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Bottoms Up Tequila”- An adult comedy staged at Gaiety

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The time for new age theater seems to have been herald with staging of an adult comedy where artists have realized that their job is not that of revolutionist but to hold mirror to society and project what it is not what it should be.

Shedding away the notion of Art to be used as a tool of reform The BEGINNERS, theatre group staged “Bottoms Up Tequila”- an adult comedy at the historic Gaiety Theatre, Shimla on April 19 and 20 in association with Snow Leopard Production.

The play held the true mirror to psychology of youngsters in the current society as the play dealt with a story of four young bachelor men sharing accommodation. Each character represented a face of youth in society may that be Adarsh – a young well earning guy with a dream of prosperous future with his fiancé treading the path to success with hard work or that of Jambo – a guy who believe in living the moment and has a very casual approach towards sex and without any taboo openly accepts it as a basic, natural need of any human. Though he was in complete contrast to Adarsh for whom sex outside marriage is not something acceptable.

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On the other hand we had Balbeer Sing Sodi, a young man who, like any other common working youngster aspires to have his own business someday and be the king of the world and in sharp contrast to him was Imraan, who managed his finances by selling stolen things from the house itself and using his brain to extract money from Jambo exploiting his weakness for females wittedly.

By the time play reaches its end Adarsh figures out his fiancé had been cheating over him with her boss and is left heartbroken, Balbeer who too was fooled by his other two friends – Jambo and Imraan in the name of business learns the truth. Jambo who was super excited for spending night with girl (Sex Worker) ends up with a gay sex worker.

Everyone in the last scene was seen having Tequila together forgetting problem that had with each other or with their lives and celebrated their New Year’s Eve.

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Though the play banner caused lot of controversy over adult play being staged, it turned out to be nothing more than what we people experience in our daily life. If we talk about the abusive words Ma! #@## or Bh!##@#$ then if we stroll on Mall any day we hear it many more times than what we came across in this play.

No one can deny the fact that what ever was staged is definitely happening in society may that be casual affairs to gain favors professional, big dream and aspirations, phone sex or getting involved with sex workers.

The best thing about play was the message when Jambo say that he has not committed a crime or raped when Balbeer taunts his about his pervious sexual encounter with a Gay sex worker. It is really important for all to understand that there are ways of satisfying biological needs rather than forcing some innocent female for momentary pleasure.

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Another aspect was Jambo too was asked to work as gigolo, which brought the male to same echelon where any female escort is in the society but it no where made any sex work look down upon or inferior as Jambo in his dialogue call them angles.

Technically speaking work was really done well. Use of projector to show a short film of Esha and her boss getting intimate definitely was a smart move as it maintained the thin line between cinema screen and live performance’s comfort level.

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If we talk about the cell phone ring tones of each character, they too reflected their psychology as Adarsh’s soft romantic ringtone reflected his soft emotional thoughts and Balbeer’s was fun.

Each actor gave his best shot and Chris’ performance was really outstanding it came naturally and seemed effortless. Mukesh very well projected the impulsiveness of youth and was also worth an appreciation.

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The title justified itself as all characters in end had something they wanted to forget like for Adarsh and Jambo lost love for former and unusual sexual encounter for latter. Whereas Balbeer and Imraan wanted to celebrate the new hope and lesson they learned that is not to be blinded by high aspirations for former and take life as it comes for Imraan.

Over all we can say it was a good production and people who paid for the show definitely did not feel cheated.

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

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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

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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 .

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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.

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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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Devdhun Played by 2200 Bajantris at Kullu Dussehra Enters ‘India Book of Records’, Fest Concludes

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Kullu-The international Kullu Dussehra concluded on Monday with great fanfare and enthusiasm. More than 281 deities from various parts of Kullu district participated in this cultural extravaganza.

Other than Mega Natti performed by 4000 women on October 12, over 2200 Bajantris (instrumentalists) congregated at the Atal Sadan ground on October 13 in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to play ‘Devdhun’

Devdhun is the sound that resonates after playing different traditional instruments when deities move out of their temples to join local festivals. ‘Devdhun’ has been entered as a record in the India Book of Records with a record 2200 Bajantries playing the musical instruments simultaneously.

The Mega Natti performed in 2015 by nearly 10000 women at Kullu Dussehra has already entered into Guinness Book of World Records.

On Monday, Chief Minister presided over the concluding ceremony held at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra, Kullu. He announced to increase the nazrana (honorarium) of local deities participating in Kullu Dussehra festival by five per cent. He also announced an increase of 25 per cent in distance allowance (Duri Bhatta) given to the deities.

He announced 15 percent increase in remuneration of Bajantaris, who accompany the local deities to the festival besides increasing the amount for celebrating Haripur and Manikaran Dussehra from Rs 75,000 to Rs one lakh and for Vashisht Dussehra festival from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs. 75,000. He said that the ‘Gur’ of the Deities would be provided a separate amount of Rs 1000.

Kullu Dussehra provides a livelihood to the indigenous community as they provide them with a platform to display their products for a much wider audience. This festival was also contributing immensely in promoting tourism in the State with tourists visiting Kullu to watch this cultural extravaganza from the world over.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government would ensure that this event not only become a regular event but also an added attraction of International Kullu Dussehra. He said that in the present era of cut-throat competition, our age-old culture and traditions were slowly vanishing and urged the people to come forward to conserve the same. He announced Rs. 5 lakh from his discretionary fund to the Bajantaries who performed during the event.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the building of Press Club, Kullu for facilitating the journalists of Kullu district.

He distributed prizes to the winners of different events on the occasion and released Souvenir brought out by the Dussehra Organizing Committee. He also released a poster of documentary ‘Gallantry Saga-BRO, released a booklet published by State Language and Art Academy and a souvenir ‘Atal Samritian’ published by Kullu Sanskriti Vikas Manch.

Chief Minister was also presented with a book ‘Indigenous Building Practice System in Western Himalayas-A Comparative Study’ authored by a young author, Architect and expert in traditional Kathkuni house, Rahul Bhushan.

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