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Folk dances mark school function
Tribune News Service

Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, participate in a fancy dress show at annual function of the school on Sunday
Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, participate in a fancy dress show at annual function of the school on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, January 9
Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, celebrated their annual function on the school premises today.
The celebrations began with the students of primary class presenting ‘Natti’. Students of middle and higher classes presented dandia, gidha and bhangra. The children also participated in a fancy dress show.

Three students, Ganga Bahadur, Gautam and Dinesh, presented a skit on environment. Mr. Justice A.L. Bahri was the chief guest and Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of DAV Senior School, Sector 8, inaugurated the function. Mr V.P. Paul, Principal of CL DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 11, presided over the function.

Mr Justice Bahri called upon the students to serve the country. He emphasised the need to preserve Indian culture. Mr Talwar appreciated the school for all-around development of the students. The school Principal, Mr Vinod Kumar, welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the achievements of the school in various fields.

Mr Justice Bahri and Mr Talwar gave away mementos and medals along with certificates to the students who had won various academic and sports competitions.

Mr Raghunath Rai Arya, Secretary of Arya Samaj - 7, Mr Ishwar Hinduja, Mr Devinder Bainjwal, Mr Ashok Arya, Mr Ram Pal Sharma, Mr Sarup Singh and Mr Harish Sharma were also present. 



Students enact plays
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
A two-day cultural programme, Indra Dhanush 2005, marking the 44th annual day celebrations of Tagore Niketan College for Girls, Sector 27, and Tagore Niketan College, Mani Majra, concluded at Tagore Theatre here today.

The Students Welfare Association of the college presented a programme involving dance, drama and music.

Students of the two colleges presented a play, ‘Kajarivan’, based on the lives of migrant labourers. A play, ‘Sri Farhad’, was enacted yesterday. Punjabi songs, dance items and ghazals were also presented.

Deepti and Dewan of BA-I won running trophy for cultural activities. 



‘Talent Hungama’ held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Talent Hunt Hungama’ was presented by students of Prince Model School at the school site near the Government Creche, Sector 47. An exhibition displaying things based on art and craft was also held here. Mr Harinder Pal Singh, former President of the Mohali Municipal Council, inaugurated the fete.

The principal of the school, Namrata Kumari said the main idea behind the event was to enhance the self-confidence of students. 



7 IT students selected for Dell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Dell, an IT company, has selected seven students of final year of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology.
Mr M.L.Gambhir, Director of the institute, said the company conducted a placement test and interviews for final year students of various engineering colleges of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. The students who have been selected are Abhishek Kapoor, Paras Bhatia, Sandeep Rana, Ekta Kapoor, Gurpreet Kaur, Neha Batta and Neha Ummat he added.



Tales of bonds continue
Pak journalist traces his village in Naraingarh 
Geetu Vaid

Mueen Ahmad
Mueen Ahmad

Aslam Dogar
Aslam Dogar

They may have been born and brought up on the other side of the border but quite a few of the Pakistani journalists who had come to attend the Panj Darya Media Conference in Chandigarh, were not strangers to India. They had heard a lot about the villages and towns in Punjab from their parents who had migrated to Pakistan after the Partition. So while some carried the stories of Amritsar others asked about Ludhiana, Dagshai and other places. They also carried a desire to see the land of their forefathers.

While one of them met the patwari of his parents’ village Modha, near Attari, right on the Wagah border as soon as he crossed over to India, for Aslam Dogar, Chief Reporter, Associated Press of Pakistan, actually traced his village after a couple of days.

Mueen Ahmad from The News, Lahore, is also on a quest to find the house in Dagshai where his mother had spent the first nine years of her life. His grandfather used to supply goods to Britishers in Shimla and she had told him about the snowfall and how it was removed from in front of the house.

“It was an emotional experience for me as since my childhood I had heard about this Panjlasa village in Naraingarh tehsil from my father”, said Aslam while sharing his experience with The Tribune.

His father was 10-11 years old when he migrated to Pakistan after the Partition but memories of his house were so deeply etched in his memory that he transferred those to his children.

Though he had always wanted to see his ancestral village, while embarking on this journey to attend the media conference organised by the Chandigarh Press Club, Aslam had no idea whether he would actually get to visit it. A casual mention to one of the members of the press club led to his search for his village. Armed with the name of just one person, Ruliya, who was working for his grandfather, Mohammad Yusuf, he embarked on a journey to trace his roots.

“I was not hoping to find much as a lot of time had passed but it was a great surprise when I found Ruliya in the village”.

The 80-year-old who is hard of hearing and also had poor memory was very emotional to see the progeny of a boy he had served. He embraced him and even tried to lift him. The love reflected the strength of old ties and the bonds of love that no political divide can sour.

“His show of affection left me speechless,” said Aslam.

“My grandfather was a landlord and his two brothers were doctors. One of them had a dispensary in the village which was not there now as a house had been constructed on the site. The old well in his grandfathers house was there but was filled up and even the havelis were no longer there but I managed to find the locations where his forefathers once lived”.

Another surprise for Aslam was when he heard residents of the village speak the familiar Pothohari dialect which is spoken in Rawalpindi where he has been working for the last 10 years. He found out that the village has a large number of migrants who had come from Rawalpindi.

Aslam was overwhelmed with emotions and registered the scene in his moist eyes to tell the tale to another generation of his family. Thus the tales of bonds between people of the two countries continue! 



In the league of ghazal masters
Aditi Tandon

Raj Kumar Rizvi exudes a familiar old world charm — the one that brings back many memories of his mentor Mehndi Hassan and of course his own repertoire rich with classic ghazals. The one that instantly comes to mind is his all-time hit, “Shaakh se toot ke girne ki saza do mujhko, ek patta hi to hoon kyun na hawa do mujhko…”

Many more reminiscences of Rizvi’s musical finesse surface as one exchanges notes with him and his singer daughter Runa Rizvi, who is straddling more worlds than her father. She has just sung for the Rajshri film “Uff kya jaadu mohabbat hai” along with Kunal Ganjawala who added class to the chartbuster “Murder” song “Bheege honth tere.”

Films apart, the conversation strictly builds around ghazals, a genre that owes much to Rizvi and his unadulterated style of rendition which he has imbibed from Mehndi Hasan. Famed for the classicist dimensions he has added to the form, Rizvi has sung almost all celebrated poets of the past and present times.

From Ghalib and Mir to Faraz, Shafai and Sardar Anjum, the singer has struck gold with all ghazals. CDs of his musical works, especially the one that he recently dedicated to Ahmad Faraz and others titled “Ehsaas” and “Aaina-e-Zindagi” are breaking records as ever.

Says Rizvi, “Aaina-e-Zindagi is a collection of Arun Singh Makhmool’s lyrics which I have set to music. I am fond of singing budding lyricists and poets. They have a new world vision which I enjoy casting into musical moulds. I am also planning a CD on Meera bhajans and another one with my daughter Runa.”

Also a sitarist, Rizvi traces his roots to Mandava, which also happens to be the place of Mehndi Hasan’s belonging. Coming from the same musical tradition — Kalawant — as Hasan, Rizvi began learning the nuances of classical music from his father Noor Mohd Rizvi before finally seeking the tutelage of Mehndi Hassan.

Says the singer who arrived at the Sector 34 residence of Mr Chandraskekhar, ADGP, Internal Security, Punjab, today, “I loved Mehndi Hassan’s dedication to ragas and his sensitivity to the written word. He always chose his raga to suit the romance of poetry. If the tone of the ghazal was serious and melancholy, he imbued his music with the same seriousness and vice versa. I have tried to honour my tutelage through my musical pursuit.” Here to present a concert at Landran tomorrow, Rizvi has also had the credit of singing alongside Mehndi Hassan both abroad and at Karachi in Pakistan. Still in touch, he tells the ghazal maestro is not keeping well these days.

For his part, he is trying to carry forward the legacy of Mehndi Hassan. Convinced that ghazal singers in India would never fall short of lyrics, Rizvi said, “I have sung many poets especially the vibrant and unpredictable Sardar Anjum whose ghazal “Samandar banke jee phir dekh jeene ka maza kya hai” I especially love. Another upcoming poet is Tahir Faraz from Rampur. There are many others with immense substance.”

Much of Rizvi’s style is now being propagated by his disciples across the world. He runs schools in the USA as well as Canada to promote ghazals. TNS


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