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Missing fairyland magic in fairytales staged at Shimla Gaiety Theater

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SHIMLA- Department of Language Art and Culture had been organizing winter hobby classes from past one month that is from Dec 15, 2015 onwards and students of theater workshop staged their production at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla.

During the event more than 70 students participated and staged different short plays including Cinderella, Snow White, The lottery, Umeed ke Kiran, Chari di kul and Thangi ka Puraskar all directed by Anita Thakur, teacher for the classes.

Based on the fairytale Cinderella whose original story was of a girl who got ill treated by her stepmother and sisters and in end gets married to a prince. This play also tried to project the same but unfortunately the fairyland magic was missing. The dearth creativity on part execution of the story was visible and there was no use of music that could have made little ones little more comfortable on the stage.

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Other fairytale that was attempted by the director was Snow White – a German fairy tale known across much of Europe and is today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, matricide and filicide many of which were missing in execution.

Envious queen tries various attempts to kill Snow white including disguising as an old peddler, a comb seller and finally as a farmer’s wife who offers her poisonous apple. Here in execution only single attempt made without any element of envy, horror or another to name that can actually make the spectators connect and get transported to the Fairland as one is when they read a book. Story concluded with Snow White waking up and no moral message was passed as in original story where the evil mother meets a tragic end.

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Another attempt was based on a short story – The lottery by Anton Chekov. It is a story about a man whose wife believes she has won the lottery after her husband, Ivan Dmitritch, reads her the series, which is correct, but not the number, which is incorrect. After Ivan reads her the series, she becomes ecstatic and can’t believe that she just won the lottery. Ivan tells her not to worry about the number, which is incorrect. Ivan and his wife begin to daydream and fantasize about the life they will have once they win the lottery money.

The director played way too much with the original story and while giving her personal touch. The poor family all of sudden had a servant to serve and other than that not even a single dialogue was audible.

Umeed dealt with the theme of a girl who refuses to get married to a man who comes drunk with his entire family and friends on the wedding day. She shows courage and finally refuses to get married to him and is even supported by her family. Here too the voice was not audible.

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Chari based on the famous folklore in Himachal depicts story of a royal family who sacrifice their daughter in law’s life at alter of their Kul devi for rain. Here the essence of the story was totally lost. The story was portrayed too flat and one who was not versed with the story could not make out head or tail from the presentation.

Being such a sensitive tale spectators could not empathies with the woman and children didn’t even delivered any speech that could reflect the grimness associated with main character.

Thagi which can be called the best production of the day showed how people are robbed and fooled by babas. It was a satire on the current situation prevailing in the society and here for a change students were seen playing their characters in a playful manner.

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Throughout the staging of plays actors did not face the audiences. Most of the dialogues were hit against the backdrop of stage. the lack of creativity on part of director was visible as not even a single show had music which could have easily justified the situation and help not only students but spectators as well to create feeling of empathy, compassion or any other emotion to name.

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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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