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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.
Art & Culture
Use Offerings Made at Himachal’s Hindu Religious Institutions Only For Hindus, Employ Only Hindus: HP Govt
Shimla-The Additional Chief Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Language, Art & Culture Department has issued a notification barring the use of offerings made at the Hindu religious places or institutions for non-Hindu Communities.
Directions in this regard have been issued to Commissioners (temple) under Section 27 of the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1984.
“All the receipts or offerings including gold and silver of the Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments shall be used only for the purposes pertaining to the welfare and other activities relating to only Hindus. No receipts or offerings shall be used for the purposes associated with activities relating to Non-Hindus,” the notification said.
Further, now, no non-Hindu person would be given any sort of employment at the Hindu religious institutions/places.
“All the officers and officials including the personnel related to security etc. whether appointed or deputed or taken on outsourcing basis shall be out of the persons professing the Hindu religion only,” the notification said.
No further clarification was provided regarding the intended purpose of this move.
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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events
Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.
The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.
It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.
Art & Culture
Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe
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.