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International World Theater Day celebrated





Just like rest of the world even Theatre fraternity of Shimla too celebrated the International World Theater Day, by staging three different productions.

“ However by repeating an old production and In summers we even plan to organize the play festival”- Director LAC, D.K. Gupta

On March 27, Department of Language Art and Culture Himachal Pradesh, celebrated the International World Theatre Day, at the Historic Gaiety Theatre , Shimla, by staging of three different plays that is “Gudiya” organized by Ab Theater Group; “The Gift of Magi” by Muskaan Theater Group and last but not least “Pyaar ka Bukhaar” by Abhilasha Theater Group.

While informing about the event Director LAC, D.K. Gupta said, “We organized the shows to mark the celebration of International World Theater Day. In summers we even plan to organize the play festival where groups will be invited so that they can interact and learn from each other.”


Once again within the period of a week people were again given an opportunity to relive the story of “Gudiya” for the third time. Though certain changes were made in this third show however there was yet again nothing so outstanding. However this time the boy using “Gudiya” as his puppet came out clear and loud through the gesture of boy while she is buy fascinating and dancing with her dolls about her wedding day.

Neatness while movements, was missing as they again bumped into each other few times and while the Ballroom Dance Gudiya steeped twice on the foot the Sameer. The level of girl’s insanity intensity was little less as compared to previous shows.


Whereas “Gift “was an English play based on the famous story of O’ Henry with the same title, one of the most celebrated story of sacrifice for the happiness of their beloved by Jim and Della. As compared to Prabhat’s previous week’s promising performance of “The Flight of the Innocence” this time he missed to hit the mark. Previously he managed to maintain Wilde’s touch it embodied strong moral values and was told with effervescence akin but here that sweetness of Henery was missing.

In duration of 20 to 25 minutes he lost the essence of the story. As a very impressive example of execution of this romantic story can be seen in Pankaj Udaas’ song “Aur Ahista kegeje baate” each time the video is seen it makes one overwhelmed with love but in the play Santa’s presence distracted the focus from the main character as it blocked the mind with image of Christmas and the little Jima and Della had to offer became the side story. The music was done really well but it too dominated the original main characters as pen down by Henry.


Had it been in the Hindi may be it could have appealed more as English is not our native language and when forcefully trying to imitate the accent, it makes us look ridiculous. A little bit of problem with diction too was present along with a silly mistake of gender reference of him to be her “Please God make her think I am still beautiful” while praying to God by Della.

“Pyaar” was a short comic play or can be called as a comic skit where a love doctor tries helping one of his patients but is swept off his feet by the patient’s girlfriend. It had the flavor of Kreyala.


It won the hearts of all spectators hardly having any strong message to give it was a comedy that made the entire hall spring up with laughter. It was funny. The actor Rajeev did a great job. The situational comedy was really nice and many wished that it was given a bit long duration as it was fresh and refreshing rather than restaging old productions.

In the name of International World Theater Day celebrations, something far much better and elegant could have been staged by the people collectively in the duration of 2 hours as the productions could have been wonderful on any ordinary day but on such prestigious day at such prestigious venue that is Mecca of Theater definitely needs to be reflected on.

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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.  

Mandi shivratri pictures 2021

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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 . 

CM Jairam Thakur not wearing mask

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




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)


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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