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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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Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe

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Shimla-Otherwise blatantly vocal and distinctively mass-mobilizing government of India is suddenly in the most subdued self after its proclaimed victory over the deathly virus; participation in uncontrolled election rallies; and permitting maha melas. The stalwarts are in the hiding, while helpless citizens – who voted them into power not once but in landslide victories twice – are dying due to lack of oxygen, poor – unavailable – medical facilities, and the denial stance of the ignorant in the helm.

Drawing a comparison between the fatal coronavirus and the mismanagement of the entire situation by the appalling government; a Himachali folk artist has released a factually appropriate lyrical satire that will tickle your mind and leave you to imagine what has brought this catastrophe onto us. The song is written by Rameshwar Sharma and music by Lalit Sauta. 

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International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties

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Mandi-International Shivratri Fair of Mandi district on the occasion of Mahashivratri began on March 12, 2020, at the historic Paddal ground. While Mahashivratri is celebrated for one day in most parts, the fair in Mandi goes on for seven days.

After Pagri and worship ceremony at Raj Madhav Rai Temple – abode of principal deity Madho Rai- begun the taditional Jaleb, Shobha Yatra. This yatra is held on every every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It starts from Raj Madhav Rai temple to conclude at the Paddal ground. This year, over 150 deities participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra from almost all parts of the district. A total of over 200 deities have been invited this year.  

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Thousands of people dressed in their traditional attire participated in the procession carrying their local deities dancing all the way upto Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman International Shivratri Fair Organizing Committee Rugved Thakur informed this year as many as 216 deities were invited to participate in this fair.
He said that awareness Rath has also been included in the procession to drive in the theme of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. It was followed by the performances by pahari artists on the first night of the fair.

An increase of five percent in honorarium of Bajantries accompanying the deities was also announced.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur also participated in the Yatra and Puja (worship). The state government is celebrating the festival as Swarnim International Shivratri Fair to mark fifty years of Statehood.

Though the Chief Minister cautioned the people that the world hasn’t come out of corona pandemic and there is a need to be cautious, he himself participated in the fair without wearing a mask or taking any visible measures for social distancing. From the crowd, some people were also heard asking the Chief Minister where his mask was . 

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He said that fortunately, the number of covid-19 cases were declining constantly, which was a big sigh of relief. 

Chief Minister couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to speak about his government’s achievements on the this occasion. “Three years tenure of the State Government has been full of achievements and accomplishments,” he said.

“This year the Mandi Shivrati has gained more importance as it was being celebrated this year when the Nagar Parishad has been upgraded to Municipal Corporation,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

Further, various Departments, Boards and Corporation have set up exhibition at Paddal Ground.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10

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Shimla- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 6830 by September 4, 2020. Yesterday the State reported 215 new positive cases with two deaths. The COVID-19 death tally rose to 48 with these new casualties reported from Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

According to the yesterday’s COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department, highest 37 cases were reported in Kangra district followed by Solan (35) Sirmaur (33), Chamba (33), Mandi (32), Una (20), Bilaspur (7), Hamirpur (7), Shimla (8), and Kullu (3). Till Friday evening, the number of active cases in the state was 1815 as 4920 persons had recovered.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for August 4, 2020 ( 9 PM)

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Amid this steep rise in cases in Himachal, the State Government on Friday held a Cabinet meeting in which it decided to open temples and religious places from September 10.

 The Language, Art and Culture Department will prepare SOP in this regard.  Registration would be required for people entering the State till September 15. The quarantine requirement would be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The District Administration would strictly enforce the use of masks and social distancing in the field, the government said.

The Cabinet decided to provide wheat flour and rice to the income tax payee APL Consumers under Public Distribution System as was being provided to them earlier on APL rates and provide them pulses, edible oil, salt and sugar on zero-subsidy on actual rates.

The State Cabinet decided to request the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) related to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme with the state government.

It decided to fill up 10 posts of class IV employees in Panchayati Raj Department.

It gave its approval to transfer Gram Panchayat Kot from Police Station Shimla East (Chhota Shimla) to Police Station West (Boileauganj)  in district Shimla to facilitate the people.

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