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UGC-NET aspirants protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
UGC-NET aspirants and members of the Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust, an NGO engaged in creating UGC-NET awareness among students, organised a candlelight protest here last night.

Raising slogans against the University Grants Commission (UGC), the students took out the procession from the Gandhi Smarak Bhavan, Sector 16, to Sector 17.

Those who had qualified the test for junior research fellowship (JRF), but were not getting scholarship because of the delay on the part of the UGC, also participated in the protest.

The students alleged that because of the lop-sided policies of the commission, UGC-NET aspirants had been facing a lot of problems.

As per UGC norms, the result of the previous test was usually declared before the last date of submission of forms for next test.

The UGC had not been declaring results in time for the last two tests and successful candidates had to pay fee for the next exam.

Prof D.C. Kataria, an expert on the UGC-NET exam, alleged that the UGC was engaged in collecting funds in a wrong manner.

He demanded that the UGC refund the examination fee of those students who had qualified it in December 2004 and June 2005.

Meanwhile, certain JRF candidates alleged that because of the delay in payment of scholarship, many candidates were leaving PhD in between.

They added that certain students in Panjab University had been still running from pillar to post to get scholarship.

The UGC had been making frequent changes in syllabus and pattern without giving enough time to students, Professor Kataria stated, demanding that adequate time be given to students so that they could gather study material and prepare for the test.



JNU prof discusses changing rural scenario
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
The Society for the Study of Geo-Politics, Chandigarh, today organised a special lecture on “Changing contemporary rural India — a geo-political perspective”. The key speaker on the occasion was Prof Dipankar Gupta, an eminent sociologist from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Addressing the audience, Professor Gupta touched upon the changing rural scenario in the country. According to him, the socio-economic compulsions faced by the farmers/agriculturists have changed the face of rural India. This, according to him, could be attributed to various factors like the disintegration of the joint family system, migration to urban centres, onslaught of media, among others.

Citing various examples from personal experiences, Professor Gupta said the current rural India is collapsing, leading to what he termed as “Agrarian Implosion”. He added that the growing disinterest in farming could be easily gauged from rural women demanding educational rights and men seeking jobs in the city. The changed vision and imagination has also resulted from the development of agrarian politics, said Professor Gupta.

The fact about the marked cultural detachment with the upper caste people by those from the low caste category in rural areas was also highlighted by the professor. This, he said, had led to a virtually non-existent vote bank in rural India. Sharing statistics with the audience, Profesor Gupta said that about 50 per cent of the rural households in Punjab, Haryana and Kerala draw income from various non-agrarian activities. He also informed that there was an ever-increasing upward trend in rural migration, and though being a farmer, the same individual is indulging in everything else but farming. Professor Gupta drew the attention of the audience towards disturbing facts like high rate of farmers' suicide and increasing desperation for jobs.

The seminar concluded with Professor Gupta emphasising on the fact that the growing change will have far-reaching implications on generations to come and the solution lies not in land reforms but the possibilities of building agrarian business and the inclusion of the farmer as a value addition should be explored.



A day dedicated to parents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Mat Pita Santan Divas, a unique way of celebrating Parents Day, a annual regular feature of Dev Samaj College of Education 36 - B was celebrated here today.

Dr (Ms) Satinder Dhillon, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest, Kumari Satyawati, the chairperson of the college, Mr Bains, the Coordinator NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mr Amarnath, Principal (retd), parents and other members of Dev Samaj.

Speaking on the occasion she said prospective teachers have the responsibility to imbibe and transmit good values and traditions in their students so that they can develop emphatic feelings not only for their family but also for society and for the country.

The function started with a bhajan sung by the teachers and students of Dev Samaj College of Education ‘‘Shradha Bhajan Mat Pita ji...’’.

A skit based on the theme was also performed by the children of Janata Colony which was prepared by the Dean of the college, Ms Jyoti Khanna, in collaboration with the NSS Wing of Panjab University, Chandigarh.



No shortcut to excellence, says music maestro
SD Sharma

Panchkula, April 16
Three Padma Shri honours bestowed on members of one family alone, for the promotion and propagation of musical arts, is undeniably a testimony to the brilliance of the maverick musical genius of Pandit Vinaychandra Mudgal, his dazzling danseuse daughter Madhvi Mudgal and illustrious son Madhup Mudgal.

Sharing the success mantra of this unique tradition of excellence maintained by the family, eminent vocal maestro Madhup Mudgal told TNS that there is no shortcut to achieve proficiency in any realm of fine arts.Patience, training, strenuous practice and, of course, music sensibility are the factors to cultivate an artiste in you, says Madhup, who had been transformed to vocal classicism from a “Beatle” fan by legends like Pandit Jasraj and music wizard Kumar Gandharav, besides his father.

Madhup was in city to give vocal performance at the invitation of the Gandharva Mahavidyala here today.

He was candid while commenting on gharanas, which he feels induce in you a sense discipline, responsibility to practise music in specified norms with zeal and honesty and never inhibit you to imbibe the finer nuances of other gharanas. Looking at the spurt in classical music lovers and learners is indeed inspiring but in an endeavour to propagate the classical music, artistes and promoters are sacrificing traditional purity and fundamental nuances of our music, which might lead to an alarming situation later, opines Madhup.

Madhup had given solo performances and successfully composed and presented the Gandharv musical choir of 30 Indian artistes at the Lincoln Centre NY in 1972 , Phillipines in 1981, Hungary , Poland and other venues.

My compositions like “CD on Ragas”, produced by Arisco Brazil, clearly retained the essence of Indian ragas in my fusion works with ingredients of Brazilian folklore “Sambha” and their rhythmic patterns executed by 40 Brazilian percussionists and musicians.

He has performed in fusion concerts with eminent jazz musicians, Paula Moura and Harmeto Pascoal in Brazil, which he calls a learning experience.



Captivating musical show by Madhup Mudgal
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 16
Unlike Chandigarh, there is a rarity of classical music programmes held in Panchkula and Mohali. So it was obvious to find a large number of music aficionados converging on the Gandharva Mahavidalya for a musical treat by renowned maestro Padma Shri Madhup Mudgal.

Mudgal took the centrestage to weave a magical spell of musical notes of evening raga “Bhim Palasi”. He opened with an elaborate “alaap”, delving briefly into lower “saptak” before rending the “Vilambat” (slow tempo) composition “Naad sujaan in ek taal”. He chose to sing a captivating “taraana” in fast tempo set to “teen taal” and also a “chhota khyaal” “Odaan mere ghar aao”, again in “teen taal”.

Madhup then presented one of oldest ragas in the repository of classical ragas “raag shree” with a spell in “Vilamabta teen taal” before unfolding the melody of popular raga “bhoplai” with a composition “Neend na aaye in madhya laya and teen taal”. He also sang a complex raga “Shudh Kalyan” in a typical tranquil mood “Maanat dil at”. His versatility in attempting ragas with special intricate nuances was perceptible as he rendered raga “Mishar kadfi nari kahat katha”, ably supported by his daughter Savani Mudgal, back after a series of performances in Brazil.

Madhup concluded the concert with raga “Khamaj” and a captivating composition “Chal aawat shyam”. He was accompanied by Pitamber on harmonium, Ravi Joshi and Savani Mudgal (vocal support and taan pura), and Shambu Parshad on tabla.

Earlier, senior artistes of Gandaharva Vidyalaya, led by Prof Rajni Bhalla, Aditya, Adamya, Meenu and Gopal presented Sarswati Vandana. Anita Sharma, director, Gandharav Mahavidalya, welcomed the guests.



“Mirch Masala Nite” a big draw
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 16
The fully packed Yavanika open-air theatre reverberated with excitement as a strong crowd of music lovers cheered the competitors in a mega dance and music extravaganza “Mirch Masala Nite”, organised by choreographer Jatin Bawa and associates, here today.

Fifty solo and group dancers, shortlisted after preliminary rounds, vied for laurels in 13 categories in the grand finale, which continued till late evening.

The audience eagerly waited for the star performers of the evening and welcomed Mumbai-based comedian Johny Fever and singer Rinku Kalia, the national winner of the “Sa Re Ga Ma” competition. Rinku delighted the crowd with choicest songs. She modulated her voice with consummate ease. Her songs like “Ye sama , sama ye pyaar ka, Rangeel Re..,Chura liya hai tum ne” and the intoxicating “Dam maaro dam…” enthralled the audience.

Johny Fever produced mimicry items with themes close to life experiences of a common man. Noted tabla maestro Debashish Dhar won applause in an altogether different role of an anchor.


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