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Schools celebrate Christmas
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, December 17
Students of Kids R Kids School celebrated Christmas by holding a Christmas morning programme on the school premises here today.

Students of classes IV and V enacted carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’, depicting the true feelings behind Christmas. This was followed by the story of the birth of Christ. Soulful carols were sung with cheer and Santa Claus was given a warm welcome to the tinkling sound of jingle bells.

Carmel Convent School: A morning of Christmas carols was organised at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, here today in which various schools, including St John’s, St Anne’s, St Mary’s, and Sacred Heart School along with the host school rendered popular carols. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of Carmel Convent School encouraged the children to speak the language of love.

As a grand finale, all participants spread the message of love and cheer by singing ‘Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer.’

St Stephen’s: The Chandigarh branch of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association celebrated their Christmas tree function for children in St Stephan’s Preparatory School here today. The festivities included games and refreshments for the children and Santa Claus distributed gifts among the participating children.

Delhi Public School: Class I students of Delhi Public School here celebrated Christmas festival by enacting the scene of the birth of Jesus Christ today. The children made stockings, candles stands, Christmas wreaths, Santa hand-puppets, reindeer hats for decoration. The children danced to the jingle bells and enjoyed Christmas cake. A fancy dress competition was also held.


Doon International School: Christmas festivities were organised at Doon International School here yesterday. A huge X-mas tree was adorned with gifts and the stable of Christ’s birth re-created enchantingly at the entrance of the school building. Santa Claus and a snowman welcomed special guests for the occasion. Less privileged children from colonies were called to the school to join in the festivities.

Students enacted a skit depicting the maternity scene. Melodious jingles and Christmas carols sung by the school choir filled the air and a foot tapping dance performance fascinated spectators. A special feature of the celebrations was a prayer assembly held by pastor P. Stalyen and his group that also enacted a skit on the birth of Christ. Clothes and gifts collected by the school students were given to poor children, who took great delight in watching the entire show.

Finally, the little guests attended the parties held in each class by the students and shared the goodies.



Complainant in Munjal case wants to withdraw
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 17
Archit Goyal, complainant in the matter pertaining to Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Chairman C.M. Munjal, has informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that since he “is not directly aware of the factual position”, it would not be possible for him to furnish any further assistance to the court.

Archit, it may be remembered, had written a letter to various offices, including the High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, High Court Registrar and Punjab Advocate-General and others, stating therein that while no hearing had been held on the pre-arrest bail plea of an accused, the law officer handling the brief had informed the police that the arrest had been stayed.

In his letter dated November 22, Archit pointed out that since the hearing was not held, there couldn’t have been any order.

After receiving the letter, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar clarified that neither the case was taken up for hearing, nor any such oral order passed. He also clarified that his court “does not follow any practice of issuing any oral order of staying arrest”.

The Judge also directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Abohar to take into custody the police file along with the note and submit it in the Court. He also directed Mr Munjal to be present in the court on the next date of hearing to explain his conduct.

Later, Mr Munjal tendered his unconditional apology to the Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy. Mr Munjal claimed that the note was the result of a clear misunderstanding about the proceedings in the court.

Yesterday, Archit’s counsel told the Court that he wanted to withdraw the complaint.

However, the Bench observed that even after withdrawal of the complaint, it could take suo motu action against the complainant for misleading the court, if found guilty.

Today, the case was adjourned to January 3.



Energy reigns at Shiamak’s show

ENERGY was the king at Shiamak Davar’s winter funk show held at Tagore Theatre in collaboration with the Durga Das Foundation on Friday. Holding the audience captive for well over an hour were the budding as well as trained dancers seeking instruction under the aegis of Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA).

An annual feature, the winter funk marked the end of a month-long workshop which SDIPA’s senior instructors held in Chandigarh. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Durga Das Foundation. The hallmark of the show was its level of animation. That the presentations were more than arresting was proved when a toddler made his way up to the stage and started shaking a leg with Shiamak’s students dancing on Raghav’s “Can’t get enough.” Energized and charged up for the sequences, the young and old dancers spilled sheer magic on stage, bringing to life every song that they chose to dance upon. Confident and in control, even students as young as four to six years cast a spell on the audience which was more receptive that Shiamak Davar could have ever expected.

The ace dancer who runs various schools all over India was very much present to inspire his students with action. Living by his motto, “Have feet, will dance”, he ensured that even mothers shed their inhibition for the love of dance. Among the dancers, therefore were middle-aged women who gave the youngsters a run for their money. They danced with loads of grace and grandeur as did the youngest participants who proved to be the real scene stealers.

The numbers were well chosen as they were loaded with rhythms best suited for dance. Among some extremely impressive sequences were “Can’t get enough …”, “Ishq jaise hai ek aandhi”, “Aisa hai koi dilwala re” and “Turn me on”.

Towards the end, Shiamak presented awards to the best dancers of the winter funk show. Highly interactive, the award ceremony became a virtual family affair with the dancer inviting wards of winners to hand over the prizes. TNS



Christmas colour catching on
Swarleen Kaur

Jingle bells and Santa Claus are the flavour of the season.
Jingle bells and Santa Claus are the flavour of the season. — Photos Parvesh Chauhan

A meaningful gift which conveys one’s sincere warmth may not be easy to find but if one searches it with earnest efforts, it pay. The market this year is offering huge variety to suit varied tastes of consumers who are alive to aesthetics and are willing to nurture their relationships whatever be the price.

Christmas is much more than celebrating with candles and cakes. It is also about leaving the bitter past behind and move on with the flow of life. Though the festive spirit is yet to catch on residents have already started looking for gifts and souvenirs to make their Christmas special.

The colour of Christmas is never perfect without a Santa Claus in his shiny red dress and a loveable cap. Santa is also available in different sizes. Buy an unforgettable eight-feet -tall Santa in Rs 3500. Musical Santa Claus which wishes Merry Christmas and sings “ jingle bell jingle bell “ are perfect for the kids and are the best substitute for “monster” Pokemon. These are economical too.

Surprise your children by gifting them dresses of the Santa. These are available in all sizes and includes Santa caps and socks .. Certain kind of caps are “enlightening” in the sense that these have lights in them. The range starts from Rs 65.

Christmas trees are must if you want to create a true festive ambience. One can get it many sizes and the highest one is eight -feet tall. Decorated with bells and lights these are sure to rekindle the romance of bygone era.

Make your Christmas evening fragrant with the scented candles. There is huge variety in candles in the market. Available in different shapes and designs it can add extra zing. There are gel candles. Bells available in silver and golden colour can add the much-envied tinkle in the festivities. Go for a huge bell priced at Rs 800 for an emphatic impact. One can get bunches of bells at the same price. Abishek, owner, a gift shop in Sector 11 said,” This time people are buying musical Santa Claus and decorative pieces. But they don’t forget to attach a greeting card with it. There is also demand for scented candles, especially a boxful of candles.

There are wreaths also which are holy. One can place on the door or the dining table. These are available in Rs 200 to Rs 400. Mistletoe are also sought after by the devout. So include some of these to make your Christmas.



French singing contest held

THE Department of French, Panjab University, organised a French singing competition on Friday. As many as 10 intrusive students vied for the laurels. Barring a patriotic song, 'La Deserteur', imbued with a rational revolting sentiment opposing war, by Vikram, all competitors chose love songs for participation.

Though the students attempted to bring alive the emotions weaved in the soulful lyrics, the lack of 'riyaz', basic necessity of refined 'vocal culture', proved a hurdle. However, Rarry, with a Canadian singer's masterpiece, 'Je chanterai', scored the best. Bharat and Vandana were bracketed for the second slot while the third place was bagged by Vikram.

Undeniably, the best rendition of two French songs, 'Petit and A Toi', came from Mayank Anand, a guest appearance and former student and lecturer at Punjabi University, Patiala.

The panel of judges included Dr Bruno Palsse, Director, Alliance Francaise, Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma (Music) and Dr Ceeilia Anthony, Chairperson, Department of French, Panjab University. OC


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