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Schoolchildren excel in Cyber Olympiad
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, here have done well in the fourth National Cyber Olympiad, organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation, recently.

School Principal, S. Sardana, said that of the five categories in which the children participated, the school has won first position in three categories and second position in four categories. He informed that Sunil Lamba of Class VII has won the first position in Panchkula and also in Haryana, with a score of 99. 74 per cent, while Niketa Sharma of Class IX has won the first position in Panchkula and second in the state, with a score of 99. 56 per cent.

In another category, Mehak Satija, has won first position in Panchkula with a score of 99. 42 per cent. Other than this, Divya Dawar, Ayuishi Jain, Arun Goyal and Prince Pahwa have won second position in Panchkula district . 



Annual function of Gurukul held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
The Gurukul held its Annual Function today. noted child actor, Tanvi Uday Hedge alias ‘Frootie’ of the ‘Son Pari’ fame, was the chief guest on the occasion.

This special guest was chosen keeping in view that it was the children’s show. The function started on a traditional note with tikka ceremony of the guest and ‘Deep Prajavallan’ (Diya lighting) by her. Tanvi also released the fourth edition of the school’s in house news letter ‘The Gurukul Express’ on the occasion. This was followed by prize Distribution al where Gurukulites were honoured in different fields.

A light and sound show and dance and song performances by the children were a visual treat. The programme was compered by two students of class-II Arzoo and Bharat, accompanied by Ms Nidhi Khandojaa ,a pre-primary teacher of the school. A puppet dance drama and a ‘Fusion Dance’ on the song ‘Om Namah Shivai’, by students of the evening school ‘Sankalp’ for underprivileged children, touched everyone’s hearts. The finale of the function saw a fireworks.



Court orders auction of HUDA property
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
A court here has ordered for the auction of HUDA property in Sector 8 on December 3. Instructions were issued by Additional District and sessions Judge, J.R. Chouhan, on a petition filed by land owner, Gurdev Singh, whose land was acquired by HUDA, while the sector was being planned.

This commercial property, which houses the office of an Executive Engineer (XeN) and Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of HUDA was earlier attached on the instructions of the court.

Officials in HUDA say that due to laxity on part of the Land Acquisition Office (LAO), incidents of attachment of HUDA property have been common. The LAO acquires the land and hands it cover to HUDA for the development of a sector. When the LAO failed to make payments to landowners for various reasons, the latter have been moving the court.



Dirty dance numbers scarring sensitivity
Swarleen Kaur

Dance is the rhythm of life. Imbued by festivities many times we break into a spontaneous dance. But besides the expression of emotions, dance in India is much more. It is the vital vehicle for vibrant energies which can manifest in many forms.

But it is sad to see that dirty dancing numbers are the most happening source of entertainment for the present generation these days.

In the garb of dance, semi-clad girls gyrate and shake pelvics. Sexy and attractive they have successfully cast a hypnotic spell on the youngsters. Unleashing a unhealthy trend, it is causing immense harm to the young minds. It is hard to find a film without an item number these days. Sometimes it has little relevance to storyline.

What they called enjoyment or entertainment is a subtle assault on the sensibilities. A culture which instead of redefining and refining us lands us towards sultry images, and scars our sensitivity should be abhorred.

Many of them remain unaware of the grace of the classical unbending in its vitalities which could have become a vehicle for them to peep into the art which has not paled with time. Hooked to these item numbers and video remixes, they remain unaware of riches inherent in Indian roots.

Celebration for this generation has come to mean shaking on the latest remixes. Displaying the beautiful body is the trend. But administering it as a part of the dance movement is not sanity.

In item numbers, all attention is focused on the body. Giving a push towards titillation and desires, these are colourful cover-ups for sexuality. The youth cannot be blamed for the superficial culture that is currently evolving. Had they been exposed to the joys derived from paying a careful heed to the classical dance and music they would not have succumbed to the song-expose culture.

The fragrance of the classical reached out to common masses in films like V Shantarams “Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1955 in which Sandhya starred with kathak exponent Gopi Krishna for a choreographic odyssey and S.S. Vasans’ Chandralekha’.

The rich repertoire of dance was further unveiled by the Hindi cinema in 1960 with movies like “Guide, Amrapali and Subodh Mukherjee’s ‘Abhinetri’ which unveiled the skills of trained dancer-actresses like Waheeda Rehman,Vyjayanthimala.

They were certainly dancers with a difference. They danced for a living but they didn’t cash in on baser instinct latent in the man. Their entertainment was meaningful and was for a genre. The female form can exude grace, vitality with delicately balanced subtle body movements — they proved. They had won admirers not because they titillated but through them resonated the vibes of classical — in evergreen and everlasting in its appeal.

Titillation and mental excitement is not the purpose of any danceform. A true dance form like Kathak, Bharatnatyamm, Kuchipudi beckons us to explore the higher realms through the unison rhythm of the mind and the body.

It enjoins us to refine our senses and make it more receptive. While these dances emphasise deriving pleasure through the physical plane.

The popularity of these dance remixes speaks volumes of degeneration in tastes. The young generation are not cultivating the will to create positive dance culture. Obviously to appreciate the finer nuances of dance requires a certain amount of training and keenness. while getting lost in the counts of sexy item numbers is comparatively easy.

Born as an expression of abundance of happiness, classical dance is ruled by intellect while folk dances are impulsive and spontaneous joy. Of all, the classical dance forms, kathak is most lifelike and natural. There is no unnatural positions of limbs and exaggerated movement of hips. The movements and gestures are drawn from everyday life. The spectator can identify with the emotions expressed by the dancer, despite certain abstraction.

Negative emotions disappear with classical, says Shobha Koser

Shobha Koser, city-based Kathak dancer, has enthralled the audiences at home and abroad with her passionate performance. She talks about how dance has cast a mystical influence on her life.

Shobha says if I don’t do riyaaz then I feel something important is missing in my life. At middle age I have everything in my life still It is only dance which gives me a sense of fulfilment and peace.

These days the quality of devotion is becoming a rarity. An equation of harmony and trust between the guru and the shishya is essential. It is out of this trust and surrender that art is formed mand enriched.

She said once my Guru ji was teaching me some lines and his voice wavered for a minute. Later when I alone in my room doing riyaz remembering those quivering lips of Guruji, I laughed You won’t believe me all doors of my house stared shaking This lasted for a minute. Then I realised that it happened because I had insulted my guru. I felt remorseful and begged sorry many times.

It can help you in many other ways. When I have fight with someone or harbour bad feelings then I just shut myself in my room and dance for hours. Then negative emotions disappears gradually. You can feel the fresh energy taking you to the higher direction.



Synchronising ‘Fire N Ice’

City-based music band ‘Fire N Ice’ performed at CII fair in Sector 17, Monday. Bass guitarist Harry, lead guitarist Ondry, drummer Bobby and Paulus on keyboard set the mood for the evening with their synchronous energy.

Childhood friends, they decided to make a living out of their childhood passion. They sang English pop, including Enrique’s album “Addicted” and “Hero” and Shaggy’s “Angel” and “Sexy lady”.

Hindi remixes of Bombay Vikings “Woh chali” and “Jaanu” were also appreciated by the audience. But it was the hit Punjabi numbers of Sukhbir, Jassi and others which charged them.

They are into music from the childhood. Paulus’s father, who is a musician, taught them the basic technicalities of music. Without any formal training in the music, they are growing by their experience. Private parties give them ample chance to hone their skill.

They have mainly performed in the north and are keen to expand their base by performing at metropolitans.

The city is not offering them much opportunities to grow and they plan to shift to Delhi. They are also teaching music to children in many schools, including, Mount Carmel, Tender Heart and Euro Kids.

They are all set to actualise their dream — an Indi pop album. The lyrics are ready. “ It will be fusion of the East and the West. We are following the trend”, Paulus said. All they are looking for is a sponsorship. “Ae yaaro zindgi mein tum kabhi naa haaro’ goes one of the song from their album and they strongly believe in it. OC



Take precautions, enjoy Divali
Neelam Sharma

Eight-year-old Armaan Singh was trying to light a rocket on last Divali. The rocket did not burst for a few minutes, which made Armaan examine its fault by leaning over. The cracker then bursted in his face and damaged his eyes completely. Even his hair were lost and skin was burnt. It has now taken a year of medication and series of surgeries and an expenditure of more than Rs 30,000 to correct his vision and nullify the affect of the cracker.

“After last year’s incident, I will only say that everyone should make sure that their children do not go near the cracker at all. And without the supervision of the parents, playing with any cracker and rockets is a big no in my house,” says Kirpal Singh, Armaan’s father, who is a Sub Inspector in the crime branch, here.

With the city enthusiastically preparing itself to celebrate the festival of lights, the doctors recommend that residents must take precautions and adequate care as crackers can do a lot of damage, if not handled properly.

“It has been observed that many a times the quality of the crackers sold in the market is not of very good. That is why a lot of time is taken in its bursting after it is lighted. Many children go closer to the crackers to examine what’s wrong, and that is where they go wrong as the cracker bursts in their face,” says Dr Rajan Chugh, an eye specialist.

The sudden bursting of crackers can damage eyes, cause burns on skin and in extreme cases can affect the eardrums, if the explosion is very loud. “Many children wrap the crackers in a paper and light it in an enclosed corner to produce maximum sound affect. It should be completely avoided,” said the doctor.

“Crackers damage the eyes as its powder goes in the eyes and cause irritation and pain. The affected person in that case should not rub or splash water in his eyes. If crackers have busted first in the face, the skin can be badly damaged and the hair and eyelids can be completely burnt. The child should be immediately taken to the doctor,” said a doctor of GH-16.

* Do not lean over the cracker till it bursts; the poor quality crackers generally take longer to burst.

* Do not rub eyes, cracker powder goes in the eyes; do not splash water also.

*Apply ointment in case the skin burns.

* Supervision of parents is must while children play with crackers. TNS



Fresh theme, poor execution

A play “Ek Raah Manzil ki aor”, was staged at Tagore Theatre on Monday. The play gave the message that modelling is a creative profession and it is not mere glamour or skin show. It tried to dispel the notion that modelling is all about wearing skimpy clothes and therefore not a good profession.

Though the theme of the play was very fresh but it lacked quality in execution. Certain shortcomings could have been removed with proper guidance.

The play was organised by Kreations and members of this organisation portrayed the characters of the play. Harsh, Manpreet, Bhawna, Vinay, Rani, Gaurav, Saurabh, Prerna, Rajan, Summet and Neha acted in the play. — OC



At 12 ‘Frootie’ is a seasoned actress
Ruchika M. Khanna

Tanvi’s favourite list

  • My favourite serial — Son Pari.
  • My favourite actor — Salman Khan
  • My favourite actress — Of course, me.
  • I unwind — During vacation time, by going off to relatives in Goa, or on a vacation with family.
  • My friends — Prajakta, Neha and my cousin Vidula, because they accept me the way I am.
  • My hobbies — Playing football and reading Enid Blyton books
  • My ambition — Is not to be an actress, but a camera woman or a director. Acting is a passion, but only for the time being. 

A 12-year-old, Tanvi Hegde, famous as Frootie, the character she plays in popular children’s serial “Son Pari”, is a seasoned actress, adept at handling all the adulation and her celebrity status.

In Panchkula as the chief guest for the annual day function of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Tanvi was at her cherubic best. She waved at children, shook hands with her toddler fans, and smiled as she posed with them for photographs. Dressed in bright orange salwar kameez, Tanvi made it a point not to disappoint any of her fans, even if it meant waving at children standing outside the window, while she deftly handled the questions asked to her by the journos.

Being a celebrity comes naturally to the young actor — after all she has been facing the arc lights since the time she was three-year-old. “Being an actor was a matter of chance. My father’s friend, famous photographer, Harish Daftari, had come home and after having one look at me insisted on a photo shoot. After taking my photographs, he himself sent my pictures to various advertisement agencies and television production houses. The first advertisement that I shot for was for a leading national daily and since then there has been no looking back,” she says.

Tanvi, has featured in more than 150 advertisements, besides acting in television serials like “Captain House”, and “Yeh Hain Mere Apne”. She has the rare distinction of having featured in advertisements for three rival tooth paste companies — Promise, Colgate and Pepsodent. She has acted in films like “Champion“, “Rahul”, “Pita” and “Gaja Gamini”, and is now all set to act with Amitabh Bachchan in a “Viruddh”, and star with Shahid Kapoor in another film, “Life Ho To Aisi”.

But how does she handle her celebrity status, we ask. “I love the admiration and the attention that I get. Though I had featured in several ads and done serials, but the success of ”Son Pari” has earned me fans all over the country. Its a great feeling when children walk up to me and talk to me as Frootie.”

Though Tanvi is busy shooting for 10 to 12 days a month, she is doing well academically. She was recently awarded Maharshtra’s Best Student Award by the Kanak Pratishtha for her all-round achievements in school. A student of Class VIII in King George School, Dadar, Mumbai, Tanvi says that her friends and teachers help her catch up with lessons while she is away from school. Does that mean she gets a preferential treatment in school? “Not at all. Like other children, I have to give application in school explaining the reason for absence. I am also pulled up by my teachers for any laxity in work.”

Her mother, Ms. Shobhana Hegde, who is also a teacher in King George School, says that at home they ensure that she remains disciplined. — TNS




Dhrupad exponent Dagar casts a spell

Dhrupad gayaki’s exponent Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar gave a classical performance at the Central Library auditorium in Patiala on Friday.

The Ustad, who heads the Dhrupad Kendra set up by the Madhya Pradesh Government, was here for a cultural programme organised jointly by the Patiala Heritage Society and the State Bank of Patiala.

Several forms of Dhrupad gayaki were presented by the Ustad. It was appreciated by the audience.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin, who was accompanied by Bahauddin Dagar, enthralled the audience with renditions of Dhrupad- Hindustani classical music. Sunita, who played the sitar and Sanjina Agle, who handled the ‘pakhwas’ were graceful in their performances.

Mr A.K. Dass, MD of SBOP, Maj-Gen Pradeeep Khanna, GOC, First Armoured Division and DC Tejveer Singh who is also the Secretary of the Patiala Heritage Society, were present on occasion. OC



Teaching drama to tiny tots

It is a different experience for Jane Bozinovski, a 23-year-old student of English literature at Macedonia University, who is on a four-month assignment to teach English and drama at Dikshant International School, Zirakpur.

He said he was here under an exchange programme of AISEC. Used to formal education in Macedonia, interacting with tiny tots was a difficult task.

Also working as a part-time teacher, he said it was time for him to develop a bond with his pupils.

He is training the children for a play, “Fantastic Mr Fox”. The play would be staged in the school on November 20.

He said the Indian system of education had its own merits and demerits.

He said he had chosen to travel to India to know about the system of education and how he could benefit from it. TNS



Banks, boards observe awareness week

Various banks, boards and corporations are observing vigilance awareness week from November 1. The Central Bank of India will hold customer education programmes through which complaint handling policy of the bank, various avenues for redress of complaints and initiatives taken for the improvement in systems/procedures will be explained.

The Zonal Manager, Mr J.L. Tuli, appealed to all members of the Chandigarh zone to build the bank as a value-driven organisation.

Members of Punjab National Bank (North zone) pledged to strive to bring about transparency.

The Regional Office of the FCI, Haryana, is also observing the week. The Regional Manager, Mr T.C. Gupta, after administering the pledge informed the employees about the initiatives taken by the Haryana region.

The corporation has, in consultation with the CBI, prepared a list of five employees who have been put in the “agreed list” for 2004 and whose activities will be watched minutely. Besides this, a list of 54 employees has been prepared who have been placed on the list of doubtful integrity. These officials will not be posted on sensitive seats and their conduct shall be monitored, a press note said.

Meanwhile, the NFL, as part of the weeklong celebrations, will be organising debates, essays and slogan-writing competitions in this regard. TNS



Dance contest from November 6

The India International Centre for Arts ( IICA) in collaboration with the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akedemi, Chandigarh will organise all India Gyan Vadan and Nritya Pratiyogita from November 6. It will be held at Punjab Kala Bhavan, sector 16 The IICA which promotes Art, literature and culture, also sponsors seminars, conferences at national as well as international level.

Recently, the Centre organised performances of Indian classical music and Indian Folk dances at Tagore Theatre in collaboration with the Department of Cultural affairs, Haryana. OC


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