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Punjab University employees hold rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The Panjab university Non-Teaching Employees Federation held a rally at the administrative block, panjab University, here today, to protest against the indifferent attitude of the authorities towards clearing appointments to be made on compassionate grounds.

The rally was addressed by presidents and secretaries of the various employees' unions. They condemned the "anti-employee" attitude of the authorities and asserted that appointments be made without further delay failing which the employees would intensify their struggle.

The rally went from the Administrative Block to the VC office and terminated after staging a dharna despite the heavy rains. The protest rally would be organised tomorrow as well.

Nominated: The Governor of Punjab has nominated Dr. Deepak Manmohan Singh, formerly Dean Languages and Chairman of Baba Farid Chair, Panjab University, as a member of the Punjab School Education Board for a term of two years. A communication to this effect has been received from the Office of the Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Education (Schools).

Lecture: Mr. Raj Joshi, Head, European and International Division, Crown Prosecution Service, U.K. will deliver a special Lecture on “U.K.’s experience of an independent Prosecution Service” in the Library Hall of the Department of Laws, P.U. on October 13.

Mr. Joshi is a former Chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers and former Vice-Chairman of the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board. He has made significant contributions to the amendment of the Race Relations Act and drafted the CPS submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee into police training and recruitment, has been a barrister since 1983 and a prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service for the last 18 years.

For the last three years Raj Joshi has run a very high profile Division focusing on cross-border crimes. Under his guidance, his Division has managed to influence policy and legislation on issues such as terrorism, human trafficking, joint investigation teams, the European arrest warrant and extradition. Mr. Joshi also created the UK liaison magistrate network. Posts were created in Paris, Madrid, Rome and Washington, the idea being to have a network of judicial contact points to combat international organized crime. 



Bail plea rejected
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 11
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.R. Chauhan, today rejected the bail application of two Health Department officials accused of embezzlement. The accused — Pramod Kumar, cashier, and Rajiv Kumar, clerk — had moved the court after they were booked by the police under Section 409 of the IPC last week.

The duo along with another employee of General Hospital here Rakesh Kumar, were accused of embezzlement of Rs 10 lakh from the hospital accounts. 



Strains of sitar sparkles at govt college 
Swarleen Kaur

Sitarist Prateek Chaudhury performs at Government College
Sitarist Prateek Chaudhury performs at Government College (co-educational), Sector 46,Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo

Rhythm is important in tabla

Tabla master Sandeep Dass said the biggest challenge in the classical music was that it cannot be rehearsed. “There is no fixed compositions. It depend on you how you anticipate your fellow artist on the stage. The most important thing is rhythm. He is a disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

He was also nominated for the Grammy awards this year for the album “The Rain” along with Sujat Khan, and Kahyan Kalhor of Iran.

The event was organised by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth, Chandigarh.

“Indian classical music can be an effective medium for contributing towards world peace”, said sitarist Prateek Chaudhury , who was in the city to perform at co-educational Government College, Sector 46,Chandigarh .

Students of the college were indeed lucky to imbibe and learn something about the strains of the sitar. Giving him able company on the tabla was Sandeep Dass.

As a son of world renowned sitar maestro , Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhury, Prateek knows his craft well. His sitar sparkles with virtuosity which comes with total sincerity .

A wonderful performance on sitar for at least two hours won many a hearts. Starting with filmi songs“Kiska hai tumko intezaar main hoon naa”,and then moving to “Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindgi” and “Pyaar hua chupke se” it did not took him long to strike a rapport with the audience

“Sitar is such a flexible instrument that you can play any kind of songs on it. I played filmi tunes so that I could arouse the interest of young students”, he said.

Then the twosome spread the splendour of “shuddh” ragas . But it was the “sawaal-jawaab” between the sitar and the tabla which charged the audience with the energy which was at once harnessing and harmonious. The session stirred the audiences as both the artists were at their best.

“The foundation of the classical music is so strong that no one could shake it. India is the only country which is so rich in music. But sadly the East is aping the West while the West is approaching the East”. He urged the youngsters to recognise and value our cultural heritage.”

“ Indian classical music is very intoxicating. You have to listen it patiently and attentively then only you can enjoy it”, he said.

His training began under the guidance of his father when he was just four and a-half-year old. Interestingly, he also had the big fortune to learn from his father’s guru guru, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan.

“How it feels when people say that his father has promoted him to in the same profession or see him a mere shadow of his father?

“A father promoting his child is very natural because he wants him to be the best. But a father cannot do much if the child doesn't have any talent. I have worked hard to create my own style” he said.

Prateek has been ranked as an A grade artist by All -India Radio and Doordarshan

With his innovative ideas, he has also experimented with fusion music in India and abroad.

Academically, he has excelled in each stage of higher education. He is a recipient of gold medal in MA (music) and also secured the first position in M. phil and Ph. D in music.

At present apart from performing, he is a lecturer in Delhi University.

Commenting on his teaching profession , he said “If you want to teach music to the students then you have to be very patient with them.”

He is very fond of watching movies. “But music is my life and I cannot imagine myself without it. Music is magical and it brings you closer to the God”, Prateek said with a conviction which is convincing



‘Painter Babu’ explores nuances of relationships

Everyone has his own way of looking at things and own philosophy of life. This theme was presented in a play, 'Painter Babu’, staged by the ‘Manch tantra’ group at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today which explores intricacies involved in relationships.

Twenty young artists have come together to form the manch. The play is inspired by R.K. Narayan’s novel ‘The painter of signs’. The story revolves around its main character, ‘Raghunath’( Ravi Yuvraj Panthi), who is a sign board painter.

In the opening scene of the play an advocate inaugurates his new office. The hustle and bustle of the occasion was depicted adequately. He looks for a sign board painter to paint his name.

Later, Raghunath falls in love with ‘ Daisy’ (Sukriti vadhera), who is running a population control campaign. As the play develops, it explores the difficulties in s the relationships.

Daisy is very practical girl and lives life according to her own philosophy. She gets married to Raghunath and get separated soon. Through the character of Raghunath, it is depicted that life is a continuous process.

With a comical element, The play leaves many questions unanswered and it forces the audiences to make his or her own guesses.

It can be seen clearly that young artists have enthused energy and enacted the play with passion. Ravi Yuvraj Panthi is especially impressive. All the characters have put their sincere efforts while portraying their scene.

The cast of the play included Manisha Pande, Rochak Kohli, Pradeep Sharma, Charandeep Kalra, Hardeep Singh Sethi, Anchal kaushal, Vikas Sharma, Aviral Gupta and Ashita Sondhi. OC



‘Tridhara’ enthralls audience

Noted tabla player, Fateh Singh Gangani, vocalist Rita Chatterjee and young sarangi player Murad Ali gave a wonderful performance at a music concert, ‘Tridhara’, organised at the Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium, Sector 35 today to mark the 92nd monthly Bhaithak of Pracheen kala Kendra.

The programme began with an invocatory piece, ‘ Pratham Vakra Tundam Cha, in praise of Lord Ganesha by Rita Chatterjee. She was accompanied by Fateh Singh on pakhawaj and Murad Ali on sarngi.

It was followed by the solo performance on pakhawaj by Fateh Singh. He is son of famous Kathak Guru Pandit Kundal Lal Gangani. He played uthaan, peshakar, kaida, rela, tode, tukre, paran chakradarparan with an ease.

Rita Chatterjee, in her vocal presentation, chose Raga Bageshwari. She presented compositions ‘Kaun gat bhayi’ and ‘hamri beir sayin aab’.

Murad Ali rendered sweetness in his solo performance and he presented Raga ‘ Puriya Kalyan’ on sarangi.

A Bhajan in Raag Bhairavi, set to keharva taal- ‘mein nahi mera nahi, ye tan hai kisi ka diya’ was the concluding item of the concert. OC



Delay in DTH launch disappoints residents

It is a case of being all dressed up, but nowhere to go for the common man as far as the Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast service by Doordarshan is concerned. After promising crystal clear pictures and digital quality sound through its direct-to-home broadcast service called “DD Direct+” last month, Doordarshan has failed to formally launch the service so far. This has disappointed and confused the DD viewers who have been flocking to the local dealers in satellite TV dish antennae for details to draw up plans for receiving the DTH service.

“We have been receiving up to 50 queries day about the dish antenna required for the DTH to be launched by Doordarshan”, says Mr Anil Kumar of Anil Electronics, located in what has come to be known as Chandigarh’s “electronics market” in Sector 18. “People are eager to instal dish TV antenna but are disappointed when they learn that no firm date has so far been announced for the launch of “DD Direct+” Although test transmission has already begun, people will like to wait for the formal launch of the service.

“They are also put off by the fact that DD has so far failed to rope in any major private TV broadcasters for its bouquet of 30 TV channels it has promised”, adds Mr Parvesh Bhandari of Venus Radios, another satellite dish TV antenna dealer. But he admits that there are a lot of queries by the people ever since the DTH service was announced by DD.

Till now, it was the DTH service by ZEE TV which was ruling the market. “We have been recording good sales ever since the launch of the DTH by Zee TV”, says Mr Raj Kumar of Raj Electronics. “But most of the customers hailed from the far-flung areas of Himachal Pradesh where cable TV network is not extensive and reception from terrestrial transmitters is rather tricky”.

However, the main attraction of the Zee TV is its bouquet of 100 channels, many of them enjoying very high viewing ratings. But it costs about Rs 7,000 plus monthly rentals.

“DD Direct+” on the other hand costs only Rs 3100 which covers the cost of the dish, set top box (STB) and installation charges but it beams only free to air channels of Doordarshan which in any case are available through terrestrial transmitters.

“We have also been receiving a large number of enquiries from the prospective viewers of ‘DD Direct+’ in Chandigarh as well as those from all over the region including Jammu, Shimla, Amritsar etc.” says Mr Gurbinder Singh, Station Engineer of the Chandigarh Doordarshan.

“In many cases, I myself have been helping people to finetune the reception through newly installed dish antennae. The Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association has also approached us for making a provision for DTH. It is clear there is a lot excitement among the people. But we are yet to hear about the exact date for the formal launch of the DTH service”.

According to reports here, the DTH service was first scheduled to launched by the Prime Minister on August 15. It was later put off to October 2 which also went without the formal launch. A third date is expected to be announced shortly. TNS


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