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The Flight of Innocence”and “Gudiya”- staged at Gaiety

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The magic of Oscar Wilde’s story The Nightingale and the Rose was bought alive on stage by Nav Yuvak Mandal in a form of a play that touched the hearts of all spectators and forced them to contemplate on the real meaning of Love on one hand where as another play “Gudiya” by Ab Theatre Group reflected on the modern day love where physical passions rule the situation.

For the theatre lovers this week Gaiety Theatre had lot to offer in the forms of two play that is “The Flight of Innocence” a play based on Oscar Wilde’s story The Nightingale and the Rose organized by Nav Yuvak Mandal, Bhalawog in association with Department of Language Art and Culture, Himachal, Vidyapeeth and H.P. State Aids Control Society on March 19 and 20 on one hand whereas on the other another play “Gudiya” by Ab Theatre Group, Shimla on March 22 and 23.

Both the plays had a common theme that is love but however the former was an allegorical fable of love, sacrifice and selfishness; just as with all of Wilde’s short stories this play too embodied strong moral values and is told with effervescence akin. It is the tale of a lovestruck student who must provide his lover with a red rose in order to win her heart. A nightingale overhearing his lament from a solitary oak tree is filled with sorrow and admiration all at once, and decides to help the poor young man.

She journeys through the night seeking the perfect red rose and finally comes across a rambling rose bush but alas, the bush has no roses to offer her. However, there is a way to MAKE a red rose, but with grave consequences.

However the latter reflected on the change of the physiology of any give female. The play dealt with evolution of character Gudiya over the years; changes as per natural law from childhood to adolescence till the time she reaches college where she falls for a guy. The play held mirror to the society especially reflected on the youth trend where love is more about physical relations, she is betrayed by her lover and lead to her tragic end by going insane for having abandoning the newborn child on the street which became a feast for stray dogs.

Symbolically play reflected on condition of women in society in general as they are often treated as objects and till the time they do not stand for themselves they will be continued to be abused.

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The paid show of Flight turned out to be satisfying for both the parties as both got their share as for spectators in form of great entertainment and for group in form of quality audience. Considering it to be a debut play of the director Prabhat Sharma turned out to be a complete treat as it was a novel concept. The experiment with lights were good and it won’t be wrong to say that if their beginning is so promising then for sure they will elevate the standards of theatre here which over the years have been declining as most of the spectators said, “We hope to see more quality work from them and will not hesitate to pay from my pocket to watch their show if they continue to deliver what they have initially promised.”

The script was executed in heart touching manner and the message came across straight. Lot of experiment was done which gave a positive impact rather than hindering the concentration. Creating of characters may that be tree or cat all were done really well.
Nav Yuvak Mandal has shown people a new ray of hope for betterment as they are ready to experiment and explore the new horizons while many others are still stuck with the old tailor made scripts.

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On the other hand former production coming from the Group that has given theater audience a rich taste before; in their various plays or their repeats shows like Billay btayaate hai,; again the expectations were really high. This show was again the second show of the same production at the same venue however things could have been better in form of coordination as Deepka, another spectator said, “They bumped into each other which shifting positions considering the time gone in for rehearsal, I am sure it could have been executed more neatly.”

However the seriousness of theme can not be overlooked. Spectators found its presentation really good. The costumes the make up all were done really well. However the fade in and fade out at places did miss the timing.

While commenting on the show Sahil, one of the spectator said, “I have already seen this show before too when it was staged at Gaiety only last year. I found no improvement except for the increase in number of characters playing toys. The theme was heart touching but it lacked the intensity that was required to convey those emotions. The main prognostic seemed to have artificial laugh where talking about her dolls and I fail to understand which 11 year old speaks like total. ”

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”

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Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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Himachal’s traditional ‘Mandi Shivratri’ fair begins today

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Mandi: The traditional Shivratri Mela of Mandi district, which is a week-long international fair, began today as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, formally announced the opening at the historical Paddal ground at Mandi. 

This year’s celebrations are special for the people of Mandi as it is the native place of the Chief Minister. Also, Bhartiya Janata Party has captured all 10 seats in the district including the support of the one independent candidate.  

I am happy to see all nine MLAs including an Independent who have gathered here for celebrating the festival with traditional fervour,

he said.

Earlier, after paying obeisance at the famous Madho Rai temple, the Chief Minister participated in the traditional ‘Jaleb’ (Shobha Yatra) of Shivratri fair, which began from DC office to end at the Paddal ground.

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Local deities along with the Chief deity Madho Rai led the procession.

The locals draped in their colourful attire thronged the procession carrying along the palanquins of the local deities and marched towards the Paddal Mela ground. A little less than two hundred Devtas participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra, from almost all corners of the district.

The life of the people of the state revolves around the local Gods and Goddesses, and the local deities are an inseparable part of the people. The Shivratri festival gives a glimpse of ‘Dev and Manav Milan’ (the meeting of humans with deities), he said.

The Chief Minister announced a hike of 20 percent in ‘nazarana’ of the local deities, 20 percent hike in ration quota, and two times increase in honorarium of ‘Bajantris’ – the musicians who accompany the deities.

As compared to Rs. 3,64,000 in 2017, with two times rise in honorarium of Bajantris, the expenditure the expenditure will be Rs. 7,31,000  in 2018.   

The Chief Minister has assured that the government will register the left-out deities in a phase-wise manner.

 ‘Sarv Devta Committee’ will formulate the guidelines, examine each case, will pass a resolution in the house unanimously, and the committee will forward the case to the district administration for necessary action. 

 The Chief Minister also released a souvenir of the festival on the occasion. 

He said the government would soon come up with parking places to decongest traffic.  

The Chief Minister said Mandi will be connected with air services under UDAN scheme, (a regional connectivity scheme of Government of India). A helipad will be constructed in Mandi, he said. 

The state government will take up the issue with the Union government along with the demand for direct flights from Chandigarh to Kullu, Kangra, Shimla and for tribal areas,  the Chief Minister assured. 

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Pahari short-film Pashi wins best Cinematography award at Marietta Film Festival in Georgia

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Siddharth Chauhan’s Himachali short-film Pashi has won the best Cinematography award at Marietta International Film Festival in Georgia,  Europe in the short-film category.

Earlier, Pashi had also made it to an Oscar qualifying ‘Rhode Island International Film Festival’held in USA in August 2017. It was the first international premiere for the film. Like Rhode Island, at Marietta too, Pashi was the only entry from India, said Sidharth.

Siddharth was the Director of photography while Yashwant Kumar Sharma was his cameraman.

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The film is inspired from Siddharth’s childhood memories in his village Dhanoti, Rohru of Shimla district and produced under the Secret Corridor Picture.

In the regional Pahari spoken in Rohru, Pashi means a trap – an ancient concept used by villagers & children for hunting birds and animals.

pashi film shooting locationThe film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of village Khalwan. Some of the parts were also filmed in Village Dhanoti neat Tikker (Rohru).

Pashi will be showcased at Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai on the September 17. On February 2, 2018, the film will be showcased at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington where it already has five nominations – Best Director, Best Screenplay Writer, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Siddharth has emerged as a talented filmmaker from the Hill state where the film industry is still in infancy. Luckily, the parents of Siddharth, Mr. Balwan Singh Chauhan and Mrs. Bimla Chauhan offered a thorough support to him in his endevour.

Lead actors of the film include Chetan Kanwar, a Class XII student at the Chapslee School, Shimla, John Negi, a model/actor from Rampur, Kamayani Bisht, an English Professor at the Government College Theog, Savitri Devi Sunta, the oldest family member of the Sunta family in Khawalan.

Supporting case includes Dewansh Kanwar (Chapslee School), Aditi Sunta ( Rohru), and Dev Ranta (Rohru).

Other crew members are as followed.

  • Assistant Directors: Mridul Surbhi, Shefali Chauhan & Ankit Rathore
  • Music: Prabir Sekhri from Canada
  • Sound: Tanmaya Das from Mumbai
  • Visual Effects: Himanshu Hirwani from Pune
  • Story/Direction: Siddharth Chauhan from Shimla
  • Associate Producers: Swati Chauhan & Ankit Rathore (from Delhi)

 

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