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Scientific mind keen to pursue research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Sheer curiosity in general science has led to the numerous merits of Ish Dhand, Class XI non-medical student of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41-B, Chandigarh.

The 17-year-old’s most recent achievement was receiving the prestigious KVPY Fellowship-2006, under the scheme Kishore Vigyanik Protsahan Yojna.

“It feels great to be selected. It is a very prestigious competition and I am interested in research so that is important to me,” Ish said.

He was the sole candidate to be selected for the fellowship from Chandigarh, and one of only 95 candidates to be selected out of the 11,000 who were shortlisted.

This programme was established by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to assist students of basic sciences, engineering and medicine to realise their potential and take up research careers in these fields.



Ghazal maestro enthrals
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 18
Prominent ghazal and playback singers Vinod Sehgal and Brijesh Ahuja regaled the audience at a charity musical concert held at the auditorium of Saint Stephen School here today.

The programme organised by the Ozanam Home Society Mohali, an affiliate of the St. Vincent De Paul International Organisation was aimed at creating awareness and generosity for the elderly besides garnering support for the construction of an old age home at Tipra near Kalka.

Ghazal maestro Vinod Sehgal appearing as a guest artist cast a spell as he doled out hit numbers from his serials and films. The lyricism of great poets like Mirza Ghalib and Basher Badder found its true expression in his mellifluous voice. Be it 'Hain aur bhi duniyan mein sukhanvar bahut ache..', 'Agar talassh karun koi mil hi jayega, or 'Aankhon mein rha dil mein utar kar nahin dekha'. He had to oblige the audience for his hit songs from films “Machis”, “Long da Lishkara” and albums.

Hailed as the Mohammad Rafi of the region , a versatile actor and composer Brijesh Ahuja mesmerized the audience with ghazals immortalised by K L Saighal, Talat Mehmood , Mukesh and Rafi.



Miniature painting camp at Kalagram
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 18
As many as 12 artists from Jaipur and Chamba participated in the third miniature painting camp organized by NZCC at Kalagram. Working on the historical and classical theme of ' Raag Mala' the artists employed their individual traits and experience to delineate their conception in colours.

The works by Chamba painters eulogizing the religious sanctity of spiritual philosophy and saga of sacrifice by Sikh Gurus had been immaculately illustrated. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, acclaimed artist Vijay Sharma opined that art was a personal creation and the artist as such created new symbols to express his perception of a particular subject through any medium of aesthetic creation. The series of miniature paintings on Gurus and 'Raag Mala', a depiction of moods of various Indian classical music ragas, all treated in mineral and metallic colors are vying with each other for appreciation. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prikshit, Anshu Mohan Abhishek , Mukesh and Dhani Ram are the other contributors to the treasure of aesthetic excellence.

Vijay Sharma lamented that genuine artists had no patronage from the government or then corporate sector except a few but hailed the art societies of the USA, London, Germany , Singapore and Switzerland for sponsoring his dozen programmes of lecture demonstration in alien lands. “With a view to infuse the true essence in 'Raag Mala' paintings, I had to learn classical music for 10 years,” he maintained.

With a family legacy in the realm of painting, the Jaipur-based painting maestros Kanhaiya Lal Verma and Kailash Chand Sharma had taken up the delineation of complex themes. The paintings titled 'Ragini Bhopali', 'Asavari' 'and 'Bhori' made on the 'sangneri paper' exude the fragrance of respective principal ragas. Besides Kailash Chand Tewari, Bhanwar Lal Umavat and Vijay Verma from Jaipur had sculpted pieces of artistry.



Elderly don the Valentine spirit
Tribune News Service

A scene from the Valentine function held for senior citizens at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh
A scene from the Valentine function held for senior citizens at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 18
For once, there was some sparkle in store for senior citizens of the city who gathered at Tagore Theatre in huge numbers to see some of their own participate in a unique and interesting show. The occasion was a Valentine bash for the elderly and the spirits were high, really high.

A major part of the show was put together by members of Jajobars -- a group of youngsters who have vowed to make the lives of their grandparents happy and fun-filled. So here they were -- acting, dancing, singing and making a success of the show which they aptly titled "Mohabbat ke Manzar".

The genesis of the show was simple, as convener of Jajobars Gurjot Shan put it: "We wanted the show to be exhilarating and special. So we decided to do it our way. It was all about putting together bits and pieces of an elderly couple's life."

And it really turned out in interesting shades. The crux of the show was -- love in the life of elders. And this simple but beautiful fact was shown by way of a film in which Ms and Mr Birinder Pannu from the city acted. Sans frills and froth, the film concentrated on the minutest details of the couple's lives -- how they grew up, where they went to school, what their college days were all about, how they met and how they finally fell in love. The bliss of matrimony was also showcased in the film that ran on the projector as the young members of Jajobars enacted the truths of the elderly couple on stage.

They improvised the sequences well. So when you had the couple talk about their college days on screen, you had the youngsters appear on stage to put together the sequence from college days. The extravaganza was simply ingenuous and the gathering seemed to enjoy every bit of it.

By the end of the show, the valentine spirit was reigning supreme at the venue and one could actually overhear the elderly recall their old times in hushed tones. They seemed eager to declare that they too "were (and are) in love".



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