Art & Culture
Him Rang Mahotsav -2015 staged at Gaiety
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.
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.
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.
Art & Culture
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.
Art & Culture
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.
Art & Culture
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.