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1500 DAV students attend shobha yatra
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
A shobha yatra was organised by the Kendriya Arya Sabha, Chandigarh, to mark 183rd birthday of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati here on Saturday.

The yatra started from Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 11, and concluded at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6.

Around 1500 students and teachers from DAV schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the yatra. Some social workers of the Arya Samaj also took part.

Students attired in saffron held placards depicting life and works of Maharishi Dayanad Saraswati.

The President of the Arya Kendriya Sabha, Mr Ravinder Talwar, hoisted the “Om” flag amidst chanting of vedic shlokas.

The celebrations will continue tomorrow at Arya Samaj, Sector 9.



Seminar on NRI brides
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
The Department of Laws, Panjab University, will hold a seminar on the issue of abandonment of NRI brides tomorrow. To be held at Golden Jubilee Hall, PU, the seminar will focus on the problems faced by 25 million NRIs living worldwide.

Although times have changed, family law legislations enacted by the Indian Parliament in 1955 and 1956 have left family laws for NRIs where they were. The result has been an influx of family law problems arising out of NRI marriages, with no practical solutions in the legislative enactments as they exist today.

To compound the problem, registration of marriages, which is optional under Hindu Family laws, has not been made compulsory in India. The result: multiple marriages by the NRI often without a previous divorce, invariably by duping the previous spouse and providing no maintenance to the abandoned wife and the unfortunate child of such union if any. Foreign divorce decrees are also not accepted by Indian Courts.

These and other related issues will come up for discussion at the seminar, where the inaugural session will be presided over by the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues, Mr Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, will deliver the inaugural address, while Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune will be a part of the panel discussion on the sensitive issues. The seminar will be held at 4.30 pm tomorrow.

To be Defending a matrimonial matter abroad sitting in India is an impossible task. Legal recourse in India is difficult, time consuming, expensive and complicated.



Psychology workshop

Chandigarh, February 12
Professor S.K. Kulkarni, Dean, University Instructions, Panjab University, inaugurated “Positive Psychology Workshop” here today. He emphasised the role of sharing, caring and loving in building families, organisations, nation and world order.

Prof Jitendra Mohan, president, Asian Centre for Excellence, conducted an experimental exercise of flow in developing creativity and self-optimisation. Dr Linely, Chairman, Centre of Applied Positive Psychology, Coventry, UK, conducted a workshop on “Strengths.” — TNS



Fun-filled play mesmerises kids
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, February 12
Adding an innovative dimension to the children theatre with meaningful entertainment 'The Ascent of Man-Part I' virtually mesmerised the school students at Tagore Theatre today. The musical entertainment event with historical and educational content was brought to the city by the Durga Das Foundation supported by the Chandigarh Tourism and the Tribune Group of Newspapers as the media sponsor.

The unique theatrical bonanza was conceived scripted and directed by Lushin Dubey and Bubbles Sabharwal , the thespian film actors of international eminence and also the pioneers of English theatre.

The play traces the evolution of civilisation since the inception of life through the fun-filled musical drama which kept the students drawn from various city schools, glued to their seats in perfect receptive mood.

'The Ascent of a Man' depicted the historical facts through various initiations by an inquisitive little history lover , Jessica Potter, the protagonist, to explore and authenticate the unknown.

The director borrowed the mythological and supernatural themes to illustrate the historical facts keeping the interest of the audience alive.

Over 25 artists between the age group of six to 26 years participated in the tricks, dances and actions. All of them maintained perfect timings but Jessica Malhotra, Gaurav Pahwa, Udit Nrayan and Ayesha Goyal excelled. The chiraoscuro effects by Jaspreet, muisc by Babush Joe Santana and choreography by Norbu Tshering augmented the level of production.



Lushin, Bubbles reinterpreting children theatre
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 12
"A fair measure of art should be introduced in curriculum at all levels of education with an emphasis on developing inborn creative potential of individuals " believe film actors Lushin Dubey and Bubbles Sabharwal.

Deeply involved in reinterpreting the role of performing arts, both the cousin sisters have brought a renaissance in children theatre activity. Lushin and Bubbles are gifted with the traits of a prolific writer, actor and director. Their long partnership is viewed in artistic circles as the union of intellect and innovative force.

In the city for staging a English play,”The Ascent of Man-I” , under the aegis of the Durga Das Foundation with the Tribune group of newspapers as media sponsor, the two talked to Chandigarh Tribune.

Credited with playing lead roles in six feature films, including the Canadian English productions- “Partition” and “Murder Unveiled” - Lushin Dubey had acted in several TV serials like “Rajdhani” and“Kashmir” besides producing and directing unique English theatre plays.

Lushin feels rejuvenated at being nominated for the prestigious Canadian Gemini International award for her classic role in “Murder Unveiled” premiered at the Singapore film festival.

But the theatre remains her first love as she recalls the adulation showered upon her way back in 1997 when her production, “Othello”,won the Edinburgh Fringe Fest and also for her portrayal of Desdemona.

The urge to do something more meaningful and explore the vibrant medium of theatre grew stronger in Bubbles Sabharwal.

“The concept of children theatre was based on our close study of the realities of life. Working with child artists is 10 times more difficult than the adult actors but it is really satisfying”, adds Bubbles.

“During theatre workshops, I have to act as a surrogate mother, caring for tiny tots” she laughs. Our more theatre projects, aimed at acquainting the children with country’s history and cultural traditions, are in the offing.The children theatre has not caught the fancy of theatre promoters and no patronage is coming forth but there exists a potential for its growth, adds Bubbles Sabharwal. 



Venue for Grammy's troupe's concert changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Ozomatli, the Grammy award-winning Latin hip hop music group from USA, which was scheduled to hold a concert at Rock Garden, will now perform at DAV College in Sector 10.



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