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Students take out pulse-polio awareness rallies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Rallies to create awareness about pulse-polio were held in various city schools, today. The NSS unit of GMSSS-19, organised a one-day NSS camp on the school campus which began with a pulse-polio rally. This was flagged off by Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal of the school. About 100 NSS volunteers participated in the rally.

A pulse polio rally was organised by GMSSS-18, which passed through the streets of the sector, creating awareness about the polio campaign to be held on May 15.

The NSS volunteers of GMSSS-23 participated in a rally organised by the UT Health Department.

Technology day

Students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, celebrated the year of physics and National Technology Day, here today, to popularise science. The celebrations were sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.

A debate competition was organised for the senior secondary students. The topic was `Nuclear Fission’. A slide show was shown to the senior students of Class X. Mr D.S.Mangat, DPI Schools, was the chief guest.


In an emergency meeting held by the workers of Vivek High School, Sector 38, today, the members of the Private Schools and Colleges Workers’ Union condemned the anti-labour practice adopted by the chairman of the school, Mr H.S. Mamik. The union resolved that if Mr H.S. Mamik did not release the salary of workers and withdraw orders illegally terminating their services, the union will start an agitation against the chairman.


A farewell party was organised by NTT Institute of DAV Model School, Sector 15-A, for the outgoing students. The junior students entertained the seniors with a number of popular songs and dances. The staff and students danced to foot tapping music and the afternoon was full of fund and frolic.

The title of Miss NTT went to Ravneet Kaur while Gurminder was declared as first runner up and Monika Arora was declared the second runner-up.



BBA II result declared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Panjab University today declared the result of BBA II year examination conducted by the university in April/May 2005. The copies of the result gazette, are available at the Panjab University main enquiry counter on all working days, during office hours, only for personal consultation by the candidates.

The result is also available on the university website www.puchd.ac.in . No telephonic result enquiry will be entertained according to Controller of Examinations, PU.



Hansraj students take out rally
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 12
Students of Hansraj Public School today organised a cycle rally to spread awareness about the pulse polio campaign to be held here on May 15.

The rally was flagged off from the school premises by Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh. Students went about on their bicycles in Sectors 6, 8, on the roads dividing Sectors 9-16, 10-14, 9-15 and 10-11, before reaching Sector 6 from near Yavanika Garden. Students were holding banners and placards, with messages urging people to get polio drops administered to all children between age groups of 0-5 years.

Civil Surgeon Dr Satvir Chaudhary, said the rally had the desired effect on people, who will now rush to the booths to get polio drops for their children. Principal of Hansraj Public School, Mr Vijay Kumar, District Health Officer, Dr Shail Gupta and District Training Officer, Dr Renu Malik was also present on the occasion.



Dell selects five Tangori students
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 12
As many as five final year students of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, have been selected by M/s Dell for its newly set up establishment here.

The students who cleared the selection procedure for placements were Abhishek Arora, Sidharth Kaushik, Aditi Jain from Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), Anshul Singla from Computer Science and Engineering and Gautam Chander from mechanical engineering branch.

Two more students of ECE branch were selected for placement by Spice Telecommunications Ltd. As many as 35 students of the college were shortlisted by Accenture Ltd, Bangalore.



CAT issues bailable warrants against Director
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today issued bailable warrants against Director (Administration), CPWD, for neither filing a written explanation for not appearing before the tribunal nor seeking exemption from the hearing in a case of contempt filed by 14 casual workers seeking selection against group D posts in the department.

The tribunal directed the counsel for the respondent to furnish security of Rs 10,000 which would forfeited if the Director failed to appear on the next date of hearing after issuing of the bailable warrants.

After hearing the case, a Bench comprising Mr L.M. Goyal and Mr Jasbir S. Dhaliwal fixed the next date of hearing for July 11.



Bhupinder blames TV channels for rot in music
Aditi Tandon

GOLDEN melodies, golden days …. Bhupinder inspires a golden rush of memories. Reminiscent of an era when music was the food for soul, the singer refuses to change with the times, especially when change is all about consuming dissonance in the name of music.

In his choices along the road of life, he may have been alone at times but he has never been lonely and he will never be — at least so long as he has Mitali as a partner in life and in rhyme. Together, the couple has strived hard to keep the soul of music intact. They are still striving, though the road forward appears hazier than ever.

Sojourning in the city for a private function last night, the singers spoke to The Tribune about their worst fears and about what they, as practitioners of pure music, were doing to stem the rot. Disillusioned with the music scene in the country, they recalled the good old days with nostalgia and hoped the history would soon repeat itself.

Bhupinder was more vocal in his expression of angst than Mitali who chose to speak in measured tones. “We have lost all sense of heritage and our music channels are to be blamed for the mess. By no standard does their fare qualify as music. We wish these channels were shut down at the earliest. We have had enough of commotion,” rued the ace singer-composer.

On a personal front, Bhupinder has made several efforts to save the face of music. “We have long been demanding a 24-hour channel dedicated to Indian music. Let this channel be as well advertised as others. Let it be as well packaged as the rest. We need to retrace our roots and in doing so we need the help of our youngsters. Bringing them closer to our kind of music is the big challenge now,” said Bhupinder who has released 25 cassettes to date.

The latest in the line is an album of Bengali songs, composed by his wife Mitali for a change. She could not veil her excitement as she said, “I have always been interested in composing and this one is my first. My journey has been all about exploring the mysteries of music. I could never have been what I am, but for Bhupinder.”

Standing close by, the musician gave his lady a silent hearing, and added a few words, “I have a similar statement to make.” Then it was time to recall old melodies like “Ek Akela is sheher mein” and “Dil dhoondta hai…”

Said the singer who is still a favourite with Gulzar, “I can’t sing for films anymore. Film music does not inspire my creativity anymore, except in a few cases. “Veer-Zaara” was good but not as good as it could have been with the music of Madan Mohan. You would be surprised to know one of the tunes Yash Chopra used for his film was a rejected tune of “Dil Dhoondta Hai”…” TNS



‘Ponga Pandit’ to be staged in city
S.D. Sharma

ART, especially theatre, is not just to entertain but also inspire rational thinking. City theatre lovers have a date with introspection as they watch a socio-cultural classic play ‘Ponga Pandit’ on May 15 at the Tagore Theatre.

Sculpted by legendary playwright Habib Tanvir, the theatrical venture is structured to ironically laugh at life, question the inviolability of our rituals, and dehumanising social evils.

The much-acclaimed social satirical play under the aegis of the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA), is to be presented for the first time in the original Chhattisgarhi dialect and folk form ‘Naacha’ in the region, sais Shyam Juneja, director, at a press meet here on Thursday. The potent script juxtaposes the religious hypocrisy besides depicting the poignant predicament of the subjugated section of the society –‘the Untouchables’, who had been subjected to in-human behaviour during the past and even today in some parts of the country. Sanjiv Chatterjee portrays the protagonist Ponga Pandit with versatile Gaurav Sharma as Bhakhla representing a common man and the fiery Jamadarin portrayed by Asha Saklani, an alumnus of the Indian Theatre of Punjab University.

This experimental production, as Juneja puts it, is never the less a challenging venture for him and especially the actors who might have to struggle for imbibing the subtle tenor and character of the Chhatisgarhi dialect so to bring alive the deep rooted social evils in our society. The essence of the play, if communicated immaculately through natural acting and crisp dialogue delivery, can awaken the slumbering conscience of many towards the low caste and downtrodden.

Structured in deep pastoral religious culture the play appears to be presumptuous in appeal. The dialogues having the latent rhythmic pattern have a charm. The folk musical renditions by Mehar Mastana and Neeraj Choudhry under the music direction of Karam Chand are aimed at augmenting the popularity of the play, slated to be staged on Sunday, May 15 at 7 pm, at Tagore Theatre.



Exploring layers of Shakespeare

A still from a play ‘Romeo Juliet’ staged at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
A still from a play ‘Romeo Juliet’ staged at Panjab University, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

THANK Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the enormous rush outside Panjab University Theatre Department today. Not always does theatre draw that kind of crowd in Chandigarh.

The thick visitation at the department certainly had everything to do with the script and its “unconventional” director Anuradha Kapur, who is known for strong and contemporary interpretation of texts.

The one that was played out at PU’s Studio Theatre today is an old translation of the original “Romeo and Juliet”, and is well suited for modern times. It has all the layers typical to a Shakespearean text and all variations that come with it.

Structured boldly, the production offers a fresh perspective on the love story which still causes a flutter in the heart. The students have put their mind into the sets, as is visible from the way the sets have been laid out. The whole set is a grid, marked by jungle bars where gangs exhibit their powers. The play of love and hatred continues, and interestingly so because the play had two Romeos and two Juliets.

The director explains, “In order to provide as many opportunities to students to act and grapple with the text, we have two Romeos, and two Juliets. Each character does two scenes within the same evening. I believe this mid-play shifting of characters is possible because Romeo and Juliet is an archetypal and a very popular love story.” As for the set, it certainly demands a lot of physical work which students don’t mind putting in. They jump around the ropes, and take tremendous physical risks.

The production resulted from three workshops that were conducted with the students over few weeks. The theme work has been developed entirely through improvisations that the students did on character, action and costume. The director has attempted to contemporaries the text by stressing the many languages that Shakespeare used.

The range is apparent — from profoundly poetic to the slangy and vulgar. The director has also used the performance, the costume and the music that students brought in while they worked on the text.

Shows of the play will be on at the Studio Theatre, Department of Indian Theatre, PU, till May 14; 7 pm. TNS


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