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Shimla-based young filmmaker’s short film selected for Paris Film Festival 2015

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SHIMLA- Siddharth Chauhan, an independent filmmaker from Shimla, has once again made Himachal Pradesh proud by taking his thought provoking and award winning short film to theatres.

His film ‘Boys Don’t Wear Nailpolish’ had first made news in February 2014 when it had won the Best Film Award at the International Short Film Festival of Kerala, which was just the beginning.

Impressed with his short film, Carolina Theatre Group, Unites States had invited it for a special screening in October, 2015. The film has won the ‘Gold Halo Award’ at the SCRIPT International Short Film Festival-2014. It was also screened at Delhi International Film Festival-2013, Phoenix Film Festival in Kolkata, and International Documentary and Short Film Festival VIBGYOR-2014.

Now, this low budget film that was made in 2013 for an Indian film Festival has been selected for screening at the Paris Film Festival on 1st December 2015.

Siddharth has become the first independent filmmaker from Himachal Pradesh to have taken his locally produced films outside India. He has made some other short films as well and all of them are shot in Shimla. With it, Siddharth has taken Himachal’s local culture, talent and scenic beauty to the world screen.

Surprisingly, Sidharth has not received any professional training in this field, but still his films have been screened across countries like Sarajevo, England, USA, Belarus, Durham, Indonesia, New Zealand, Italy and now Paris; a monumental victory for the untrained 25 year old Shimla based filmmaker.

His film, ‘Boys Don’t Wear Nail Polish’ is set in the backdrop of the traditional Indian mindset and is a poignant, eloquent and stirring statement on a society where gender is reinforced in the mind of children from right from their birth.

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The film portrays a battle against gender-stereotyping in which a mother is fighting to protect her child’s individuality in the society.

The Film stars Ms. Kamayani Bisht, Assistant Professor of English at the Centre of Excellence Govt. College Sanjauli, Manan Thakur, and a class-2 student at St. Edwards School in Shimla. Film is completely made with the help of a local cast and crew.

About Sidharth Chauhan

Born in Renuka in 1990, Siddharth has never undergone any professional training in this field. He has studied Computer Applications and gained his degree in masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

Siddharth’s experimentation with films had started during his graduation, which continued in the coming years.

There after he made ‘The Infinite Space’, a fictional story of a Buddhist monk who dares to believe in the impossible, once again with local actors, crew and real life Buddhist monks. The film was selected by The University of Manchester, UK, for their film curation scheme in 2015 where the Selection Jury reviewed it as a film that “maintains the peace and serenity of Buddhism – there is a dramatic tension, but it doesn’t lose sight of the rhythms of the Buddhist day and nor does it veer into (Western) cinematic melodrama and sensationalism.” and called it a piece of “Excellent cinematic storytelling, Well Shot with some striking images”.

Siddharth is currently working on a few more scripts and readying for the release of his next film titled ‘PAPA’, starring Mohit Singh Parmar, an actor from Palampur, who has appeared in a Himachali film ‘Nath Bhajj’ and Sushma Kaul, H.O.D. Department of English at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla. The film is based on the complicated relationship of a disabled mother and her only son, who are adjusting to their lives after a terrible accident.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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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