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On a mission to make people read books
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 20
S.S. Dosanjh, columnist, and former head, Department of Journalism, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is on a mission — closer to literature so that they learn to ponder and introspect. How much fruitful his endeavour is yet to be known but he has a desire to make a difference in peoples mindset.

The reading habit has not vanished totally. People are interested in reading books but only a few of them go to market for buying as they find it costly. It is true that the price factor is not considered while buying a bottle of liquor here in the region while buying a book cost becomes prohibitive.

In fact, Dosanjh feels that a good book can prove more helpful and can help change orientation towards the life, making it more productive but people simply put off buying the book because of price. So he planned to start a “reading campaign”. The idea sounds unique and its method of working is equally interesting

‘I just put up an exhibition and tell people to pick books of their choice.On their part, they can drop any amount they are willing to part with in a box. They need not worry whether the money they have given equals the cost price of the book which they have chosen. Neither has he ever asked a person that how many rupees he has put in the box. The most important thing for him is that the books should bring a qualitaive change in them.

When he started his reading campaign with Rs 1 lakh he was all alone. But now many are getting motivated by his noble idea and offer help. He has earlier held six exhibitions like this.

At the Press Club here where he put up the exhibition, he doesn’t care about the price. The only thing which bothers him is people should not remain aloof from books. They should read a book and should not keep it to themselves. Rather they should pass it on to others and spread the knowledge. He has a good collection of Punjabi literature and a few books of English.

Being a professor in journalism, he is tempted to offer a good piece of advice to journalists.

He said these days the journalists, specially the younger lot, don’t do the thorough study of their subject. Most of the times they don’t visit the spot and try to get the required information on the telephone. Their reading habit is inadequate and they have become shallow in their approach towards various subjects. For journalists, reading is most important so that they can form their own opinions.

Though he is bearing financial loss but this has not dampened his sprit and he will keep on spreading his message.



PU staff to go on mass leave today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
In protest against the non-implementation of pension scheme, more than 3000 teaching and non-teaching employees of Panjab University would proceed on a half-day mass casual leave and sit on dharna outside VC’s office on Monday.

The agitation would continue while the meeting of the Board of Finance (BoF) takes place at the VC office, which has the crucial item of the issue of implementation of the pension scheme on its agenda.

“The BoF is being held in the backdrop of the continuous agitation of the university employees for the last six months. The current meeting is crucial as officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development have already assured their full support to the deputation of the agitating employees. The Finance Minister of Punjab has also given a positive nod to the legitimate demand of the implementation of the pension scheme in PU,’’ said president of Panjab University Teaching Association (PUTA), Dr Ronki Ram, said in a press statement today.



Opening of new engineering institute announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Rayat Educational and Research Trust announced the opening of Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Bio-Technology for undergraduate and postgraduate level courses, at a press conference, here today,

Announcing this, Mr Gurvinder Singh, Vice-Chairman of the Trust, said they would offer courses in Bio-Medical Engineering, Bio-Technology, Bio-informatics, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

He said all efforts were being made to attract the best faculty. “We will ensure friendly administration, excellent facilities and academic systems geared to meet global standards and integrated development of students,” he said.

Mr Gurvinder Singh added that the city was coming up as an important destination for number of IT companies having global presence.

“The management is in process of having a close interaction with these units so that the manpower with the required knowledge and skills is made available. To cope with the demand of these companies we will impart short term courses on the current technologies in addition to the education being imparted as per university syllabi,” he explained.



PEC students launch website
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
A group of students of Punjab Engineering College launched a website, www.pecworld.com, here today. The site is part of the Pecworld programme and aims at bringing together the alumni and students of PEC.

The website features fortnight interviews of the alumni who have excelled in their respective fields. Interviews of students who have been doing research abroad will also be put on the website.

The site also provides information about various competitive exams like GRE, CAT and IAS. Under the programme, seminars, quizzes and other intellectual activities will be organised for the members.



Pre-schoolers enjoy at carnival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Eurokids, a pre-school in Sector 18, organised a kids carnival on the school premises here today. The school wore a festive look with big balloons, banners, buntings and swings all over.

In the talent hunt competition, children had to recite poems, dance, enact situations. In 2-4 years age group, Eshaan Bajaj came first, Ananya came second. In 4-6 years age group, Mannat came first, Hriti came second. Twin brothers Arish and Arsh were given prize for best-dressed boys, while Tomchi was awarded prize for best dressed girl. In colouring competition for kids between 2-4 years, Vardan came first, Jaskaran was second. In freehand drawing for kids between 4-6 years, Jasnimrit came first, Isshaan came second.

The carnival also saw enthusiastic participation from mothers. In rangoli competition, Ms Vasantha was first. There was another interesting game “Chicken ‘n’ Egg” in which the mother and child had to fit into lucky size shoes. Latika and Rahul were the lucky winners.

Aiman was crowned Euro Prince while Deepasha was crowned Euro Princess. The event was a huge success.



Enchanting Bharatnatyam recital by Shilpi Baruri
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 20
“Every dance has its own aura, but Bharatnatyam is close to my heart as it embodies all three ingredients of dancing — mood, musical melody and timing,” says Kolkata-based Bharatnatyam exponent, Shilpi Baruri.

“The rigidity of its code and conventions needs to be weakened. Some softening,influence had already crept into the original art form,” she said while talking to Chandigarh Tribune on Saturday before her performance at the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Kathak is more communicative and even a layman can understand it. This accounts for its popularity in the north despite any appreciable patronage, she feels.

Formally trained under the guru-shishya paramapra under the tutelage of Padma Shri Chitra Vishwesvran and legendary Yamini Krishnamurthi, she had been rightfully honoured with various awards in India and abroad.

Back from Europe after performing at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and other venues, she delighted the art lovers at the kendra auditorium on Saturday. She displayed subtle aesthetic sensibilities in ‘Shyamala Stotram’, portraying as the goddess incarnate.

In ‘Ashatpadi’ and ‘Varnam’, she captured the divine love moods of Lord Krishna and Radha. She was quite serene showering motherly affection of Yashodha on Krishna in the ‘Tamil Padam’.

Shilpi also portrayed ‘Kalia Mardan’ with electrifying body movements and the face enraged with anger.

She was, however, at her best in the concluding Tillana composed in the melody of raaga ‘Malkons’.



‘Parinde hun jaan kithhe’ staged at Tagore Theatre
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 20
Love and religion are two volcanic emotions which can bring radical change in the life of a human being was conveyed in Punjabi play ‘Prinde jaan hun kithhe’ staged by the Adakar manch Mohali at Tagore Theatre on Saturday evening. With 60 presentations so far in the region potent theme and its execution by a set of actors brought alive the pangs of partition which ruined many lovelorn hearts. Scripted and directed by Dr Sahib Singh the play depicts the transformation of a devil scoundrel, Kehru, whose tyranny had subjugated even those hardcore barbaric agents of communalism. None could dare to criticise when Kehru abducted a Muslim woman Anaity who had already been subjected to torture and sold twice.

Baptised Sikh as Harbans Kaur, she devoted herself completely to Kehru as her perseverance and patience proved miraculous as she successfully could instill virtues of humanity in the intolerant Kehru with her immense love for him. But the destiny had willed otherwise as living happily with their son Deepa was a short-lived affair. Anayati was forced to be repatriated to Pakistan. Her leaving in distress and seeking a vow from Kehru not to be a ‘terror’ again was beautifully enacted by the entire team. They created an emotional bond involving the audience too, by sitting with them and addressing Kehru alone on the stage.

Noted director Sudesh Sharma and Rajinder Rosy enlivened the characters of Kehru and Anaity while Sunny Gill shined as Sarpanch. Gurjit Kang, Harmanpal, Kuldip Saini, Preetinder, Gursharn and Narinder Neena did justice to their roles.

Songs penned by Dr Jagtar Singh was the lifeline of the presentation. OC



Book of Punjabi poems released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 20
A collection of Punjabi poems titled “Lok Pira” by Punjabi poet Puran Singh Kirti was released at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here today. Dr Atamjit, Shiromani playwriter released the book.

The ceremony was organised by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Kharar, in collaboration with the Sahit Sabha, Mohali.

Dr Gurdarpal Singh read out the critical paper on the book while Dr Prem Singh coordinated an open house discussion on the contents of the book.

Another book “Jassa Singh Ramgarhia” by Kehar Singh Matharoo was also released. The book is on the life and times of the Punjabi warrior and Sikh, sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia.

Kartar Singh Panchhi, a Punjabi writer, was honoured by the Sahit Sabha. More than 100 persons attended the function. Over 15 poets participated in the kavi darbar.



Fusion gurus rock city with ‘Rhythm Asia’
S.D. Sharma

“No system of music can retain its vitality for long unless it is frequently enriched from other sources."

Endorsing this belief of musicologists were the trio of Louiz Banks, Sivamani and Niladri Kumar at an interactive session at the Hotel Shivalikview on Saturday. The celebrated Kings of fusion music, performing under the aegis of 'Rhythm Asia', are indeed a confluence of myriad minded exponents of music.

"The art can give the taste of the absolute" maintains Louiz banks, noted pianist and composer of international repute.

The Mumbai-based musicianmaintains that their 'fusion' work has been hailed because of its rich result-oriented approach in the deep assimilation of the content and form of a particular composition based on Indian raga and embellishing it by incorporating the best ingredientsfrom the western classical music repertoire.

"We ensure that the fresh compositional form evolved does not loose the pristine purity of the very raga on which it is based. Our endeavor is in fact the most congenial and effective medium to propagate andpopularize the richness of our Indian classical music," proudly reiterates Louiz Banks.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, he disclosed having brought out the second volume of his album 'Music for Romance' for The Music Today, after the tremendous success of the volume I.

The compositions in the volume I were based on ragas Yaman, Todi,Vachaspati and Rewati while the second volume is more potent in content and execution.

'Heat Waves' capturing the Hip Hop Jazz , popular in the streets of America is too in the offing. However, the ' Music for Mediation' in the making, is a soul stirring communion with the Absolute, a divine contemplation of Almighty only for the enraptured minds.

The versatile sitarist, Niladari Kumar, the disciple son of the legendary music wizard Pandit Kartik Kumar of Senia gharana, feels attracted by the magic of Zazz.

He nevertheless declares the Indian classical music as his first love.

"Rather my in-depth knowledge of Indian classical music and adroit mastery over sitar has augmented my skill and versatility to accomplish the Western music withconsummate ease," says Niladari.

Credited with many albums in classical music segment, he proudly shared the experiment of his soft fusion creation 'If' which had won him the MTV image award for the best theme-based classical album. "Riding on this success I have created 'S (i) tar Gaze' for the young generation, "says Niladri Kumar.

The adage that truth is stranger than fiction holds true when you learn that a born musician with perfection in Laya and Tal , Sivamani, a gifted percussionist, has never been to a school.

All that he had learnt came as a divine blessing till he was rated the best percussionist in India. A childhood chum and close associate of Music Director A.R. Rehman, he is an asset to the trio group 'Rhythm Asia'.

The group performed today at the Tennis Court Lawns near the Chandigarh club under threats of showers .

What makes them special is their being in synchronization. With Louiz on piano or key board, Niladari on sitar and Sivamani on drums, they created the music with spontaneous appeals sending the elite crowd in scintillating reverie .

But they could mesmerize the audience just for forty minutes when the rain took over to play spoil sport.



‘Addi-tappa’, a film sans hero

Punjabi cinema like its Hindi counterpart, is in an experimental mode. First-time producer Jeet Matharu is set to enthral Punjabis with an all girls’ movie, Addi-tappa. With romantic element altogether missing, he is confident that the film will grip the attention of viewers with its thriller contents. There are six girls in the movie but no hero. The producer claims that the movie has a riveting spin.

A musical thriller, Jeet, claims that his movie is first of its kind in Punjabi cinema.

He is in the city today to talk about his coming movie and some of his personal experiences with Chandigarh Tribune. “I was watching a play in BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, which touched my heart. The girls, who were playing the lead roles in the play, left an impact on me. Then I planned to make a movie and cast those girls in it”.

Jeet has been associated with the film industry from a long time and has worked as an associate director with many directors, including Umesh, Manoj Kumar and Ramesh Sippy. He has also directed a few serials for Punjabi channel Lashkara. He has his own office based in London.

He believes in working with new comers as he feels that they are more enthusiastic and deliver something different unlike the experienced one. In this movie, the girls are very talented. “Actors should be judged from the good acting or bad acting but not from the stardom”

There are eight songs in the film and Wadali Brothers, Jaspinder Narula, Sardool Sikander have lent their voice. The duration of the movie is 2 hours and 23 minutes. It will hit theatres on April 15 this year. OC



Sham-e-ghazal regales audience

‘Pathhron se k’han milti hein muraaden dil ki, tum mazaaron pe chiraagon ko jlyaya na kro, ‘tere bemaar ne chehre pe kafan oad liya , ab zaroorat nahin tum Zulfon ka saya na kro’ the couplets of Ashaq Ambalvi melting into the musical composition of R.D. Kailley submerged many hearts in sea of emotions. The audience relished the poetic creations of acclaimed poets effectively rendered by a senior bank executive and ghazal maestro R.D. Kailley and Dr Komal Chugh from Patiala in a Sham-e- Ghazal programme organised by the Kayanat Arts at the Punjab Kala Bhavan on Saturday evening.

Kailley gave a melodic start to the musical soiree with the qalaam of Bashir Badr ‘ Mein Ghazal Kahun ya ghazal padun muhje de to husne zamaal de..’ based on raga mishar bairavi in dadra taal.

He doled out more poetic creations of Zahed Abrol, Hafiz Jallandhari, M. Faruqi before teaming up with Komal Chugh to render poet Sheaharyaar’s ‘Dil mein rakhta hai na plakon pe bithata hai mujhe, fir bhi uss shakas mein kya kya nazar aata hai mujhe’ and choicest ghazals from R.D, Kalia Hamdam, Ved Diwana and others.

Kailley brought out the philosophical content from the bureaucrat poet Ramender Jakhu ‘Sahil’s classic ‘Shikva hi kya jo umar bhar raaht mili nahin, Jaisi bhi hai zindgi hargiz buri nahin.

Except for two items sung by a guest artist, Sanjiv Mago, the lead singer Kailley had composed music for all the ghazals which exuded the emotions of romance, solicitation, grief and nostalgia. He modulated his voice to coalesce the sentiment expressed in each couplet. OC


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