale Public School , Sector 9, also celebrated Independence Day.

Schools flout order

Ignoring the orders on not celebrating the Independence Day in advance, a large number of schools organised functions to celebrate the day. Some of the schools even started the celebrations a week in advance. The managements of the schools argue that they celebrate the occasion to avoid calling children on a holiday.



3 declared elected to PU Senate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Three candidates were declared elected to the Panjab University Senate, here today, subject to the approval of the Chancellor of the university. They include Ms Ravinder Kaur, Principal, Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, Dr RP Asija, Principal, D.A.V. College of Education, Abohar, and Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36. Their term will begin from November 1 this year, according to the Registrar/Returning Officer, senate elections, Panjab University.

Strike withdrawn: The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) called off its indefinite fast outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor’s office, here today.

The president of SOPU, Ranjeet Raju, said the authorities had agreed to accept their demands following which the office-bearers of the organisation decided to call off their protest. The agitating students were offered juice by the Dean Students Welfare, Dr Nirmal Singh, and Dr Meenakshi Malhotra.



CBSE Plus II compartment result today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the result of Plus II compartment examination tomorrow. Over 7,000 children had participated in the examination held in July last.

The results of the students, who appeared from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, will be available on the board’s website by 8 pm tomorrow. The Regional Officer of the board, Mr P.I. Sabu, disclosed that the result gazette would be available to the schools on Monday and the results of the private candidates would be dispatched at their residential addresses.



DAV boys clinch Rock Idols title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Stoned on Salt, the rock band of DAV College, Sector 10, has won the Rock Idols contest held in Leisure Valley yesterday. The runners-up for the contest were Wasted Souls, a band featuring performers from the Chandigarh College of Architecture and PEC.

These winners will participate in the regional finals to be held later in their respective regions. The regional finals for the North will be held in Delhi on August 20 and will include the winners from the rounds in Indore, Chandigarh and Delhi.

The grand finale will take place in Mumbai on September 12 with the winners of the Pepsi Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols getting a once in a life time opportunity to perform alongside international rock icons, of the likes of Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Duran Duran and Sting, amongst others who will perform in India.



College students protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Students of Government College for Men, Sector 11, today raised slogans against the college authorities for not allowing subject change in BA-part I, not allowing admission in hostel to those with less than 50 per cent marks and improper drinking water facility.

Meanwhile, students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Men, Sector 26, raised slogans against the Principal of the college for allegedly misbehaving with a student. The students alleged the student was slapped while he was speaking.

Dr Kuldeep Singh, Principal of the college, said carrying of mobile phones was not allowed in the college premises.



Documentary lauds Sant Sechewal’s service to Kali Bein
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Chandigarh-based documentary maker Daljit Ami’s film “Karsewa” portrays the efforts of a community to save the historic Kali Bein rivulet from the hazards of pollution. The rivulet flows through Sultanpur Lodhi.

Screened at the Chandigarh Press Club today, the film revolves around Baba Balbir Singh Sechewal, the community leader who has taken upon himself the task of cleansing Kali Bein rivulet associated with Guru Nanak. In this sense, the film projects a model which villagers have successfully designed and executed to accomplish a task long considered impossible at government level.

Baba Balbir Singh is the pioneer here. He leads a team of karsewaks regularly to clear Kali Bein of pollutants. The film starts from Nirmal Kutiya Sechewal, a religious seat for the sect of Nirmalas. Sant Balbir Singh Sechewal is the head of this seat. The film then focuses on Sechewal village, named after its saints. This village is unique as it is clean, with no traces of over-ground sewerage or mosquitoes. In the entire documentary, religion is lauded as a tool that unites villagers into a group which embodies the spirit of self service. The philosophy of Sant Sechewal also forms an important part of the footage. The film ends with the song, “Aj lai gaye aa kaman nu khich ke guruji Teri fauj rangli.” The quote signifies the spirit behind karsewa, which is also the film’s title.

Daljit has been probing issues vital to Punjab for the past five years. His first film, “Born in Debt” was about agricultural labourers in Punjab. The second one was on a human rights activist Sudershan Kumar. Daljit’s most recent film is “Anhad baja bajey” on the continuity of Sufi tradition and its contemporary practice in Lahore.



Malhar Festival music exponents honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The three-day Malhar festival concluded at Pracheen Kala Kendra today with the participating music experts receiving honours from the Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai, who was chief guest for the occasion.

Before the evening presentation which featured vocal recital by Gwalior tradition’s Pt L.K. Pandit and Agra gharana’s Pt Yashpal, it was time to decorate the participating vocalists with titles.

The following titles were conferred today — Pt Yashpal (Sangeet Shiromani), Pt L.K. Pandit (Sangeet Ratna), Sulochana Brahaspati and Sharayu Kalekar (Gyan Saraswati), Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma (Sangeet Vidhushi), Dr Saubhagya Vardhan (Sangeet Medhavi) and Pt Keshav Talegaonkar (Sangeet Shree). After the award ceremony Pt L.K. Pandit enthralled the audiences with his delightful renditions in raag Malhar. Accompanied by Bharat Bhushan Goswami on the sarangi, he presented raag Megh, to start with.

After a presentation in vilambit (slow) tempo, he rendered another composition in drut (fast) tempo. His bandishes were in raag Mian Malhar and raag Gaud Malhar. He concluded the recital with raag Sawanti Malhar. Earlier during the day Pt Keshav Talegaonkar also made his presentation on raag Malhar.



Agra gharana doyen invokes Malhar’s folk origin
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
In true tradition of the guru-shishya parampara, the Malhar festival concluded with the doyen of Agra gharana Pt Yashpal being called in to have the last word. And as expected, he made a lucid presentation, invoking the folk origin of raag Malhar for the first time in the past three days.

Folk derivation of this famous raag was explained in great detail by Pt Yashpal, who referred to Malhar as Mallar. In an interview to Chandigarh Tribune, he built this whole theory of raag Mallar being a direct derivative of a tribal tune called Mallari that emerged from the musical practices of those who inhabited the Malwa centuries ago.

“The explanation of Malhar does not end with its dictionary meaning. It is not just about a musical arrangement that was composed to honour the rainy season and its consequent impact on the ambience. It has a greater, rather simpler base, which is, in turn, directly linked to folk traditions. From there it was picked up for refinement and codification. That was how Mallar became so classical in appeal,” he said.

Pt Yashpal also said there was no such thing as “singing the Shudh Mallar anymore.” “There is no such scope. What musicians call “shudh” is actually a raw material which legends have used to visualise their own forms of Mallar. It is this creativity which endears the raag to the classes and masses alike. There is nothing very complex about Mallar, expect its name.”

Interestingly, the greatest among musicians Shri Bhartendu has not mentioned anything as “Malhar” in his treatise on the Indian classical music. He has referred to the raag as “Mallar” from Mallari.

Said Pt Yashpal, “The actual raag was called Megh, which was immortalised by Kalidasa in Megh Dootam. The interesting part is that Mian Tansen derived raag Darbari from raag Megh, which we now call Mallar.”

Later during the day, Pt Yashpal structured raag Mallar for the audience at Pracheen Kala Kendra. In his typically exclusive style, he presented compositions not heard before. These included the rarest form of raag Mallar - Sujan Mallar - composed by Pt Yashpal’s guru Ustad Yunus Khan Sahib of Agra gharana. He also rendered a unique bandish in raag Ramdasi Mallar (Garjo na garjo na barso re).

Pt Yashpal had commenced his recital with what he called raag Megh (Aaye ati dhoom dhaam te badra hamare man bhaye…). After this melodious composition in a slow tempo he rendered another bandish on a faster track.


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