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Students to hold rights convention
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Law, psychology and mass communications students from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are expected to participate in a convention aimed at promoting human rights in the region.

Organised by a Delhi-based organisation, Human Rights Law Network, the convention is scheduled to be held on September 10 at Indira Holiday Home in Sector 24 here.

The organisation's senior legal adviser, Ms Parul Sharma, in a press note issued here today, said the convention was unique in the sense that no "seniors" would be present during the convention. As such, the participants would be able to think independently about the ways in which they could make a change. 



Registration for ‘Indian Idol’ begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Sony announced its “Indian Idol” show at hotel Mountview today. The Reality TV show will offer talented singers of the country an opportunity to achieve success.
To be adjudged by Farah Khan, Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam, “Indian Idol” will be the first large scale Reality TV show for India. It will be presented by Mini Mathur.

Mini Mathur, Anu Malik and singer Shibani Kashyap highlighted finer points of the show. TV actor Aman Verma will be in the city tomorrow for the promotion of the event.

They will also be joined by other TV stars, including Jassi of “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi” and Kumkum (Juhi Parmar) of “Kumkum”.

Those interested in registering for the show can do so by placing a call at 95161-1250121 or by typing ‘IDOL’ and sending it as SMS to 2525.

Drawn upon “Pop Idol” show of the UK and the “American Idol” show of the USA, the event promises fame to the winner.

Kunal Dasgupta, Sony Entertainment Television CEO, said: “This show is based on an internationally successful format that has proved to be a formidable platform for catapulting many aspiring idols to unparalleled stardom.”

After Chandigarh, the “Indian Idol” crew will cover Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Auditions will be held in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad where a panel of judges will shortlist 100 aspirants.

The participants will receive registration numbers for the final auditions. The judges will then zero in on 30 in December. Finally there will be 10 contestants out of which the country will vote to choose the best “Indian Idol”.



Versatility Anu Malik’s hallmark
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 27
Certain allegations are too serious to be overlooked. That explains why a mere mention of Anu Malik is almost always followed by this whole debate on plagiarism. But the man representative of modern Indian melody has, by now, perfected the art of tiding over accusation, and he does it with all the logic in the world.

“Who does not lift tunes? Right from Pancham Da whose song “Chura liya hai” is a straight lift from a western classic to Salil Choudhry whose music is pregnant with Beethoven’s influence, everyone cherishes inspiration. There are only seven musical notes. There cannot be more. It is natural to follow a certain musical sensibility, at least some of the times if not all. I have also done that.

But I wonder why everyone overlooks my originality in “Refugee”, “Fiza”, “Border”, and now “Mai Hoon Na,” retorts the quintessential fighter who has never succumbed to failure. He was in city to promote Sony’s show, “India Idol”, in which he is one of the judges.

Most recently, he has entered the international league by signing Gurinder Chadha’s “Bride and Prejudice.” For Anu, writing English songs has not been so tough. After all, he has composed and sung an all-English album which managed a fair amount of appreciation. “But this film is a different ball game altogether. It requires me to create something oriental, with a potential to impress the West. It’s like putting soul into technology,” explains Anu.

Interestingly, technology has always excited the creator in Anu. He admits he is constantly in a research mode. “When I began composing, there were not many options for making music. Now, you have a whole range of facilitators like rhythm factories and downloading equipment. Pick a rhythm and the song is ready. All I need to do is discover myself and nurture tunes that take birth inside me. I love being versatile.”



Zila Khan strikes blissful note
Tribune News Service

Zila Khan
Zila Khan

Chandigarh, August 27
There is no escaping the magic of pure song that flows from the heart of a Sufi. So if Zila Khan touched the listeners with the beauty of her utterance at Kala Gram tonight, it was hardly a matter of surprise… for that’s what she, as a Sufi, was expected to do.

But surprised people still were not just with Zila’s flawless recitation of timeless verses but also with the power of the “full throated” homage she paid to God with every fresh presentation of her’s on the opening of the Shaan-e-Sufi festival today. She struck a blissful note by choosing to start with a song from her just-released album of Sufi love songs. Baba Bulle Shah’s verse “Ishq di nawi nawi bahaar” was the first presentation of this evening, which was to get better with each passing song.

The most delightful part of the presentation was the selection of poetry for translation into songs. From Bulle Shah to Hazrat Amir Khurso, Zila came a full circle, leaving nothing to chance. And as she switched over from one glorious piece of poetry and literature to another, she ensured the gathering enjoyed moments of tranquillity, suffused with wondrous romance.

Zila’s recital was followed by another delightful spell of Sufiana kalaam by Wadali brothers Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali.



Stars light up a different screen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 27
Mediapersons and the winners of R world in 10 cities, including Chandigarh, today interacted with stars of “Dhoom” through video conferncing. The movie was released in theatres today.

The stars, including Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Rimi Sen, Uday Chopra, along with director Sanjay Gandhavi had a chat with mediapersons across the country. Abhishek was the most sought after star and he struck an instant rapport with the participants.

Abhishek said, “Riding a bike was a thrilling experience. There are many stunts in the movie which are real.

But he advised youngsters not to get “carried away by these stunts”. The director, Sanjay Ghandhiv said, “This is completely entertainment film. There is no social message in it”. “I am in love with the bikes that is why I have chosen a movie in which bikes play a significant role,” he said.

John Abrahm said, “I enjoyed doing this movie and I had a lot of fun.

Esha Deol who has changed her looks in this movie said “I thought I should try out something different. I had also focused on good script”.

Talking about the webworld technology Uday Chopra said, “This kind of arrangement is useful for every one, including the production team of the movie.”

Later, winners of the R world also got interacted, with the stars. From Chandigarh the lucky winners were Namrata, Bhupinder and Aman.


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