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The ongoing art exhibition in the historic Gaiety Theatre is attracting lots of art lover attention. The effort by the young dynamic members of Mind Scan Art Society is definitely worth an appreciation.

People of city got an opportunity to experience the magic of art in the form of an ongoing art exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theatre organized by Mind Scan Group which will continue till November 2.

Recently the five passionate artists that is Susheel, Chaman Thakur, Dharminder Thakur, Ankush Sharma and Chandan Kukreja for the promotion of art took the initiative and registered their art society to provide opportunity to other artists.

While informing about the exhibition they share, “It is our sole objective to provide artist with a platform to showcase their work as often foster child treatment is given to artists by the government. We organized the art meet where we showcased work of various artists from all around the country.”

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Organizers plan to make it an annual event as this year it has been divided into 4 different segments. First that is from October 19- 22, inauguration ceremony; from 23- 26 focus on Women Empowerment via showcasing work of female artists. From 27- 30 a dedication or tribute to the Department of Fine Arts Himachal Pradesh University as they feel no gift is better than showing how well they received and implemented what they learned by their Gurus. Last but not the least in final segment that is from 31- Nov 2, the founder members works will be exhibited along with few other selective works.

The exhibition received a warm reception and blessing from famous artists like famous Baniprosonno who personally inaugurated the exhibition along with Pranam Singh who’s work is appreciated on international level along with other artists like Baldev Gambheer , Ram Virajan, HOD Kurukshetra University Fine Arts Department, Him Chatterji, Nanad Lal, Chaman and Deeraj to name some.

Approximately 80 paintings have been displayed in the show. Exhibition has a variety to offer to all the art lovers as theme ranges from realistic to abstract, from landscapes to portraits, Antique work from Kenya along with a antiques painting painted in 1978 by Madhu Panwar is also showcased in the exhibition.

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Incentives to Himachali films under State’s own Film Policy: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today announced that it would form its own film-policy and will encourage local films and artists in various ways.

A meeting regarding formulating the film policy of the State was held here today under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Baldi said the state had the advantage of adventurous, heritage, spiritual, seasonal and unexplored destinations and the efforts would be made to attract the filmmakers for film production in the state.

He said that the cultural, mythological, historical heritage and glorious traditions of the state would also be publicized in a big way to attract investment in the film sector in the state.

The government would endeavour to provide an opportunity to the talents in the field of acting and other related fields besides generating employment opportunities to the youth of the state.

Dr. Baldi said that production of regional films based on Himachali dialects would be especially encouraged, for which the government would provide various incentives to the producers.

Various other important issues like establishing required infrastructure and to make available desired facilities to the filmmakers and providing them attractive financial incentives were also discussed in the meeting.

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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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