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Degrees conferred on 62 students
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 27
As many as 62 students were awarded degrees at ninth annual convocation of Government College, Barwala, today. These students were from the commerce and arts streams.

The chief guest, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, gave away the prizes to students excelling in academics, sports and cultural activities. Offering his congratulations to the students for a successful career, he called upon them to work with sincerity, dedication and devotion. He exhorted the students to have a fixed aim in life, like Ekalavya, so that they could plan their career moves and work towards achieving them.

He pointed out that former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, had set up this college in year 1993 , so that students in rural areas could get better education, and students of 40 villages were benefitted because of the college. He added that by setting up a college in Barwala, the girl education had got a boost. The college now has a strength of 188 girls as compared to 149 boy students.

The Principal, Mrs Sudarshan Aggarwal, read out the college report. Others present on the occasion were senior Congress leaders Mr Vijay Bansal, Mr Om Prakash Devinagar and Mr Ravinder Rawal, besides the senior officers of the administration. 



Govt school students shine in talent search exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Three students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, have secured a place in the National Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE 2005) conducted by the Unified Council, Hyderabad.

While Manav Goyal has secured the third rank in the medical stream and the first position in the city, Siddhant Puri stands 115th and second in the city. Prabal Goyal of the same school has secured the 88th position at the national level in the non-medical stream.



Cultural show by tiny tots
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 27
Attired in their best, tiny tots of D A V Public School Mohali, today danced to their favourite rhymes to celebrate their success to the next class at the Recognition Day. The day took a start with chanting of Gayatri Mantra followed by a riot of colours in various cultural items. Nursery kids tapped their feet while dressing themselves up in summer and winter wear to the rhythm of songs that aimed at drawing the attention of the audience towards the environment protection. A few had posed themselves as ice candy and fruits.

Then came the turn of Class I and the stage was set for a boogie woogie performance. Children presented an attractive dance show amid applause from the parents. A patriotic song and dance performance actually stole the show as enthusiastic audience clapped along with the beat throughout the performance.

Principal Jaya Bhardwaj presided over the function. She announced that the school would be starting its skating rink and other sports facilities during this session, as it completes the first phase of its construction. She said the recognition day was a unique effort of the school to underline the inherent talent of the students. She also thanked the parents for their cooperation in organising the event.



Film Review
‘My Brother Nikhil’ apt and bold
Rama Sharma

A meaningful cinema is on the horizon. "My brother Nikhil" is a story of a young man who is infected with HIV. His father had groomed the only son to be a state-level swimming champion.

The father had tried to live through him, but succumbed to the societal pressure and throw him out of the house. He finds the ignominy too much.

Though the trauma of an AIDS victim has not been brought out fully, yet Sanjay Suri, playing the central character of Nikhil, succeeds in highlighting its magnitude.

Segregated, Sanjay goes through the pathos silently. In his transformation from an energetic young man to HIV positive nearing the twilight, the script speaks volumes about the tragedy. And Sanjay does not let you down.

The movie touches many poignant points. Like when the father comes to meet the son, two years after the infection and the day he is accepted by the family.

The brother-sister relationship is beautifully carved. It is elemental yet very tender. Specially to be mentioned is the sprightly Juhi Chawala who lights up the screen with her inimitable presence. Equipped with a lovely smile, she handles her brother and the script marvelously.

Shunned by the family and friends, the duo's fight against the social prejudice is trail blazer and is bound to be a ray of hope for many.

Some darkly shot sequences are evocative. Resonating like an epic, its character speaks out to you from across the screen. They appear credible and succeed in winning you. At numerous instances, you share their agony.

Like Salman Khan starrer "Phir Milenge", the movie is a perfect dose for enlightened consumption. — TNS



Depicting the decline of medical profession
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Written by Suvinder Pal and directed by Rajiv Mehta, the play, “Aaj ka Dr Kotnis” was presented on the occasion of the World Theatre Day celebrations today. Presented at Sukhna Lake, the play portrayed the dehumanisation of the noble medical profession.

It began with the depiction of Dr Cutnis who rendered selfless service to the wounded soldiers during the Second World War. Taking Dr Kotnis as a point of reference, the actors bared the loopholes in the present day medical profession wherein the doctors don’t mind trading organs for the sake of money. They also don’t mind fleecing unsuspecting patients in order to make a quick buck.

The play drew tremendous applause. It featured Suvinder Pal, Rajiv Mehta, Bhavna, Yogesh Tungal, Ashwini Sawan, Gurjit Kang and Jagan Choudhary.



Rajinder Kaur’s autobiography translated into English
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
“Riding Piggyback”, a translation of Punjabi writer Rajinder Kaur’s autobiography “Kanheri Chade Vareh” was released by Deputy Speaker, Rajya Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal at DSOI Auditorium, Sector 36 today.

The English translation of the Punjabi work has been done by Komal Saini Pathak and Clifton Ivan Marques. Maj Gen J.S. Kang (retd) and Bishop Gerald Mathias were also present to compliment the translators for their fine piece of work.

Mr Atwal lauded the translation and said it had been presented in a professional fashion. Prof Devinder Singh, chairman, Department of Correspondence Courses, PU presented a paper and appreciated the work done by the two translators. 



Folk goes the theatre
World Theatre Day celebrations
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
For once, there was nothing overtly ceremonial about the World Theatre Day celebrations at Punjab Kala Bhavan today. And that made all the difference.
Muted and rooted, the show put together by Neelam Man Singh and Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi qualified as a rich tribute to theatre. The tempo of the celebrations was set with Ms Archana Shastri reading out the World Theatre Day message given by stage director Ariane Mnouchkine this year.

“Theatre, come to my rescue! I am asleep, wake me, I am lost in the dark, guide me, at least towards a candle. I am lazy, shame me. I am tired, raise me up…. I am dominated by ugliness, bring in conquering beauty, I have been recruited by Hatred, unleash all the forces of Love,” recited Archana Shastri, and the audiences recited with her.

Once the rhythm for the evening was set, the show rolled on looking finer with every presentation. It had all the ingredients of theatre though not “literally” so. As per the requirements of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, the organisers managed to fill the celebrations with glimpses of Punjab’s folk traditions. There was every folk melody that matters and every folk tale that inspires — from “Heer” and “Mirza” to “Maiya” and “Lathe di chadar.”

In command of the performance space were the dhadis and naqaals on the one hand and the Punjabi “bagpipers” (been baaje wale”) and Wanjhali players on the other. The attraction of the evening was the 88 year-old Jogi Kashinath, who unleashed earthy melodies on his been and Wanhjali. A flute look alike, Wanhjali is the instrument made legendary by Ranjha who would use it to romance Heer.

After Kashinath had spilled his musical charm on stage, it was time for Meer Desraj dhadi to narrate two episodes — one from “Heer”, another from “Mirza”.

The final presentation of the evening was the most exciting of all. Sporting Scottish bagpipes, Darshan Singh and his troupe members played native tunes, familiarising the audiences with the richness of Punjabi culture and the exuberance of its musical traditions.

In its final form, the celebration linked the fading past with the racing future, even as the present kept busy enjoying its moment of music.



When Kala Gram echoed with poetry
S.D. Sharma

“Ghar jo bharna hai to rishwat se bhi bhar jata hai; haan magar isse duaon se asar jata hai , Ek azab daur ke dastaar bachane mushkil aur usko jo bachata hoon to sar jata hai”. The couplet echoed the sentiments of Faiyaaz Ilahabadi , an IPS officer by profession but a poet at heart at the all-India mushaira organised by the Haryana Urdu Academy in association with North Zone Cultural Centre held at Kala Gram on Friday.

As many as 20 poets participated in the mushaira. Anna Dehlvi delved deep into the emotional oblivion “Is tarah saja mujh ko; Ghalib ki ghazal kar de mujhse mohabbat hai to Shah Jahan ban ja; Mumtaz bana mujhko aur Taj Mahal kar de” She also read poems on Indo-Pak relations. Dr Shabab Lalit shared his inner feelings, “ Tamaam umar usey dhoondne mein sarf hui ; jo chupke meri badan ki gufa mein baitha tha”.

Appreciative of the felicity and elegance of Urdu Ashok Sahil opined ‘Urdu ke chan alfaz hain jab se jubaan par; tehzeeb meherbaan hain mere khandaan par’. Conducting the mushaira, Shamas Tavrezi gave his verdict in his poem’ woh mera dost hain lekin dard mandh nahin; talism-e-hosh roobah (charismatic personality) to hai hosh mandh nahin’.

Other poets who recited their poems included K.K. Noor, Suresh Shauq , Vijay Akhtar, Prem Bhardwaj , Rana Ravi Singh, Shaheen, Asha Shaily , Afzal Bangalori , Ashok Saahil, G. S Aarif and Dr. K. C. Dubey. 


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