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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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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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Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18 Announced, These 4 Persons Would be Honored



Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18

Shimla– ‘Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman’ Award has been announced for the year 2017-18, informed the Secretary Academy Dr. Karam Singh on June 6, 2020.  

The recommendation of the jury the winners have been announced, he said, adding that four Shikhar Samman (awards) would be given in the field of language, culture and literature for two years and Rs. one lakh each would be given to each awardee.

He said that for the year 2017, Prof. Keshav Sharma would be honoured for contribution in Literature and special achievements. Folk Singer Mohan Rathour would be honoured with Language and Culture Shikar Samman.

For the year 2018, Dr. O.C. Handa would be honoured with Sahitya Shikhar Samman, whereas Dinesh Kumari of Kangra would be honoured in Art and Culture sector.

The ‘Shikhar Samman’ is given to the Himachali writers in the field of art and culture and to littérateurs from the country who worked for the promotion of Himachali language, traditions and culture.

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Video: Replica of Himachal’s Bhimakali Temple at International Surajkund Mela Becomes Centre of Attraction



Bhimakali temple in Surajkund Mela 2020

Shimla- The replica of Bhimakali temple in the ongoing 34th International Surajkund Crafts Mela has become the main attraction. The real temple is located in Sarahan of Shimla district and dedicated to goddess Bhimakali.

Himachal is a theme state for this event. A large number of people are visiting to see the permanent structure of the Bhimakali temple, which has been built in traditional style.

Earlier, in the year 1996 also Himachal was the theme state and permanent replica of Maheshwar Devta temple was set up there. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism has organized the event in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs from 1st to 16th February .

Besides this, five temporary gates and one permanent gate made in traditional Himachali style have been set up in the Mela ground, giving a glimpse of the state. Two-storey Apna Ghar made in traditional Pahari style has also been set up and a family from district Chamba is starting in it this family is providing the tourists with an experience of rural culture and lifestyle of the state.

Himachal at surajkund mela 2020

The stalls of handicrafts and handlooms of the state are also being much liked by the tourists. Various cultural programmes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the state are being presented during the Mela.  A large number of tourists are also visiting the information centre set up at the Mela ground.

 The government claims that in order to attract national and international tourists, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh is marketing and publicizing the tourism potential of the State.

The government claims such international level platform will help in the promotion of Tourism as well as rich cultural heritage, folk songs, handloom-handicrafts, cuisines of the state and these tourism-related products are the attraction for the tourists.


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