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Gyaan staged at Gaiety

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Pooja Rani made a debut as a female director in Shimla Theater where mostly males dominate the productions. Though the theme was strong however it failed to connect as experimenting with young children did not meet the expectations of spectators and mostly were confused as per appreciate the efforts of kids or complain about the below average standard of production.

Shimla- Gyaan a short play organized by the Sankalp Group in association with Language Art and Culture Department was staged at the historic Gaiety Theatre, Shimla on April 3. The play was written and directed by Pooja Rani one of the member of the Group.

While informing about the play Pooja said, “It was debut as a director. Prior to it I have been associated with the group from past 5 years and have worked as assistant director as well as managed costumes for other productions.”

The story of the play revolved around a young child and his school where majority of school teachers exhibit the traits of ignorance and are only concerned with their income. The English teacher instead of teaching in class proposes him to join his tuition class after school to clarify his doubts which due to financial problem he could not. His other sir playing an ideal teacher comes for his rescue and helps him pass the exam.

As the time passes he goes for a job interview, where again he has to face challenges as other contenders by cheating and foul means had numerous degrees.

The production had its moments which made audiences smile like when English teaches while teaching makes his students mug up the wrong idiom “Where there is a well, there is a way” and when one of the student asked for the meaning he says “Matlab ke tune achaar daalana hai?”.

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Another moment was when his fellow students having sack full of degrees came for job interview and it actually depicted the present youth whose profile has endless list of degrees attached with it.

For all the students it was a debut as they for the first time stepped on the stage and for them it was a satisfactory experience.

However the production left the regular theater audiences dumbstruck as considering the young actors they could not express their feelings on one hand for it might discourage them on the other seeing such a production coming from a Group which is a well know name when it comes to quality production.

The standards previously set by the group gave a sharp contrast to this production. Considering the direction, the claimed experience of five years, being associated with such a name was no where was to be seen. The music and synchronization between the actions on stage was meant to be taken care of by director and so was shifting of stage properties; the little kid could have carried the heavy sewing machine on stage by on her own. She came and sat on her position but the stage property was missing and the background music lost its sync.

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The blackboard blocked the vision of the teacher while sitting on chair which of course should have been taken care of. The dialogues at places sounded incomplete sentence; giving confused meaning; for instance while declaration of results boys tells the main boy that he scored 65 percent , u even do not take tuitions,; was it good, bad or an exclamation heaven knows and hearing it no doubt audiences did smile.

Kids always do a wonderful job and it is pointless to comment on it however the group has previously too played with young kids during TREAT and gave better productions. Everyone felt that Midas touch missing this time though the concept was good.

The Mecca of Theater does deserve and demand something more promising rather than an annual day presentations if we want to preserve it dignity.

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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.

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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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