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Tribute to Manohar Singh

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Aspiring actors from 3 different college showcased their talent People at the Historic Gaiety Theatre. Performers included students from Government College Kotshera, Shimla; Dramatic Club Karsog and last but no the least R.K.M.V College Shimla.

The main purpose of the shows as per organizer was to salute the famous actor Manohar Singh on his death anniversary along with providing platform cum exposure to fresh upcoming college students/actors.

The first play Baja Do Ek Naye Dhun by Kotshera – a modern version of the famous fairy tale Pied Piper depicted the story of Pied Piper who in wrath subjected the youth of town on path of drugs, corruption and terrorism.

The second play Every Man by Karsog was based on the 15th Century Morality play by same name. Everyman an allegorical drama that teaches a lesson about how Christians should live and what they must do to save their souls was enacted by students under able direction of Kulbhushan Sharma.

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Whereas the third play Cheekh by R.K.M.V was a play based on the life of rape victim. The story depicted story of any ordinary victim who is warmly welcomed when she is born, her dreams and aspirations and how they are crushed by the antisocial elements of the society.

The first play considering the college students can be considered an average production. The voice over was not as appealing as the flow was to slow missing the charm or vitality that a flashback voice over demands.

On the other hand Every was a treat to watch especially the actor portraying Death. His presence on stage was felt every time with or without a dialogue. Considering the place and exposure available to the students, director did a great job.

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On the other hand Cheekh the neighbor (Aunt) was outstanding in her performance. The seriousness of the theme was captured beautifully but like Vivek Mohan, one of the spectators said, “There was no originality in the idea just riding the wave created by the tragedy and presented in a clichéd manner. Very depressing though began on a happier note. Why portray the ‘victim’ as victim rather than a hurt person or maligned. I wonder if the parents who can support her badminton cannot support her tragedy. Theatre is all about entry and exit including in the ideas.”

Power failure during the plays did not make students uneasy which is highly commendable on part of each student. Over all it was a wonderful experience some new fresh and promising talent coming up.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10

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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)

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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

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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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