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Him Rang Mahotsav -2015 staged at Gaiety

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SHIMLA: “Him Rang Mahotsav -2015” was organized at the historic Gaiety Theatre from March 19 to 28 by the department of Language Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh.

During the festival plays including Loknatya -Kareyala; Banthna; Bhagat; Dhaaja; Jis Lahor na dekha, oh jameya nahi; Bagiya Banchi Ram ke; Loha kut; Adati; Khalid ke Khala; Neend kyu raat bhat nahi aate; Death of a salesman; Gatokach and 30 days of September were staged.

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Like the previous year, this time too, the festival did not turn out to be a visual treat for audiences. Though some big and famous scripts were taken up but when it came to justice the attempt failed. It was very difficult to appreciate any production as whole. Couple of plays had their moments may that be in Death acting of Chris the main lead but adding Himachali tint to the whole story changed the entire prospective for Arthur Miller’s fans or that in 30 days performance by Shanta.

However, Khalid turned out to be disappointment for people as last year same production was staged during a National festival held at the same venue. Trimming the full length play was no match to the comic flavor left in minds of spectators during the previous production.

Bagiya was fun to watch and Loha turned out to be too heavy to handle and made one restless considering the duration. Considering the length the second production scheduled for the day was canceled which was definitely not right. Poor actors were all dressed and set to perform but Loha drained audiences out of their energies and hence the hall was totally vacant. There is dire need to respect time of each individual but this lesson seems like light years away from people to learn.

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This time plays like Neend and 30 gave a new dimension to look at the society. Both the plays dealt with serious themes like molestation of women. The seriousness of the subject was piercing but during the performance reaction of couple of male audiences was quiet shocking. Weather it was in Neend protagonist being dragged by men to bedroom or in 30 a seven year old Mala being sexually violated by her maternal uncle brought uproar of laughter among few male spectators.

It forces one to think when such insensitive attitude is projected by men of our society how safe are women? What right such people had to participate in candle march for rape victims and what guarantee we hold that if given an opportunity they will shrink away from such action?

This festival on cultural aspect may or may not have left any impact but on social front definitely indicates towards the sick and insensitive mentality that people of our society are suffering from and demands some serious attention.

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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 . 

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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

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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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