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People have been given a good opportunity to visit the historic monuments through means of photo exhibition that is going on in Gaiety to mark the celebration of National Heritage day.

“If any lay man visits this exhibition I am sure he/ she will surely understand why Himachal is called Dev Bhoomi”, Rajesh Thakur, a local resident and a spectator

Shimla- Three days long exhibition; that is from April 18 to 20; on the monumental heritage of Himachal Pradesh to mark the celebration of the National Heritage Day (April 18), by Archaeological Survey Of India, Shimla Circle and State Archaeology Language and Culture Department, Himachal was organized at the historic Gaiety Theatre.

In the exhibition photographs of the existing Heritage monuments in the State were exhibited. The main thought behind the showcased photographs was to make the people aware about the rich heritage that the State has inherited from ancestors and to make people realize the worth of it by creating awareness among them.

In the exhibition there were approximately 150 photographs showcased including photographs of heritage temples like Nag Temple, Chaupal; Narvadeshwari Temple, Sujanpur; Hatkoti; Surya Narayan Temple to name some. It also showcases forts and Palaces in Himachal too giving insight into rich architecture of the state.

In the exhibition work of seven photographers including – Er. C.L. Kashyup, Archeological Engineer; Er. Sudershan Sharma, Addl. Asst. Engineer; Er. Naresh Thakur, Addl. Asst. Engineer; Late Hakam Sharma, senior photographer; Pyar Chand, Senior Photographer; Pritipal Sharma, Commercial artist and Satwinder Kaushal, Junior technical assistant with the department LAC have been showcased and cameras like Cannon Rebel XT; Sony Alpha100; Sony Cyber Shot W520; Nikon DMat; Sony Alpha100 and Nikon DMat; Cannon Powesrhot 640 and Sony Cyber Shot W520 have been used by the photographers respectively.

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While sharing his experience Pyar Chand, one of the photographers said, “My showcased work includes photographs that I have clicked way back in 1983 and I have tried to capture the spirit of each monument that I have clicked. Eight five percent work displayed is result of roll cameras as it has been not long since when the digital cameras caught up which has made photography really easy as compared to what it usually was in olden days.”

The brief description about the monuments are also coming handy for the people as Anniruddha Thakur, on one of the spectators, while commenting on the exhibition said, “It is really an outstanding exhibition as it is quite informative and one can easily learn about the rich architecture and culture of Himachal Pradesh. I got a glimpse of places that otherwise I would not have been able to see as it is not possible for one to pay personal visit to all the places.”

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“Main focus of photographers has been temples and I really feel that they have captured the essence of each temple as I personally felt that I am standing right outside the temples. If any lay man visits this exhibition I am sure he/ she will surely understand why Himachal is called Dev Bhoomi”, Rajesh Thakur,
a local resident and a spectator.

For any person weather religious or not it is a good opportunity to confront the rich architecture of various monuments as it showcases architecture from Century 7 to 17 with all the minute changes that the hill architecture went through over the period of time.

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”

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Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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Himachal’s traditional ‘Mandi Shivratri’ fair begins today

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Mandi: The traditional Shivratri Mela of Mandi district, which is a week-long international fair, began today as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, formally announced the opening at the historical Paddal ground at Mandi. 

This year’s celebrations are special for the people of Mandi as it is the native place of the Chief Minister. Also, Bhartiya Janata Party has captured all 10 seats in the district including the support of the one independent candidate.  

I am happy to see all nine MLAs including an Independent who have gathered here for celebrating the festival with traditional fervour,

he said.

Earlier, after paying obeisance at the famous Madho Rai temple, the Chief Minister participated in the traditional ‘Jaleb’ (Shobha Yatra) of Shivratri fair, which began from DC office to end at the Paddal ground.

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Local deities along with the Chief deity Madho Rai led the procession.

The locals draped in their colourful attire thronged the procession carrying along the palanquins of the local deities and marched towards the Paddal Mela ground. A little less than two hundred Devtas participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra, from almost all corners of the district.

The life of the people of the state revolves around the local Gods and Goddesses, and the local deities are an inseparable part of the people. The Shivratri festival gives a glimpse of ‘Dev and Manav Milan’ (the meeting of humans with deities), he said.

The Chief Minister announced a hike of 20 percent in ‘nazarana’ of the local deities, 20 percent hike in ration quota, and two times increase in honorarium of ‘Bajantris’ – the musicians who accompany the deities.

As compared to Rs. 3,64,000 in 2017, with two times rise in honorarium of Bajantris, the expenditure the expenditure will be Rs. 7,31,000  in 2018.   

The Chief Minister has assured that the government will register the left-out deities in a phase-wise manner.

 ‘Sarv Devta Committee’ will formulate the guidelines, examine each case, will pass a resolution in the house unanimously, and the committee will forward the case to the district administration for necessary action. 

 The Chief Minister also released a souvenir of the festival on the occasion. 

He said the government would soon come up with parking places to decongest traffic.  

The Chief Minister said Mandi will be connected with air services under UDAN scheme, (a regional connectivity scheme of Government of India). A helipad will be constructed in Mandi, he said. 

The state government will take up the issue with the Union government along with the demand for direct flights from Chandigarh to Kullu, Kangra, Shimla and for tribal areas,  the Chief Minister assured. 

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Pahari short-film Pashi wins best Cinematography award at Marietta Film Festival in Georgia

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Siddharth Chauhan’s Himachali short-film Pashi has won the best Cinematography award at Marietta International Film Festival in Georgia,  Europe in the short-film category.

Earlier, Pashi had also made it to an Oscar qualifying ‘Rhode Island International Film Festival’held in USA in August 2017. It was the first international premiere for the film. Like Rhode Island, at Marietta too, Pashi was the only entry from India, said Sidharth.

Siddharth was the Director of photography while Yashwant Kumar Sharma was his cameraman.

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The film is inspired from Siddharth’s childhood memories in his village Dhanoti, Rohru of Shimla district and produced under the Secret Corridor Picture.

In the regional Pahari spoken in Rohru, Pashi means a trap – an ancient concept used by villagers & children for hunting birds and animals.

pashi film shooting locationThe film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of village Khalwan. Some of the parts were also filmed in Village Dhanoti neat Tikker (Rohru).

Pashi will be showcased at Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai on the September 17. On February 2, 2018, the film will be showcased at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington where it already has five nominations – Best Director, Best Screenplay Writer, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Siddharth has emerged as a talented filmmaker from the Hill state where the film industry is still in infancy. Luckily, the parents of Siddharth, Mr. Balwan Singh Chauhan and Mrs. Bimla Chauhan offered a thorough support to him in his endevour.

Lead actors of the film include Chetan Kanwar, a Class XII student at the Chapslee School, Shimla, John Negi, a model/actor from Rampur, Kamayani Bisht, an English Professor at the Government College Theog, Savitri Devi Sunta, the oldest family member of the Sunta family in Khawalan.

Supporting case includes Dewansh Kanwar (Chapslee School), Aditi Sunta ( Rohru), and Dev Ranta (Rohru).

Other crew members are as followed.

  • Assistant Directors: Mridul Surbhi, Shefali Chauhan & Ankit Rathore
  • Music: Prabir Sekhri from Canada
  • Sound: Tanmaya Das from Mumbai
  • Visual Effects: Himanshu Hirwani from Pune
  • Story/Direction: Siddharth Chauhan from Shimla
  • Associate Producers: Swati Chauhan & Ankit Rathore (from Delhi)

 

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