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PEC students gear up for off-road vehicle contest
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
A 10-member team of third-year students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Sector 12, is participating in the 2007 SAE India Mini-BAJA Design Competition to be held at Indore from December 19 to 24. As many as 27 teams will participate in the event.

Full of vigour and determination, the team, which is busy giving finishing touches to an off-road vehicle at ESS PEE Industries Workshop, Industrial Area, shared its maiden experience with The Tribune.

Team leader Anant Puri said, “The purpose of this project is to design and build an off-road vehicle and to simulate a real world engineering project. Based on computer-aided designing (CAD), this vehicle has been manufactured using semi-skilled labour and standard machine tools.”

On finance for the project, Anant said, “The engine, which otherwise is used in running a generator set, has been sponsored by Lombardini and gear box by Mahindra and Mahindra. These two companies are the official sponsors for all 27 teams, but Swaraj Tractors is exclusively sponsoring us.”

These students say that if they get help for further research and development for this project, they can work wonders.

The other team members are Akash Joshi, Ankit Mahajan, Balwinder Singh, Bharat Bhasin, Chanky Garg, Khagesh Kaushal, Kulraj Singh and Sanampreet Singh.



PU Notes

Results: Panjab University has declared the results of BA I, BSc I, BA III, MA I (Indian ancient history culture and archaeology), MA I (music vocal), BPEd II, MA II (public administration) and MA II (Sanskrit) examinations held in September, 2007.

Tributes paid: The syndicate and senate of PU expressed its sorrow and grief over the passing away of Lajpat Rai and paid homage to the departed soul. The vice-chancellor said, “A polite but firm administrator, he made a remarkable contribution to the functioning of various academic and administrative bodies as a fellow of the university since the year 2000.”

Condoled: The department of Hindi, in its meeting held today, condoled the death of eminent and progressive poet Tarlochan Shastri. Prof Neerja Sood, head of the department, presided over the meeting and said he gave a new direction to the modern poetry. Biadyanath Prasad, reader in the department, said he was not only a poet but also a great thinker. — TNS



Consumer Court
Maruti finance co fined for not issuing NOC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Citicorp Maruti Finance Ltd, New Delhi, has been directed by the District Forum-II to pay a compensation of Rs 27,000 for not issuing NOC and releasing papers of a financed vehicle even after the clearance of the loan.

R.K. Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 18, had taken a loan of Rs 70,000 for purchasing a car in 2001. He had given 36 post-dated cheques, which were duly encashed without default. The loan was cleared by May 2004.

Thereafter, the complainant asked for an NOC from the finance company. Counsel for the complainant contended that the company did not issue the NOC for three years and kept asking the complainant to collect it from its Delhi office. He argued that referring the complainant to the Delhi office was an act of harassment and mental torture, especially when the loan was taken at Chandigarh and the cheques were also encashed here.

The forum has directed the company to issue the NOC and release the papers within two months.



Hafta inspector gets 1-year RI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Demanding hafta from a tea-stall owner has landed a head constable Nachhattar Singh of the UT police in a soup. The CBI special judge, Jagdeep Jain, today sentenced him to a year’s rigorous imprisonment (RI) and impopsed a fine of Rs 1,000.

The complainant, Bindeshwari Prasad Shukla, ran a tea-stall in Sector 10. He alleged that the police post in the area was located at a distance of 100 metres from his stall where police officials at the police beat would relish free tea and paranthas. He told the CBI that whenever he demanded money, the officials would threaten him, saying they would register a false case against him.

A resident of Sector 26, Nachhattar Singh was deputed as head constable at the said post. Shukla stated that Nachhattar Singh, after taking free meals from him for two months, demanded Rs 300 per week as hafta. He also sought the amount for the previous two months.



Indian classical music endowed with serenity: Bhatt
S.D. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
“Endowed with celestial serenity, blissful melody and sublime character, the Indian classical music is eulogised as the medium through which gods converse and command”.

This is the opinion of International Grammy award winning legendary maestro, Padmashri Pandit Vishawmohan Bhatt, inventor and exponent of Mohan Veena.

If the legendary Sitar wizard Pandit Ravishanker is credited for his pioneering efforts to familiarise the world with the melodic opulence, emotive range and splendour of Indian classical music then his foremost disciple, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, had done him proud by authenticating its veracity and enrapturing the art lovers the world over. In the city, on the invitation of Pracheen Kala Kendra along with his versatile Sitarist disciple, Amita Dalal, the music doyen of Maihar gharana shared his views with the Tribune on the art music scenario.

Padmashri Pandit Vishawmohan BhattBack after winning top honour and accolades at the weeklong International guitar festival in Adelaide, where his disciple son Salil Bhatt partnered with him, the maestro is thrilled to see our music at its pinnacle of glory. The audience stormed the stage to greet us holding my Grammy winning album “Meeting by the River ”. It was not just our devotion and diligence but the rich edifice of our musical heritage founded and nurtured by the great Rishis, who endeavoured hard to project into it, the strivings of their lifelong evocative experiences in structuring the ragas.

But today the learners of classical music want an instant name and fame and never shun to change or opt for any adventurous guru, he rued disclosing a few instances. As they concentrate more on stagecraft and presentation techniques aimed at winning just ‘Wah Waah’, the very purity of music and sanctity of raga is sacrificed.

After ‘Meeting by the River’ with Ry Cooder, another album ‘Tabula Rosa’ recorded in, California church in October 1994, was nominated for a Grammy. Tunes from ‘A Meeting By The River’ and ‘Mumtaz Mahal’, were featured on the soundtracks of films, ‘Two Days In The Valley’ and the Oscar award-winning, ‘Dead Man Walking’. Bhatt, the skilled composer disclosed that he is fully dedicated to classical stream while all international honours have come just because of his 5 per cent contribution of time, but certainly backed with my lifelong devotion. My latest theme-based albums “Desert Slide” with Rajasthani folk singers, both the Langas and Manginyars, now released in London, had fetched the prestigious five-star rating. Giving a different dimension to compositions, I have blended the tarditioanl folk with classical music strains. But another album, a non-raga venture “Music for Romance’ composed by my disciple son Saurabh, had a fusion of Sexophone, Accoutic guitar, Sitar with Mohan Veena in the lead.

Asked about likely discrimination among blood related and other disciples, he was candid enough to agree that sometimes a guru may make preference for providing show opportunity to his kin, but there is no prejudice in imparting ‘taleem’, because disciples are chosen with meticulous care and responsibility by the Guru.

On creating new Veenas he smiles to indicate that innovative experiments like shows must go on. I had earlier created Vishav Veena, by modifying Mohan Veena with additional 15 strings and an Instrument with newer concept, is in the offing.



Sitar virtuoso enthrals
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, December 11
Ahmedabad-based sitar virtuoso Amita Dalal lived up to the expectations of her gurus Manju Behan Mehta and Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt (Grammy Award winner), who was also the chief guest, with a scintillating sitar recital at Pracheen Kala Kendra here today.

A bit conscious but not really nervous, Amita commenced the recital with raga jansamohini from the repertoire of Carnatic music. Amita was at her best while delineating the intricate but melodic notes of raga tilak shyam, invented and immortalised by her great guru Pandit Ravi Shanker. Prithvi Raj Mishra articulated the melody meter on tabla. Kendra director M.L. Koser welcomed the chief guest.

Earlier, talking to The Tribune Amita Dalal, a law graduate and acclaimed textile designer, said their industrialist family's close association with Pandit Ravi Shanker and his foremost disciples, now her gurus, inspired her to take up music. Slowly, the passion turned into commitment. “I am devoting much time to learn and guide students at my guru's Saptak school of music in Ahmedabad. A three-month interaction and performance contract at the Osaka Syoguyana Festival in Japan motivated me to accomplish more. In the blessed tutelage of my gurus, my being a late starter was no hurdle as my performances in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and India won rave reviews and respect in the music fraternity. I am striving hard to scale horizons,” she laughs.



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