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Senate poll: Mahajan, Kohli, Kanwaljit, Sirohi win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The third phase of the Senate elections threw up mixed result for the four seats of the Professor, Reader and Lecturer constituency, here today. While two seats went to the anti-establishment group, two independent candidates were also elected.

In the Professors constituency, Dr V.K. Mahajan won the arts seat, polling 76 votes against Dr N.K. Ojha who polled 70 votes. In the sciences, Dr R.K. Kohli, independent, was declared elected with 52 votes. He defeated Dr A.S. Ahluwalia who got 35 votes Dr A.D. Ahluwalia who polled three votes and Dr Rajpal Sharma who got 16 votes.

In the Lecturer, Reader constituency, dark horse Dr Kanwaljit Singh polled 147 votes to be elected. He defeated Dr Navdeep Goel who got 121 votes while Dr Rajiv Puri got 16 votes. Dr Keshav Malhotra who had pulled out of the contest after being elected to the Senate from the Commerce faculty, openly canvassed for Dr Kanwaljit Singh at the venue.

Dr Devi Sirohi was also elected to the Senate. She polled 58 votes while Dr Keshav Malhotra got 28 votes in spite the fact that he had pulled out of the contest.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, in a written statement, clarified, “I wish to put on record that I am not associated with any group in the Senate. I have never taken any interest earlier nor am I taking any interest now in the elections of PUTA, Senate and Syndicate. If there are groups in the Senate, they have been there since long and for me everyone is equally important. My name is occasionally associated with one group or the other in the newspapers which is not in the right spirit. I would, therefore, appreciate if the media does not associate my name with any group whatsoever.”



Functions to mark Hindi week organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Functions to mark Hindi Week are being organised at Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School here from September 13 to 21. A quiz was organised today, in which Class IX students stood first.

At Government Model High School, Sector 20, a function was organised to motivate the students to accept Hindi as the national language. The winners of an essay writing competition were given prizes.

At Senior Quality Assurance Establishment (Electronics and Systems), functions to celebrate Hindi Week concluded yesterday. Prizes were given to winners of various contests during the week.

Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, today urged doctors to increase the usage of Hindi. He said the use of Hindi was more pertinent in hospitals as doctors had to deal directly with members of the public.


CONTEST: Hindi Divas was celebrated at HMT, Pinjore, on Tuesday. A quiz and a poetry recitation competition were organised. School students presented a cultural programme. Mr Ashok Malhota, General Manager, HMT, was the chief guest. — TNS


HINDI DIVAS: The Haryana Sahaitya Academy and MDSD Girls College, Ambala city, jointly organised a function to mark Hindi Divas here on Wednesday. A book of Puran Modgil, “Shabd ke Aath Kadam”, was released. The Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr R.P. Gupta, was the chief guest and the function was presided over by the Editor, Dainik Tribune, Mr Naresh Kaushal. The Chairman, Haryana Sahaitya Academy, Mr Chander Trikha, the Editor, Dainik Bhaskar (Chandigarh), Mr Girish Mishra, the Principal, Ms Kiran Angra, and Hindi scholars, Maitri Bhardwaj and Rajender Gautam, were present, among others. A kavi sammelan was also organised in which Subhash Rastogi, Giyana Prakash Vivek, Shiv Kumar Gautan, Madahv Kaushik and Pardeep Snehi recited poems. OC



Engineers’ Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The 37th Engineers’ Day was celebrated at Punjab Engineering College (PEC) here today to mark Sir M. Vivesvaraya’s birth anniversary. The theme of the function was ‘Engineers in environmental protection’.

Mr Balbir Singh, Chairman of the Institute of Engineers, highlighted the importance of Engineers’ Day and its central theme.

Dr Baljeet S. Kapoor, Director, PEC, was the chief guest. He spoke about the achievements and contribution of Sir M. Vivesvaraya in designing civil engineering structures.

He appealed to the Chairman of the Institution of Engineers and the head of the civil engineering wing at PEC to prepare a calendar of activities. The civil engineering faculty of PEC spoke on ‘Environmental impact assessment for infrastructure project’, ‘Urban transportation environment interaction’ and ‘Solid waste management’.



Results declared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The university will declare the re-evaluation result of BA/BSc.(General) second year examination held in April 2004 tomorrow. The copies of the result gazette will be available at main enquiry counter on the campus tomorrow from 2 p.m. onwards only for personal consultation by the candidates. Telephonic inquiries from any quarter, for ascertaining the examination result, shall not be attended to.



Good at play, bad in studies leaves a teenager depressed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
For nearly five months, 14-year-old Kiran Kumar Dogra, braved humiliation from his teachers at school. But last Wednesday, he could no longer take it. On reaching home, he locked himself inside a room.

Outside his mother and three elder sisters pleaded with him for almost half-an-hour, and then forced their entry into the room. It’s been seven days since Kiran went to school, and when he threatened to end his life. His parents are scared and do not let him out of their sight.

But Kiran was not always like this. A brilliant sportsperson, he has won various inter and intra school competitions in athletics, karate and football. A student of MRA Modern Public School, Sector 7, here. But he has never been good in academics. Kiran claims that he was often ridiculed by his teachers for being a “bad student”.

The school Principal, Mrs Usha Kapadia, has, however, denied that the child was humiliated by teachers.

“The trouble began after I complained to my parents about Mrs Kapadia, mathematics teacher Ms Kiran, and Science teacher Ms Seema Khosla. Two senior boys had tampered with a water cooler in the school in March this year. By chance, I reached near the cooler to have water. Without listening to me, the three teachers took me aside, and all three of them beat me. Later, my friend, too, said that I was not guilty, and only then was I let off. When I reached home, I told my parents what had happened and they later took the matter with the school authorities,” he says.

Kiran’s father, Mr J.S. Dogra, an employee of State Bank of India, alleges that when he took up the matter with the school authorities, the Principal used abusive language. “By the time, the final examination result was out. Kiran had failed in Mathematics. The school authorities offered to let him join Class IX, on the condition that if he failed to clear the first term examination, he would be reverted to Class VIII. I pleaded that we should not be made to spend money on buying books for Class IX and requested that if they wanted to revert him, I would rather have him repeat the class. “

Kiran started attending lectures for Class IX, though his attendance was being marked in Class VIII. “The teachers were upset with me for complaining about them to my parents, and my parents’ objection to physical punishment. For the next four and a half months, the Maths teacher would come in the class, and ask me to leave before she began the lecture. At times, she would allow me to remain inside the class, but make me sit on the floor “as punishment for making a complaint against them”. Since I was not allowed to attend mathematics class, I failed in the first term paper, and the Principal asked me to repeat Class VIII ,” says Kiran.

The principal has denied that Kiran was assaulted in school.” This is a cooked up story by the student. His parents had threatened to get back at us, when we reverted him to Class VIII. The child had failed in Class VIII final examination in mathematics and English, and even used unfair means in the examination. We had taken an undertaking from his parents that we would revert him, if he failed to pass the first term paper. We had given him an opportunity to improve, but he could not pass the examination,” she added.



Questions out of syllabus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Students of distance education course pursuing B.Sc (IT) from Punjab Technical University have lamented that the questions of 25 marks in the question paper of XML subject was out of syllabus. The questions were not from the syllabus given by the university. The students of the sixth semester have demanded grace marks for the out of syllabus questions.

The syllabus was “Introduction to .Net and XML” but the book provided by the university was “Web Warrior Series XML”. The students lamented that the format of the question paper was 80 per cent from .Net, which was not covered in the books. They said the university had been requested to change the date sheet due to delay in the receipt of books.



Flesh trade racket: judicial remand for suspects
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
Seven members of the flesh trade racket, busted by the police last evening, were today remanded to judicial custody by the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ajay Aggarwal.

Three girls, and four men Girish, Badal, Sanjay Sharma and Mani Ram were remanded in judicial custody, while the kingpins of the gang- Sanju and Chayya- were remanded in two day police custody.

The prosecution had sought police remand for the two women on the ground that they could lead them to two other members of the gang.

Another female member of the gang moved a bail application on medical grounds, and the court issued a notice to the police for tomorrow. Her counsel had pleaded that she had a major surgery two months back, and needed constant medical aid.

It may be noted that the gang was busted by the Security Branch, Sector 20, police and Anti Extremist Cell last evening. The police had sent a decoy customer, and after a deal was struck, they swooped down on the gang, huddled in a van, in Sector 20, and arrested 10 persons.



Modalities being worked out for use of red light
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 15
A Bench headed by Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar today gave time till October 6 to governments of Punjab and Haryana to decide on the issue of grant of permission for red light to the high and mighty.

During hearing in the writ regarding traffic rules violations, the Bench, which had summoned the top Home Department and police officials of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh was informed by the officials of Punjab and Haryana that high-level committees were being constituted to work out the modalities on the issue.

The Judges called the officers inside his chamber for the purpose. 



Freshers drenched in party spirit

TO welcome the new group of students, the budding designers of National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) organised a freshers’ party at City Club, Sector 8, today. The theme of the party was “Rain Dance Bash”.

The ambience for the rain dance was created by an innovative display of bright colours, rain drops, stripes and different types of umbrellas .

The students let their hair down, drenched themselves and danced to the tune of latest numbers. D.J. Bhanu who played mixture of trans, Latino, Punjabi besides the rain dance theme music kept the spirit of the party alive.

A contest was also organised to select the Mr and Ms Fresher. The contestants were required to walk and pose with props and music.

The title of Mr Fresher was won by Pouya, a student of B.Sc Interior Design and Ms Fresher title went to Komal, student of B.Sc fashion design. Navjot, a student of B.Sc, fashion design won the title of Mr Personality and Ms Personality title was won by Surbhi, a student of interior design. Puneet, a student of interior design got the Ms Beautiful smile title. OC



Bring home the glory of stained glass
Geetu Vaid

THE mention of stained glass brings to mind images of grand cathedrals or old havelis. The mesmerising play of light filtering through coloured glass has that old-world charm that still floors antique buffs. It has been associated with opulence and wealth the world over.

Over the past few years, stained glass has come back in interiors in a big way. Most of the work seen nowadays is the kind in which designs are painted on the glass. Apart from being used for windows and doors, items like lamp shades, wall pieces, lamps and screens are also available.

But there are very few artists in the city who make genuine stained-glass items, which involve joining pieces of coloured glass cut in different shapes to get the designs required. Namita, a city-based artist, has been creating stained-glass items using the Tiffany technique for the past several years.

Talking about this unique technique, she says it involves wrapping the edges of individual pieces of glass in a copper foil that has glass adhesive coating on the inside. These pieces are then joined through soldering. Lead-tin solder and copper combine to create a substance that is stable enough even for large objects. This technique is difficult and requires a lot of patience, the effect it creates is difficult to duplicate through the paint stuff, she says, and adds that some of the motifs can only be made using this technique. The designs have to be first meticulously traced. Then the glass is snapped either by hand or pliers and pieces are ground and pieced together before being wrapped with copper foil and soldered. Depending on the size and intricacy, it may take from seven days to even a month to finish one piece, she says.

The intensity and jewel-like brilliance of coloured glass windows was what lured this postgraduate in conservation of cultural property from Delhi University to this art form.

Talking about glass, she says it is of many types, transparent, rough or textured glass, called ripple glass. Antique glass is blown by mouth and is transparent and has brilliant and clear colours. Hand-rolled and machine-rolled glass types are also available. The beauty of a piece depends a lot on the choice of glass. Each type is used for creating a particular effect, like the ripple glass is used for making floral motifs. Flower petals and leaves made of ripple glass have an appearance of depth because of texturing but it is hard to work with.

The opalescent glass, which is slightly marbled and allows light to be distributed evenly over its surface, is ideal for making lampshades. It appears that the glass itself rather than the lamp is glowing, explains Namita.

However, the absence of quality coloured glass in India is one of the factors for such pieces being expensive. Most of the glass is imported from Germany, she says. Coloured glass is made by adding metal oxides to the molten mixture. The oxides cause the glass to allow light of certain wavelength to pass through it and produce the effect of colour, so coloured glass is in fact not “coloured” as it does not contain colour pigments. As compared to pictures, prints or posters, which reflect light, glass objects allow light to pass through them, which means that individual colours are not treated separately bur appear to blend together and overlap. Thickness and transparency also determine the character of the colour of glass.

So the next time you look at a delicate iridescent stained-glass item, think of all the creativity and labour that has gone into it, though for the artist it is labour of love. 



A powerful comment on decadence

S. Vasudev’s “Ek Aur Yudh” hardly seems its age. First created in the 1970s as fallout of the Indo-Pak conflict that resulted in the creation of Bangladesh, the play continues to be youthful, mirroring maladies that refuse to retreat with the passage of time.

Staged at Tagore Theatre as part of the National Drama Festival today, Hamidullah’s play develops as a socio-religious and political comment, voicing the urgency of change. Taking a dig at almost all systems that have contributed to the rot synonymous with contemporary India, the play seeks a renaissance.

The narration happens through the protagonist Asha, who becomes the symbol of an ailing nation. She is a victim of depression, fuelled by social and moral degeneration she witnesses all around her. The lump in her throat refuses to go, so much so that she seeks medical counsel from the psychologist, who attempts hard to get to the root cause.

As the pages of Asha’s diary unfold, her anguish begins to pour out. The story travels from one dimension of society to another, taking in its fold the gradual demise of all elements that define a civilised, progressive society. With each representation of social disintegration – be it the cruel people who pilferage funds meant for the destitute, the insensitive officers who seek returns for favours to war widows or the uncultured, uncouth representatives of people who desecrate institutions like democracy – everything reaches right across, creating the desired impact.

Strengthening the satire with perfectly measured doses of comedy, Vasudev bares the painful reality that remains blurred by the illusion of euphoria. As reality finally surfaces, repugnance sets in, paving way for frustration and finally for solution. The climax is reached when the psychologist, out to cure the protagonist, also succumbs to social maladies. He kills Asha, declaring that the conscious have no right to live.

Just before the curtains drop, he is consumed by the forces of decadence that typify modern-day India. As the play pricks the conscience, its message gets conveyed – “between action and vacillation, it is better to act.” TNS



“Physicality” as the tool for theatre
Aditi Tandon

Jaipur-based theatre director S. Vasudev was in the city to attend National Drama festival at Tagore Theatre.
Jaipur-based theatre director S. Vasudev was in the city to attend National Drama festival at Tagore Theatre. — A Tribune photo

S.Vasudev has no NSD label to flaunt. But he sure is in a class of his own, evolving the little known concept of “physicality”, first introduced to the world of theatre by a German dramatist Wolfron Neherring. In this realm, it is the body that matters more than the spoken word. The idea is to create dialogues at a human level, keeping embellishments of sets as much off the space of performance as possible.

In Chandigarh with his production of many years “Ek Aur Yudh”, Mao College alumnus spoke to The Tribune about the need to break free of rituals. His whole argument was built around a genuine desire — “Don’t trammel the enterprise of theatre with reason”. Known for his plain productions that cater more to the audience than to the creator himself, Vasudev is primarily a man of English theatre which he first encountered during his days at Mao.

“We would be expected to produce a play every Saturday and watch another one every Sunday. My exposure thus began earlier than expected. I took my passion into college and then university days where I was fortunate to be in the company of famed dramatists like J.M. Sequeira and Franseen Krishna, a Broadway actress married to a professor in Jaipur. I acted in many English plays. Then came a day where I cast away my desire to clear the IAS to gratify my passion to pursue theatre, said Vasudev who moved out of the university to form Abhisarika, his group in Jaipur.

Vasudev, however, minces no words while explaining his decision to choose theatre as a profession. “Because I came from a sound background, I could afford the luxury of theatre. Had I been hard pressed for money, I would have weighed my options.” As the journey began, Vasudev fell in love with the incongruence and the improbability of theatre. After a couple of English plays, he began working on Hindi plays — right from Vijay Tendulkar’s “Sakharam Binder to Nand Kishore Acharya’s “Kisi Aur ka Sapna.”

“The basic difference between English and Hindi plays lies in their structure. Whereas English plays are structurally strong, Hindi plays have to be evolved to suit presentation. Narration of socially relevant themes is the primary purpose of theatre and I use a lot of “physicality” to drive home this purpose,” says Vasudev who emphasizes body language as the best tool. Having in theatre long enough, Vasudev still does not forget the challenge which the classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” posed to him.

He recalls, “The central character Martha was so unmindful of her body, so uninhibited that it became difficult for me to make her acceptable to an Indian audience. That was the toughest of my productions.”

With 80 plays behind him, Vasudev has also earned acclaim for taking theatre to educational institutions in Jaipur. One of his group members Raju Kumar has dramatized the accountancy syllabus of the CBSE. Says the dramatist, “The project is successful and we are progressing fast towards dramatization of other subjects.”

For now, Vasudev is engaged in “Kisi Aur ka Sapna”. The production will take time to evolve as the director brings the script to the level of the audience. This caution is critical, lest the quintessential theatrical element of “comprehension” is lost in the maze of director’s intellectual musings. TNS



Graphic canvas of mind

RAJESH Chadha’s maiden exhibition of computer graphics is strong and impressive. Taking the physical and the metaphysical elements as the subjects for creative exploration, Chadha has created a delightful ensemble that stands apart for the strength of metaphors.

Footprints and birds recur in almost all works of art on display at Government Museum Art Gallery in Sector 10.

The choice of motifs is not incidental but conscious as the artist lays emphasis on the freedom of thought and expression. While footmarks reflect his quest for spiritual attainment, birds symbolize his flights of imagination.

Thematically the canvas is quite varied as the artist creates forms close to his heart for artistic appreciation. Where on the one hand stand representations of his urge to be one with God, on the other hand are works that reflect his indulgence in the physical self.

The dream bedroom, the blazing borders between two countries, the vibrant spaces of the mind and heart, the family united in pains and pleasures — all reflect Chadha’s association with matter.

On the whole, however, the mind seems to dominate matter as the artist creates his own representations of earth, heaven and the spaces in between the two.

The show titled “Stories in Graphic” is a bold attempt by Chadha to straddle both the spiritual and the physical world with ease.

In the process, he tries well to overcome the handicap of creating art on a computer. Creation is after all a matter of the mind, not of machine. No wonder the works come across as honest. TNS


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