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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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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 . 

CM Jairam Thakur not wearing mask

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




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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