People of city got an opportunity to experience the magic of acting in the form of play Bargad staged at the historic Gaiety theatre Shimla
Samanvya, Theater group in association with Sangeet Natal Akademi, New Delhi presented a play Bargad; a Hindi play by the students of children theater workshop held at Kasumpati; the Historic Gaiety Theatre. The play was written by Krishan Lal Shridharani and directed by Chris.
While informing about the show Chris, director of the play informed, “Play was a result of an annual theater workshop which is always organized by the government for polishing the talent of young children. It was my first experinece directing young children, which I found quiet refreshing. When dealing with adult actors we can make their moment mechanical but here it was not possible and that was the beauty of it.”
In workshop 30 students participated, from class first onwards. The play Bhargad allowed all 30 of them to showcase their talent on stage in front of audience. The play depicted story of tress and his relationship with mother nature and its other elements including wind, water, plants and school children; to name some. They all live in harmony with each other and through the play director depicted one day activity that is from dusk to dawn; Bargad is old and respected and loved by all. He is a wise council giving words of wisdom to all including plant and birds. One night there is a storm and unlike others he refuses to bend and surrender in front of him. The wicked storm uproots the tree and it dies.
There was nothing extra oridnary about the story. The message was not clear but what can be said in nut shell is Bargad refused to bow in front of storm saying he only bend over to honor God and dies Whereas his character was potrayed to be that of a pure soul, still after his death Bhinda takes his place without much remorse. His goodness is forgotten and Bhinda’s remark that he should have listened to storm; emphasised that very few people are left who can die for their principles and often are considered to be fools by others rather than being respected.
The highlight of play was children and their performance as in this 3 week workshop they have actually got introduced to their new personalities. As such the story of play was simple without anything extraordinary but set designing and other fine details made it a cute treat to watch.
Use Offerings Made at Himachal’s Hindu Religious Institutions Only For Hindus, Employ Only Hindus: HP Govt
Shimla-The Additional Chief Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Language, Art & Culture Department has issued a notification barring the use of offerings made at the Hindu religious places or institutions for non-Hindu Communities.
Directions in this regard have been issued to Commissioners (temple) under Section 27 of the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1984.
“All the receipts or offerings including gold and silver of the Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments shall be used only for the purposes pertaining to the welfare and other activities relating to only Hindus. No receipts or offerings shall be used for the purposes associated with activities relating to Non-Hindus,” the notification said.
Further, now, no non-Hindu person would be given any sort of employment at the Hindu religious institutions/places.
“All the officers and officials including the personnel related to security etc. whether appointed or deputed or taken on outsourcing basis shall be out of the persons professing the Hindu religion only,” the notification said.
No further clarification was provided regarding the intended purpose of this move.
Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events
Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.
The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.
It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.
Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe
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.