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Satish Kadian P’kula Bar chief
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 11
Mr Satish Kadian has been elected president of the Panchkula District Bar Association for the third time. He defeated his nearest rival by 108 votes.

The other two candidates for the post of president — Mr Rajiv Gupta and Mr Vivek Bhatia — polled 77 and 23 votes, respectively, from a total of 287 votes. Mr Satbir Singh was elected secretary with 180 votes, against Mr Ved Bhushan who got 105 votes.

Mr Pramod Mahajan was elected unopposed as vice-president and Ms Priya Goel as joint secretary. Besides, Mr Vikram Singh Chauhan, Mr B.K. Badhran, Ms Jyoti Bala and Mr Ravi Kant were elected as executive members.



Film Review
‘Parineeta’ exudes old world charm
Rama Sharma
Tribune News Service

Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt star in highly recommended ‘Parineeta’
Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt star in highly recommended ‘Parineeta’

The ‘Parineeta’ director pleases us with a tempered approach. The original classic of Bengal writer Sarat Chandra Chattophadhyay has been dramatised to a big extent. The 1960 Calcutta canvas takes away the original flavour of the novel

Vidya Balan plays the loveable character of Lolita with élan. Her pure charm pervades the screen. Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan) is her love. They are checkmated by the money of Shekhar’s father, Navin (Sabyasachi Chakraborty), a businessman. Through pain, their love transforms. It moves you many times. But it leaves you just when you want it more-towards the end.

The viewers are taken to a nostalgia trip, created by good sets . Saif is the one with whom you can fall in love easily. He is narrative’s corridor to sixtys’ love. not so perfect, but endears. This agony-ridden youth leans on the script to come out victorious. He outdo Sanjay Dutt here.

Another character, Girish, enacted by sturdy Sanjay Dutt comes to life , revolving around Lolita’s poverty. Sanjay has love in his eyes. Love in his spirits. Still love evades him.

Rekha, limited to a hotel number, is a surprise sizzler. Her magma ignites.

The 2005 Sharat Chandra, reinvented by first-timer director Pradeep Sarkar, now has a reason to feel happy. Though altered, but his potential to surpass the material and arrive at truth still remains.Pradeep has made ‘Parineeta’ more vital to pander to us contemporaries.



Physicians turn musicians
S.D. Sharma

A group of music making physicians and surgeons administered a heavy dose of melodious music to inquisitive audience at Panchkula’s fully-packed Yavanika open air theatre in the eighth annual musical bonanza presented by dedicated doctors under the aegis of Pardeep Medical Centre, Panchkula. Supported by the heavy orchestration by Jhankar musical group they spelt the magical melodies immortalized by the legends Lata and Kishore much to the delight of the listeners in thousands, many of them imitating and singing in unison with the lead artists.

The programme director, Dr Pardeep Bhardwaj, a local allergy specialist, opened up the soiree with ‘Aa chall ke tujhe..’ followed by another hit ‘Pal bhar ke liye’ from Dr Suman of Ludhiana. The noted guitarist physician, Dr Rahul Das, who was a member of leading band in London, echoed the Style of Kishoe Kumar in ‘Ye jo mohabbat hai’ while his life partner, doctor Veenu Das, expressed love for him in the next song’ Piya bin..’ Dr Ravi Sharma rushed all the way from Jalandhar to render ‘Kehna hai..’ while Abdul presented ‘Rafta Rafta’.

More amateur artists, including those who qualified for the show after an audition test last month, too, gave solo and duet performances. Prominent participants, besides the medicos, who regaled the crowd in the repertoire of 26 songs included Kumar Sajan, Vishwas Bhardwaj, Pardeep Kumar, Rekha, Kanchan, Garima, Teenu and Pariyanka.

Jainendera Singh of AIR enlivened the mega show with crisp commentary. Earlier, Dr Pardeep Bhardwaj welcomed the chief guest, Dr G. Munjhal and Mr Satpal Garg who presided over the show.



Comedy is Sooraj Thapar’s forte
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 11
The room lights up when he enters for he has this unique ability to make people smile, or rather break into laughter. That’s Sooraj Thapar, theatre and television actor, whose forte is comedy.

In town as chief guest on the finale of the summer camp organised by ‘The Gurukul’, the actor, who shot to fame as the ‘bad guy’ in the original teenage flick, ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’, tells us how he chose comedy by chance. He had a brief stop over in the city, while on his way to Ludhiana, where his play “A Perfect Husband” is being staged tomorrow. This play, with Poonam Dhillon as the opposite lead, has got numerous rave reviews.

“I had not made a deliberate foray into comedy. I somehow acted in comedy plays and that is how this tag of a comedian got stuck with me. Of the 18 plays that I have done so far, 12 of them have been comedies. But then, it is more of the comedy plays that bring in the moolah to theatres,” he reasons.

But why did films elude him, inspite of a great break in “Jo Jeeta...”, we ask? “Somehow, things never materialised in Bollywood. Plus I have always liked a more meticulous work set up, which is possible only in theatre and television. So, it suits me fine,” he says. And considering the success of his plays like “Hadh Kar Di Apne” and “Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon” , which had more than 150 runs, we couldn’t disagree. His television serials- ‘Hum Saat Aath Hain’ , “Daraar’, “Thodi se Bewafai” and “Ajnabee”- too, have gone down well with the audiences.

So, what is next? “As of now, “A Perfect Husband” is taking most of my time. After a one-and-a-half-month tour of the USA, we will be going to the UK later this month. Besides, I am shooting for a Pakistani serial, “Mujhe Mere Saale se Bachao”, where Kader Khan plays my brother in law. This serial will be aired in Pakistan and Dubai and hope to make Pakistanis laugh at our antics. Two other theatre productions are also on the cards,” he says, as he signs off, and gets talking with the children, explaining the nuances of comedy, and answering the secret of how he manages to do good comedy.



Pammi Bai to perform at Press Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
As part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Chandigarh Press Club, a cultural evening featuring renowned Punjabi pop singer Paramjit Pammi (Pammi Bai), will be organised on the club premises tomorrow at 8 pm for the club members and their families.



Infusing life into stones
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

A work executed by M.A. Srikhandan that now adorns Victoria’s Way, a theme and philosophy park at Wicklow in Ireland.
A work executed by M.A. Srikhandan that now adorns Victoria’s Way, a theme and philosophy park at Wicklow in Ireland.

M A. Srikhandan never misses the pulse of a stone that comes under his care. As a master sculptor based in the temple city of Mahabalipuram, he grew up on nostalgic narrations about the birth and growth of temples.

Fascinated by the tales of the times when royals lavished attention and funds on temples, Srikhandan went out his way to find out what made the art of building so special. His answers came earlier than expected, so much so that he began believing he was born to build. And the belief never let him down.

Today, he is among the few best rated sculptors of the South and the only one besides the famous T. Bhaskaran to be handpicked by the Government of Ireland to design a theme and philosophy park there.

Built as a place of recluse, the park, Victoria’s Way, is inspired by all that is spiritual in the modern sense of the word. So the Ganesha sculpture is seen playing Uileann pipes or even dancing, at times. The park offers a wonderful blend of the modern and the traditional. It comprises 10 sculptures from India — all based on mythological themes and executed by Srikhandan along with Bhaskaran.

Adorning Victoria’s Way, these sculptures were modelled and carved at a workshop held in Mahabalipuram under the guidance of Bhaskaran. The park, which was completed recently, now consists of 12 stone carvings, four bronzes and a 30-tonne gate, designed by Indian artists.

Among the best works on display at the park are the four-tonne Ganesha playing Uileann pipes, Buddha fasting for enlightenment and another work titled “Birth”. All works are deeply inspired by a sense of belongingness to the Supreme. Says Srikhandan, “The most difficult sculpture to execute was the eight-foot-high idol of dancing Ganesha. Showing motion in stone was not a cakewalk. One had to channelise every bit of one’s sculpting energy to create the kind of impact that was desired.”

But we succeeded, thanks to the art of temple building which we studied as children.

Situated at Wicklow in Ireland, the park attempts a fine fusion of Indian and Irish sculpting styles. Tells Srikhandan, who recently attended a sculpture workshop organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) at Kalagram, “The six Irish sculptures are fashioned to recall the Victorian era. Coupled with them are the mythological works from India. You find everything in the park — from Ganesha to Buddha, but you find the icons in unexpected moulds.”

Back home in Mahabalipura, Srikhandan is busy keeping the temple art alive along with two friends. Together they have formed a group called Creative Sculptors and they practice profusely…for the sake of stone!



Captivating ghazal show

Ghazals like “Peeni hai agar shraab toh dastoor se piyo” and “Roko na meinu sharabi haan yaro..” by the Amritasr-based Ustad Laal Raza induced intoxication in the ambience of the Fragrance Garden during the Sham-E-Ghazal programme organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration in association with the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) today.

Lal Raza, in his repertoire of a dozen compositions, presented the diverse themes of romanticism, Sufiana and philosophical content besides some popular ghazals commemorated by legendary singers. Accompanied by Deepak on tabla, he doled out more numbers like ‘Mein boond haan sagar haan, Bikhre se nazar aa rahe ho’ and Bulle Shah’s ‘Uthh gye gwaandon yaar’. Shyam Juneja of CIPA compered the programme. Similarly another largely attended captivating programme ‘Sham de rang tuhade sang’ held at the Sukhna Lake has become a feature of the weekend. The intrusive audience relishes the cultural events which bring alive the cultural heritage of the region. Such programmes envisaged by the Chandigarh Administration as per the direction of the Governor and Administrator are aimed at creating a cultural environment within the ambit of our tradition in the city. — OC



Runa De’s enchanting show
S.D. Sharma

The reigning vocalist of the Agra gharana, Runa De, was the veritable choice to do honors for the continuous 100th monthly baithak of classical music by the Parcheen Kala Kendra. The five day celebration utsav was dedicated to the memory of social figures Lal Mela Ram and Ishar Kaur. The music aficionados of the classical music had relished the baithaks lit up with vocal, instrumental music performances and were eager to watch the special soiree wherein Runa De enchanted them . While her delectable rendering of ragas was a treat to the ears her performing style with display of emotional gestures was a treat to the eyes.

Runa gave a majestic start to the this evening’s recital with Raga Kedar in vilambit teen taal as after a brief alaap she presented a bandish , ‘Ban thhan aayi” before moving on to “Tum sundar chatur naar...” in drut and set to ek taal. She was at her best with ‘Tarana’, and the audience burst into admiration, imbibing the quickening of the pace.

Her next presentation ‘Skahi mori ruum jhuum’ in Raga Durga set to ‘Madhya laya and jhap taal’ had been sung by many but her own style easily proved her adherence to tradition in a mellifluous classic manner.

After taking her pick from tappa, thumri and dadra, she settled for the form most suited to the occasion.

The grand finale came with a soulful rendition of a bhajan.

Runa was ably accompanied by Mehmood on the tabla while Neeraj Gandhi on harmonium. Kendra Director ML Koser honoured the artist and thanked the august audience.

Earlier talking to Chandigarh Tribune she disclosed that she had been initiated into the realm of classical music by her sister, Tanima Thakur, before she was in the tutelage of Sunil Bose and Subra Bose of Agra gharana. An honours graduate she had been credited with performances on the top music festivals of India. A strong proponent of music she owes her career to her husband Dr Jatin De who runs an NGO at Lucknow.



Kids’ workshop in instrumental music

Chandigarh, June 11
Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, organised two summer workshops, one for vocal and instrumental music where the students are being taught the nuances of voice modulation and playing the casio and harmonium.

Another workshop on public speaking and personal grooming is being conducted where students are being trained in communication skills in English. Master your anger, steps to a more confident you and time management are some of the aspects of personality grooming being stressed upon.

The workshops will conclude on June 25. — TNS


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