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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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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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