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PAU camp office opened in Sec 70
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
The Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) Vice-Chancellor’s camp office opened in Sector 70 here today.
The office, built at the cost of Rs 45 lakh, was inaugurated by the former Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof G.S. Kalkat.

Dr Kalkat was accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh. Speaking on the occasion Dr Kalkat extended his best wishes towards the functioning of the university and the camp office.

The office is spread over 1059 sq yards of land with a covered area of 70000 sq feet. The foundation stone of the office was laid last year by the then Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh. The inauguration today was to be done by the Finance Minister Surinder Singla but the programme was later changed. 



NIIFT fest begins
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
The two-day festival of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) began here today. A host of competitions were organised as part of the first day events today.

These included collage making, nail painting, graffiti, face painting, rangoli, clay modeling, tattoo making, hair styling, dumb charades, quiz, slow cycling, tug of war, one-minute games, fancy dress, solo and duet songs, dance (single and duet) and group, skit, antakshri, debate, extempore etc.

“This annual event is much looked forward to by the students as it provides for them a platform to showcase their creativity to the maximum. We allow them to give their imagination a free hand” said Ms Vijay Sharma, Director, NIIFT, Mohali.

The co-ordinator, Ms Simrita Singh, appreciated the efforts of the students. “The fest is a wonderful and a superb opportunity for the Niiftians to gain confidence by managing and organising an event of this scale.”

The prizes will be distributed by Mr S. C. Agrawal, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, who is also the Chairman of NIIFT, Mohali and Mr Sanjay Kumar, Director Industries and Commerce, Punjab.



Gurdas Mann regales PU audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
Singer Gurdas Mann today regaled the students of Panjab University (PU) with his Punjabi numbers.
It was a concluding night of Jhankar — inter-university youth festival at PU today. As soon as he came on the stage, it didn’t take him much time to weave his magic on those who had patiently waited for his arrival.

Beginning with a devotional song “Meri laaj rakhiyo”, he made an all-out effort to reach out to the audience. Wanting to get carried away, they responded whole-heartedly. This made the show lively.

Further building the momentum for a disco spirit he sang “Manke manke” and “ishq da gidha”. A visibly charged crowd lapped it up too willingly. These were followed by other foot-tapping Punjabi songs.

Then he sang his famous number “Challa”. It was certainly a memorable night for the crowd today.

University also hosted a musical concert by vocalist Meeta Pandit, French painist Alli Delfau and Gian Singh on tabla at the Evening Studies auditorium.

It was organised by Alliance Farncaise, Sector 36.

Meanwhile, the people who came to attend the concert had a tough time getting their vehicles out of the parking lot as the students who came to attend the Gurdas Mann nite parked their vehicles behind their vehicles.



Students pay heavily for board employee’s fraud
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 25
Students of some villages studying in a private school in Ropar district had to pay heavy fees to get their roll numbers for appearing in the matriculation and Class XII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board commencing from March 2.

As many as 25 students studying in Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Palheri, reached the board office here today as they had not received their roll numbers. They had given their examination forms, along with the required fee, to the school authorities. It is learnt that when a representative of the school came to the board office to submit the forms, he met a board employee who offered to help him. The examination forms and Rs 14,000 as the required fees was handed-over to him. It is learnt that the amount had not been deposited by him and neither had the examinations forms been submitted. The school authorities had reportedly made a complaint to the police in this regard.

It is learnt that the Chairman of the board had given the orders for issuing roll numbers to students after each of them paid a late fee of Rs 2,500.



Prof Ram Paul symposium

Chandigarh, February 25
A two-day Professor Ram Chand Paul First National annual symposium, in association with Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, started today at Panjab University. It was inaugurated by Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Department of Science & Technology, Director I&T and Director Technical Education, Chandigarh Administration, was the guest of honour.

Mrs Bimla Paul, her daughter Dr. Madhu Kaul and son-in-law Mr Kuldeep Kaul, were present. The chairman appreciated the contributions made by Ms Bimla Paul in creating an endowment fund of Rs 3 lakh with the University and also creating a number of awards for distinguished teachers and research students of the department.

The inaugural lecture was delivered by Prof Pradeep Mathur, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, followed by lectures by Prof H. Ila of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Prof Gautam Lahiri, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

In the afternoon Dr Carsten Thone, visiting scientist of Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry of the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina, Germany, Dr M.L. Singla from CSIO, Chandigarh and Prof S.S. Bari of Chemistry Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered lectures. OC



Saini attack case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, today adjourned a case relating to an attack on former Chandigarh SSP Sumedh Singh Saini, involving a dreaded Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant, Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, till March 14.

Earlier, Bhullar, who has been awarded death penalty by the Supreme Court in a case related to an attack on former Indian Youth Congress (IYC) chief M.S. Bitta, was brought on a production warrant and produced in the court amid tight security.

Bhullar had alleged here on January 18 that a team of the Delhi police, led by the then DCP, Mr B.S. Bhola, forced him to own responsibility for the terrorist attack outside the IYC office in New Delhi on September 11,1993.

This confession was later used by the police to build up a “fabricated” case against him in a TADA court, he had alleged.

Later, a three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, through a majority decision, had awarded him death penalty.

Thereafter, his mother had moved a mercy petition to the President for condoning the death penalty and it is reportedly still pending with the Union Home Ministry.

Alleging that Bhullar was framed in the Saini attack case, Davinder’s counsel said that was done to prevent him from pursuing the case of his missing father, allegedly at the instance of the Punjab police.



5 to be honoured at sabhyacharak mela
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Dhadi Balihar Singh Dhindsa, singer Harjeet Herman, writers Pargat Singh Mastuana, Amardeep Gill and Prof Surjeet Mann would be honoured at the Punjab Sabhyacharak Mela 2005 to be held at Dasehra Ground of Mohali tomorrow, Mr Surinder Singh, president, Punjab Lok Kala Kendra, announced here today.

He said that some of the top stars of Punjabi folk music, including Habhajan Mann, Sarbjeet Cheema, Durga Rangila, Karnail Gill, Suchet Bala, Faqir Chand Patanga, Gurtej Tej, Bhupinder Gill, Neelam besides comedian Bhagwant Mann and Ranbir Rana would perform at the mela which would be inaugurated by Mr Harbans Lal, Parliamentary Secretary of Punjab, while Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, will preside over the function.



New Releases
Great expectations from ‘Bewafa’

There are great expectations from Boney Kapoor's ''Bewafa'', which was released yesterday. After the lukewarm response accorded to Kapoor's ''Khushi'', the trade has its hopes pinned on ''Bewafa''. Produced by Sridevi and directed by Dharmesh Darshan, who earlier directed films like ''Raja Hindustani'' and ''Dhadkan'', this Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Sushmita Sen starer is reportedly a modern-day BR Chopra's ''Gumrah.'' The film was released yesterday at Batra, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Mani Majra, KC, Panchkula.

Dharmesh Darshan attempts to recreate ''Raja Hindustani'' with Karisma's younger sister Kareena in this love triangle. Sridevi's Productions also stars brother-in-law Anil Kapoor in a powerful role. Manoj Bajpai and Shamita Shetty also play important roles. ''Bewafaa'' is a lavish Rs 18 crore drama shot abroad widely. Kareena Kapoor's character is half Canadian and for the first half-an-hour she is a blonde. She plays an adulteress in this film.

''Bewafaa'' is a film that tells the story of changing morals and values in a fast changing world. Sameer has penned the lyrics. Nadeem-Shravan have composed the music for this film. Another melodious score from the music composers duo.

''Bewafaa'' is the biggest film from the director Dharmesh Darshan, which is considered a sound business proposition.

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Director Sanjay Zaveri is very much excited about his new bold movie,''Fun can be dangerous sometimes''. After ''Ajnabi'' the audience will see another movie on swapping. In this film the subject is husband swapping. The movie has Manisha Koirala's brother Siddharth Koirala opposite ''Tauba Tauba'' fame sexy girl Payal Rohtagi. Also in the cast are another sexy girl Heena Rahman, Aryan Vaid besides new faces like Rashi and Gaurav Dixit. Sanjay Zaveri has added mystery and fun in his movie.

Produced under the banner of Oracle Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Glimpses Syndicates, the film has music by Sanjiv— Darshan duo. Sonu-Shreya's ''Tum paas ho'' is plain superb and must rank among the solid compositions. The film was released yesterday at Nirman, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula. — DP



Sukhwinder enthralls audience
S.D. Sharma

The larger than life image of the indomitable singer, Sukhwinder Singh, swelled in the minds of the inquisitive and receptive crowd at the leisure valley on Friday waiting for their favourite star. Despite another celebrity Gurdas Mann performing simultaneously at the concluding show of the ‘Jhankar’ festival at the Panjab University campus, a multitude of people waited for him for about two hours.

A spark of jubilation greeted the ebullient, effervescent and bubbling Sukhwinder Singh as he took the centre stage to give a majestic start to the musical bonanza organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh, to mark the first day of the festival of roses. Sukhwinder sent the crowd in a scintillating reverie with a melodic spell of a classic ‘Gash Khaake ho gye behall... and ‘Saqi saqi...’ in quick succession. He established an instant rapport with the audience who reciprocated the enthusiasm of the singer with lofty applause to his witty comments and melodious renditions of ‘Lagan lagan lagi...’ The mesmerised and enraptured audience converted every available space to the dancing floor as Sukhwinder enchanted them with his hit classic like ‘Kisna re..., ‘Lucky kabootar’ and the ultimate ‘Chhiyan Chhaiyan...’

The charismatic performance with deep timbre voice, frequently modulated to capture the spectrum of human emotions like soothing to the mystic themes of Baba Bulleshah as well as to the romanticism of film numbers in the stirring crystal clear musical notes. Earlier, the co-singers providing the vocal support to Sukhwinder set the pace before the epoch making epitome of a new genre musical wonder took over the audience.

Promising Shweta Pandit, Sujata and Sunny of ‘Dil Mangdi fame’ doled out some numbers. Amar on keyboard, Amit on drums, Laltto on guitar, Santosh on octopad and Sharafat Kahn on tabla accompanied them.

Earlier talking to the Chandigarh Tribune Sukhwinder Singh shared his tryst with success to stardom. Though not too easy to establish in an industry like ‘Bollywood’ where there is always a ‘survival of the fittest. “With blessings of Almighty I had the proper training in music and the positive attitude and temperament to face the worst in life. And my belief in the mysticism of sufis and love for the pristine folk of my land had stood in stead in shaping my career. What a coincidence that Govind Nihlani introduced me as a lyricist to A.R. Rehman when in the course of discussions my in-depth study of Baba Bulleshah impressed him and we teamed up to sculpt the immortal ‘Chhaiyan.. There was no looking back thereafter. Tall, Takshak, 1947 Earth, Daag, Pyar Tune, Dil se, Bombay Dreams et all translated my dreams to reality. After Kisna lot my projects are in the offing like an album on the aspirations and credit of the forgotten ‘Gypsy cult’ and ‘Amar Joshi Shaeed ho gya..’ Besides AR Rehman featured me for singing Indian classical music in a specially divised programme for presentation in foreign lands only, said Sukhwinder Singh.



Traditional miniatures with modern elements
Aditi Tandon

S.M. Mansoor is a man of miniatures. Credited with decorating the ancient form with contemporary elements, he has not only enhanced the demand of miniatures in Pakistan but has also brought fresh perspectives to the genre.

In doing so, Mansoor has proved worthy of his celebrated lineage. He represents the seventh generation in one of the oldest families of practicing miniature artists in the world. His ancestors were court painters in the Patiala royalty, his grandfather Haji Mohammad Sharif the national painter and the pride of Pakistan.

Given his inextricable link to the masters of miniature art, Mansoor could not but have inherited the idiom. But his niche lies in lending the tradition a modern look by retaining its basic form, yet altering the treatment commendably.

Splashes of Mansoor’s creativity are there for all to see at Panjab University’s Fine Arts Museum where he presented modern miniatures and manuscripts on Friday. He has just returned from Patiala where he lectured art students of Punjabi University on the challenges of practicing experimental miniature art.

The renowned artist told The Tribune, “Resurgence of a nearly extinct form required simplification of complex elements that hampered its evolution. My objective has been to boost the demand of miniatures worldwide and I have succeeded in the pursuit by creating flavoured compositions in daring colours. It’s a pleasant departure from norm”.

Dramatic visual impact and lyrical quality enhance the appeal of Mansoor’s works which are sourced by collectors all over the world. His ensemble is uniquely formated, with boundaries rendered with special care. “I fill the canvas completely so that the viewer’s attention does not fall off the work,” says Mansoor, who is sensitive to the old and new alike.

Most of his works feature familiar miniature motifs like elephants, horses, peacocks, female and male forms. But they stand stylised to suit the taste of “liberalised” audiences.

Admits Mansoor, also a guest lecturer in art institutions of Pakistan, “My images are simplified, rendered in oil rather than traditional water colours, etched against an acrylic backdrop which shines with an antique look and formated with modern graphic symbols like traffic lights and zebra crossings”.

Using the old technique, Mansoor creates a new awareness. His miniatures stress traffic regulations through use of traffic symbols. There are several references to environment by way of colours, kites and vegetation. Interestingly, the work has been presented on envelopes and cards, and it underlines the link between miniatures and modern manuscripts which present Mansoor’s own versions of the art.

He says, “Globalisation has created new demands and artists have to evolve new means to communicate in new societies. Naturally, manuscripts must also convey relevant themes. I have devised my own language for the art. The work is purely experimental and its forte is beauty”.

Comparing miniature art evolution in India and Pakistan, Mansoor feels the growth has been rapid on the Pakistani side though the art originated in India. “Maharaja Patiala had the largest collection of elephant herd painted in miniature format. But miniature art in India has been hugely commercialised. In Pakistan, it has changed with times, but has not still lost its spirit,” tells Mansoor whose detour led to a new destination in the world of miniatures.

His show, jointly organised by Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museum, Punjab and Department of Fine Arts, PU will be on till March 1. TNS



Malout boy’s work rooted in soil
Nirupama Dutt

Among the young group artists who graduated from the Chandigarh College of Art in the mid-eighties was Kanwal Dhaliwal. This Malout boy showed a lot of promise even in his early work and more so for it was work rooted in the soil. "Ours was a backward area and while I was fond of drawing, I did not know that something like art colleges existed on the face of the earth. For us in Malout the only career options were to be a doctor, engineer, a teacher or a clerk," says the artist looking back.

However, someone told him that there was one such college in Chandigarh and so he came here and found a whole new world opening up before him. He came into contact with senior city painters like Raj Kumar and Sidharth and also their intellectual supporter, Prof Laali. This imparted him the strength to take subjects from his own rural environs and rework them in the contemporary form and style. A series of sculptures in terracotta on the faces of village women brought him a lot of notice as well as his paintings portraying the common Punjabi folk in the environment of the law courts.

The artist, who has been living and working in London for the past eight years, always experimented with the face divided into two. This is a form that he further exploited in his work abroad working on the cultural divide. Kanwal says: "I immigrated out of choice, yet I missed my land and culture. Thus the divided faces became representative of the cultural divide that I experience and am still experiencing." In this period Kanwal has also worked on the old trees to be found in the rural landscape and this is his metaphor for a yearning for the roots.

The artist, who is having his first solo show in London at the Nehru Centre this May, has an equal expertise in handling the chisel or the brush and in some works he combines the elements of sculpture and painting. In the city to met old friends, Kanwal recalled his student days when he shared a room in Kroran village with Sidharth. "I have always carried my Malout and my Kroran with me," he says, laughing. On the personal front he also carried the pain of relationships that did not work. This is a pain that comes through very poignantly in his work. However, he has been lucky in love the third time and now lives with his wife, who is also his namesake and called Kam for short, and two young children in London. TNS


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