Jhanda Sahib gets back its aura
A team of ASI experts and artists have carried out restoration work on 2,736 sq m and hope to complete the remaining work by the year-end
Neena Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 4
In a first of its kind initiative, Dehradun based Science department of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has preserved and restored Mural paintings dating back to 17 and 18 century at 'Darbar Sahib'. 

Also known as Jhanda Sahib, a seat of Udasi sect established by Guru Ram Rai, son of the Guru Har Rai Ji, the seventh Sikh Guru. Guru Ram Rai was ex-communicated by the Sikh Clergy. He established his headquarters here after getting land from raja of Tehri on the recommendation of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. It was his Dera in doon valley that grew into Dehradun town. Every year after the fifth day of holi, thousands of pilgrims congregate to observe Jhanda fair.

A repository of secular cultural ethos the private heritage site is in use as the seat of present Mahant and houses Samadhis of Guru Ram Rai and his wives making it all the more difficult for the conservators to take on the restoration work where the norms set up by the ASI may be in slight variation.

When the ASI undertook work in 2004 with a budget of 20 lakh, the task before them was both challenging and difficult as deterioration had already set in, "many paintings were already destroyed others had soot and bird droppings and carelessly white washed with lime, several of them could not be recovered", informed Madhusudan Uniyal, assistant superintendent, Archaeology Chemists.

So far the team of ASI chemists and artists have carried restoration work on 2736 sqm of visible area and hope to complete the remaining work by the year end. "It is a challenging job to preserve a living heritage and a private building, if it had been declared an ASI protected monument from the very beginning, ravages wrought on by weather and passage of time could have been arrested ", informed Uniyal.

However, all is not lost for the Jhanda Sahib which is visited by lakhs of tourists, the efforts have started showing result, though several visitors have been wonder struck at the bright hues that old paintings have suddenly acquired, "since it is a living heritage, the owners advice was primary, complete colour reintegration was undertaken but nothing was done so as to spoil the antiquity of murals. While taking up restoration work at the ASI protected buildings colour integration is not carried only matching is undertaken. At the entrance of the gate, there is a painting of Ravana with ten heads, its colours were matched but missing arms were not added", opined Sunil Chaudhri, art conservator (ASI).

The ASI has also carried out a unique water seepage treatment on ceilings, of Jhanda Sahib. "Ceiling at Bhai Bhalo Darwaza had water seepage problem, most of the paintings were destroyed due to micro vegetation growth, water repellant was used along with the water tightening and proofing agent, this has helped in containing the seepage," informed Uniyal.

Local historian, B.P. Kamboj, who has carried indepth study of the paintings, says that the paintings were executed under the steward ship of Tulsi Ram and a group of artists at different times. Mughal character is all pervasive, with strong influences of Pahari and Rajasthani styles of paintings that may have influenced the artists who hailed from Delhi.

Of particular importance is the tempera technique that the artists used for the inlay work and paintings, "This technique was use in India, primarily because of the weather condition that consists of intense summers and rains, the material used by the artists was of high quality, to this day several paintings are intact despite the unsuitable conditions", informed Uniyal.

If weather has been unkind to the work of Art so have been the visitors who scribble graffiti, we have managed to remove several of them, but our work comes unstuck when they return with a vengeance the next day," rued Uniyal



Soccer academy with a difference
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 4
There is a need to provide infrastructure and good coaching to the children in rural areas. There is a lot of talent in India, especially rural areas but just because of lack of specialised coaching and infrastructure, India is not able to produce good soccer players.
Anjali Shah, Marketing director of Premier India FootballSome years back, Lalit Modi, who is the chief of Indian Premier League (IPL), had given a proposal to the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) to start a premier league for football. But unfortunately the proposal was rejected

— Anjali Shah, Marketing director of Premier India Football

Academy (PIFA), Mumbai

Expressing these views, Anjali Shah, marketing director of Premier India Football Academy (PIFA), Mumbai, who had organised a Football coaching camp at Unison World School football ground said that government should pay attention towards providing requisite infrastructure and expert coaching to the football players in India.

While claiming that PIFA aims to make student a better player using the latest international training methods, Shah said at PIFA each age group has its own specialised method of training in a fun environment. It is pertinent to mention that PIFA has an UEFA "B" licensed coach and AFC "C" licensed coach.

  • Fun environment
  • Latest training methods
  • Mini games to boost players’ confidence

"Children are encouraged to develop their skills and to enhance their ability to their advantage.  Adapting to different game conditions and make quick decisions. Mini games help children to cope in competitive match situation and build their confidence", disclosed Shah, adding that PIFA was set up primarily to improve the standard of football in India.

Informing that PIFA camps are for children of all caliber ranging from 8-18 years. "At each camp the children are accompanied by staff from India who look after the children round the clock, thus helping them to focus entirely on the training and enjoy their camp", she revealed, adding that so far PIFA had organised camps for over 1000 children.



Meanwhile, UK soccer academy organises coaching camp at Unison
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 4
The Second International Football coaching camp organised by the coaches of Inspire Academy, England in collaboration with Premier India Football Academy (PIFA), Mumbai concluded at Unison World School football ground, here today evening. In the two day camp, 32 girl students from Unison World School and ten from Hope Town Girls School learned various skills to become a professional soccer player.

Speaking to The Tribune, Sean Clancy, who is coaching the Liverpool FC Academy and has played Left Back for Blackpool, Southport, Burscough in UK and for MLF team, DFW Tornados, USA said that there is no dearth of talent in India. "What is required is to provide proper training to the budding footballers, so that they can become good players", he asserted.

Clancy further said that during the camp, besides training, emphasis was laid on making the players aware about the importance of healthy and nutritious diet. The other coach Gary Judge, who is also FA coach from Liverpool disclosed that objective of the camp is to help the children learn and enjoy themselves. "It is a great learning process for them and a huge step to make them independent", he added.

Both Clancy and Judge told that during the camp, participants were briefed about the importance of nutrition, warming up and cooling down, adding, "The match day anxieties were also discussed. Children also learned how to motivate each other and be a good team player."

The coaches told that in order to produce best players, age specific training is required. "Training to a five year old can not be same as that of 18 years old. If a kid is asked to warm up by taking rounds of the ground, he/she will not able to handle the stress, which increases chances of dropout. Hence, specialised training, according to the age group is must", opined Clancy.

Clancy and Judge further said that it is important to ensure that child doesn't get bored. "The need is to generate the interest of kids in the game and impart coaching in a professional manner", they added.



Maj Gen S.K. Singh visits RIMC
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 4
With a view to motivate young cadets to join the Armed Forces, Maj Gen S.K. Singh, a spirited Rimcollian of Pratap Section, visited Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), his alma mater, here yesterday.

While addressing the cadets he felt nostalgic, vividly remembering the days spent in the alma mater. He was a happy blend of humility and confidence and expressed his gratitude towards his ex-masters, especially R.C. Singhal.

He highlighted the point that Rimcos as well as Rimcollians should outshine everywhere to live up to the expectations of everyone.

Col H. Dharmarajan, SM Commandant RIMC, presented him a memento while Maj Gen S.K. Singh presented the Chronicle of the Southern Command. 




Parking of vehicles is a big problem in Dehradun. After becoming a state capital, Dehradun has become a hub for all kind of offices and activities. Sometimes we go to the main market and we have to wait for a long to find a parking space. Administration should work on making new parking spaces. They also find new designs that can adjust as many as vehicles. 

The purchasing power of everybody grown and therefore the number of vehicles are increasing everyday. Every house has a four vehicle, nowadays. You go to any main spot of the city, you will stuck in a long traffic jam for sure. Infact, I have also witnessed people are openely flaunting traffic rules and even they are not afraid of entering the ‘no entry’ zone. 

Public is also at a fault somewhere, as they don’t want to move on two-wheeler and move on their cars only even of they are not traveling too far. I must say that as long as administration is finding a solution for parking, we the public of Dehradun must be little aware and should try to use our vehicles as less as possible. This will lessen the problem and will also help in reducing the pollution. i would also request the public to follow traffic rules and uses lesser vehicles. 

Suresh, Dehradun

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