Sports in the
During the recent Congress vs Akali-BJP cricket match at Mohali, the camera mainly focused on politicians. It panned occasionally the physically challenged invitees
fifth edition of
annual music awards telecast on ETC Punjabi on March 18 once
again raises the issue of their utility to the region. Like
umpteen award-giving set-ups in Hindi cinema, is this one too an
exercise in self-promotion by the organisers? How do these
awards help genuine talent? And, if the purpose is really to
promote artistes in Punjab, then music needs the least support.
Going by what one sees, rather misses, on the small screen is
drama, documentary and movies that should be given a leg-up.
Its a clich`E9 but television
is a powerful medium and cricket a great
crowd-puller-cum-opiate; further, Twenty20 is the latest craze
if only for the fact that the men in blue are current world
champs in this version. This potent combination didnít go
unexploited by Punjabís politicos. They held a Congress XI
versus Akali-BJP XI T20 match at Mohali, which was duly telecast
by Zee Punjabi. Although the camera understandably focused
largely on politicians and partly on spectators, it also panned
occasionally the physically challenged invitees to buttress the
organisersí claim that they were holding a charity match.
But this wasnít the only
reason touted for the show. Then there was this news clipping of
Punjabís sportspersons being honored. All one saw was a less
than 10-second shot of happy recipients and more than a
minute-long footage of a garlanded Sukhbir Badal being honoured
by an official.