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“Curfew” at Gaiety





Nothing is more complex then human relations especially the one mostly celebrated and considered to be sacred of all that is arranged marriage. Often people spend their entire life with a stranger without expressing the freewill doing things either to impress the person or not to offend the society. Curfew tried to explore desires of one such couple.

Curfew – A play written by Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Lal and Directed by Devender Sharma was staged at the Historic Gaiety Theatre by the Vasudha art and culture society, Shimla.

As per Devrnder, the director of the play informed, he has tried to expose the hypocritical standards that exist in the married relations especially in arrange marriages. . Freewill is interrupted and hence leads to a curfew of self expression.The story of the play depicted one night incident in the lives of a married couple Kavita and Gautam who get exposed to new people that is Manisha and Sanjay due to curfew in the city. Manisha – a modern girl with an advanced in her thinking takes refuge in Gautam’s house due to curfew where she flirts with him a guy who has rules for everything as per acceptable by the society. As the night passes and the conversation becomes bolder, under influence of liquor he tries to molest her and she walks out in curfew only, to be gang raped by policemen. In other words we can also say that like Lord Buddha he too experiences self-realization; the futility of artificial relationship with his wife which is based on animal instincts alone.


Whereas Kavita Gautam’s wife takes refuge in Sanjay a theater actor’s house who was rehearsing his upcoming play in his house. She offers to help him and eventually her dormant emotions explode finding a vent out in the form acting. She is attracted to Sanjay due to hollowness in her life but her conscious does not allow her to cross her limits.
Both husband and wife find solace in Manisha and Sanjay and the play ends on the note where Kavita learns her husband spent night with someone else and accepts the truth that they all can co –exist without any friction. Both find their true self by being exposed to the other people and the missing link in their live that made their relationship artificial.

The play had an interesting plot and had its moment. However the first half that is where story of Gautam and Manisha was staged it was bit dull and there was a problem of diction like mazboot and the song Gulabi Ankhee paying in background and even the actor singing it live was not in sync and did not sound too well to ears. Though this patch too had its moments and made audiences giggle.

The second half was much better and Ankita showed a remarkable improvement in her performance. The intensity with which she conveyed the emotions and all of sudden change in mood is something worth an appreciation. Aspiring artists from city need to take queue from as initially she too started acting in college plays and through her hard work she has come a long way.


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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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