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Career fair organised at the Army Institute of Law
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
A career fair, “Meet the Future” was organised by the Army Institute of Law (AIL) at its campus at Mohali on Sunday. Several commercial firms as well as noted practicing lawyers participated in the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Ritu Bala, senior consultant with Credence PR, the fair’s organisers, said the fair was an ideal platform to interact with professionals and gain an insight into the roles and responsibilities that went with corporate world. It acquainted the graduating class with different options available to them.

Representatives from Max New York Life, Mr Satnam Singh and Mr Ajay Sharma, gave an audio-visual presentation on career opportunities while HDFC Home Loans Deputy General Manager, Mr Rajeev Sardana, interviewed a number of students. Mr. Satish Bhardwaj, a practicing lawyer, observed that the students were remarkable and eager to join the bandwagon.

The AIL runs under the aegis of the Army Welfare Education Society and imparts a five-year law degree course to its students, most of whom are wards of serving armed forces personnel and ex-servicemen.



Fitness workshop at school
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 10
Aerobics, bhangra, guided meditation, reiki and yoga were some of the activities performed at the first “Wellness” Workshop held here at The Mango Grove School, in Sector 20 today.

The one-day workshop was attended by over 25 persons from various walks of lives. It included a session on nutrition, healthy cooking, beauty tips and art therapy.

Lieut-Col. Karan Thandi, chairman, Mango Grove, Sector 20, Panchkula, said the exhibition was part of the continuing endeavour to provide wider audience access to the extracurricular activities in the school.

Workshop coordinator Aradhika said she was thankful that the experts who got together to provide a wide array of fitness choices. “We had Ajai Kaushal, a three-time national champion in aerobics, doing aerobics in the morning, Sanjay Bhatt of the Department of Drama in Panjab University, taking the dance and bhangra class. Ms Neelu Malhotra an established city nutritionist, had a long interactive session on tips and facts about nutrition, and Kamal Bhangu who shared beauty secrets with the participants.”

“Pawan’s introduction to reiki was interesting and even though we were skeptical at first, we found it working,” said Ms Jasleen, a lecturer who had attended the workshop. Pawan is a reiki teacher based in Gurgaon who heads Self Academy. Rajiv Kaul, who works with a software company, was appreciative of Aradhika’s yoga class. “We really felt de-stressed after the class,” he said. 



Probe sought into Vaid’s admission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Senator G. K. Chatrath has demanded a probe into the alleged illegal admission of Charu Vaid, daughter of GGDSD College Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, in M. Com despite her getting a compartment in the B. Com III examinations.

In a letter to the Chancellor and Vice-President B.S. Shekhawat today, Mr Chatrath said: “A probe should be ordered to book all those who have connived in facilitating such fraudulent admission at the behest of a member of the Senate.’’ He has also urged that all papers connected with this admission, examination, approval etc available at the college and university should be sealed immediately.



Baisakhi Utsav at school
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 10
Baisakhi signifies the celebration of brotherhood and harmony among the masses representing diverse social cultures. This was stated by Mr Chander Mohan, Deputy Chief Minister, while speaking at ‘Baisakhi Utsav’ organised at Satluj Public School open air auditorium.

It was organised by the Sarswati Kala Sangam.

Principal Krit Serai welcomed the chief guest. Mr Chander Mohan honoured folk singer Dolly Guleria on behalf of the sangam.

Later, Dolly Guleria presented songs. Dr Betty Nangia, Kuljit Bakshi, Sonu and Debashish Dhar participated in the programme. Young dancers presented folk and classical dance numbers. These were choreographed by Bharatnatayam exponent Mukta Nagesh.



2 selected for B-school
Tribune News Service
Abhishek Krishan Aggarwal
Abhishek Krishan Aggarwal
Shruti Sharma
Shruti Sharma

Chandigarh, April 10
Two local students, Abhishek Krishan Aggarwal and Shruti Sharma, have been selected for the one-year-postgraduate programme in business management at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

Abhishek is a PEC graduate and Shruti is a commerce graduate from GGDSD College. They both worked with their respective family businesses before clearing their GMAT for admission to the ISB.



Theatre binds them together
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, April 10
Theatre has inspired their imagination. Happy to be in the company of scripts and stage, Lillete Dubey, Neha Dubey, Amar Talwar and Joy Sengupta love to talk about enactment as if it were some newly acquired skill.

New it sure is because it is never old. As Lillete observes, “Theatre poses a fresh challenge all the time. Scripts demand fresh perspectives, new forms of enactment and commitment”. Though the latest indulgence of Lillete is a feature film on the life of three women pursuing arts, she has retained some element of theatre in it. Penned by Mahesh Dattani whose play on incest “30 Days in September” Lillete presented in Chandigarh last night, the film is an attempt to explore relationships.

In an interaction with The Tribune today, Lillete, accompanied by her daughter Neha and actors Amar Talwar and Joy Sengupta, relived the excitement of “30 Days in September”. “I jumped at the opportunity and worked hard at the casting. Joy Sengupta was a natural choice for the role of the man who helps the women abused in their childhood. Neha, being a major in psychology, did justice to the role of the victim. Amar Talwar was convincing as the villian. His was the toughest role,” said Lillete.

Averse to slotting, she has carefully chosen her roles, from “Monsoon Wedding” to “Bahgban”. “I have turned down many offers. There is a limit to what you can do,” she said praising Neha for the ability to live roles honestly.

For Neha, who choose to act in “Monsoon Wedding” when she had a great academic career awaiting her, life has been on a roll. Professionally, Neha has evolved fast, working under various directors.

Amar Talwar for his part is happy to have played the villain for the challenge it poses. “I could never have asked for such a meaty role on television or films. I had been waiting for something as stimulating as this”, said Talwar who is happy with his “rich, good father” image on the small screen. He is also proud of the advertisement offers he is getting. “In times when Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar dominate the small screen ads, what more can you ask for than a heartening set of offers,” says Talwar, who moved from Chandigarh to work as a photojournalist in Delhi.

“I began acting by sheer chance. I was looking for opportunities when I bumped into Barry John in Mumbai one day. What followed was a series of plays - some 230 in two years. Then came ads. Finally, I found myself playing the most important role in the first Indian soap, “Shanti”. The rest is history” he says.

Coming to his latest serial “Jassi …” he says, “The producers have to do something magical now lest the attention of people gets dissipated”.



Religious album released
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, April 10
Mr Narinder Sharma, president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panahayat, today released an album “Darshan De De Daatiye” of religious songs sung by Shivendra Vaishnav and Sanjeev Bhardwaj.

The album of eight songs was released at a yagna organised at Yog Vihar colony in Bartana village on the occasion of Navratras celebrations.

Mr Ravinder Vaishnav, director of the company which launched the album, claimed that the album would be sent to Indian citizens in England, Australia and other countries on demand.

A number of devotees, including Mr Krishan Pal Sharma, a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, were also present.

Mr Sharma also inaugurated a newly-constructed community centre in Saini Vihar Colony, Phase-II, in the village. Members of the Residents’ Welfare Society of the colony had organised a havan on the occasion.



Chitra Iyer regales audience

The M R Arya School auditorium was literally converted to mini South India as the versatile and vivacious Chitra Iyer-Sivaraman recreated the special musical fervour exuding the essence of the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada culture. The culturally starved South Indian audience expressed delight with deafening applause after Chitra performed any particular song in a special musical programme organised by the Kerala Samajam today.

She displayed mastery over the in depth knowledge of folklore, Bollywood hits and all South Indian film music which established her credentials of a promising star of Bollywood.

She started with "Vande matram" in style followed by "Hamdam.." from Saathiya. She proved her mettle with 'Tere bina zindagi se ..' bringing out the pathos embalmed in the lyric. The people zoomed in ecstatic and emotionally charged moments as accompanied by co-singer Manoj she doled out evergreen "Bobby" hit "Ham tum ek kamre mein." before creating the "Mujara mood with "Inhi logon ne" from Pakeeza.

On request, she presented and danced showing her poney tail while rendering "Kali teri gutt te prarnda tera laal ni" in a faster tempo. Her songs especially those composed by AR Rehman from Tamil, Telugu films and Ujade Ujade from Hindi film "16 December" were received with a volcanic zeal from the intrusive audience.

The co-singers Manoj, Ajay and Harish gave her vocal support.

Earlier AV Sankaranarayan, president and D Reghu, secretary Kerala samajam, welcomed the chief guest, Dr John V George, ADGP, Haryana. OC



‘Guffain’, a challenging play

“Each inquisitive mind, soul and home is infested with a cavern' and there is no escape from the vicious thoughts engaging the self.' This was enunciated in Mudra Rakshas's classic play "Guffain" staged at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Directed by Shyam Juneja, the play proved to be heavy for the audience. It was challenging both in concept and treatment.

Though a conventional story of a professional kidnapper, Anant, keeping a young girl at his hideout after kidnapping her. Lilly, daughter of an affluent person, initially revolts and reacts sharply to her captor but gradually she shares her inner tensions due to the behaviour of her step mother.

The playwright brought forth the point that there is a cavern everywhere in the mind, soul and family.

Shyam Juneja is portrayed in all three characters, including Anant, father Manchanda and Nawal, paramour of Dolly's mother. Young Meeta Sachdeva, plays the, mother and Anant's wife. Both attempted to bring out the diverse characters employing their emotional expressions but still need to reinvigorate all the assigned roles.

Parvesh Sethi, Jaspal Singh contributed for the make up and chiaroscuro effects respectively. OC



Album, book released

A book, "Dooriyan; by Vinod K. Bhardwaj, better known as Nashad Jaunpuri, and an engineer by profession, and a CD of ghazals was released by M.L. Koser, Director, Pracheen Kala Kendra, in Chandigarh on Sunday. His versatility has been acclaimed by litterateurs like Ali Sardar Zafri.

An accomplished bhajan singer of Canada, Vinod plays many musical instruments. He says "shayari" without music is like a lady without "shingar". OC


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