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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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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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Bhimakali temple in Surajkund Mela 2020

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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