Art & Culture
“Boom Shiv Boom” – New video song from multi-talented Himachal artist as tribute to Lord Shiva
SHIMLA – This Shivratri, a multi-talented artist from Himachal has released his new song dedicated to bond the Lord Shiva and his followers share. The video song is a blend of modern music with words of praise for the Lord, which makes it a different musical and spiritual treat. Lyrics glorify attributes of the very character of Lord Shiva – a yogi, the protector and the destroyer of the universe.
Pankaj Badra, who belongs to Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, is an actor, songwriter, guitarist, traveler, activist and one of the finalists of the Channel V Pop Stars. So far he has appeared in three feature films and has been part of TV shows as well. Other than being an artist, he is a member of protest group and musical band “Swaang.” He has also been associated with the band “Laman” for some time.
The video song “Boom Shiv Boom” is written, composed, and sung by Badra as a gesture of gratitude to Shiva. The dedication explores a relationship that derives its motivation not from the fear, but friendship and fascination about the Lord. The devotee (singer) is so mesmerized by his image and power to create and destroy that he requests the Lord to accept him as His servant like the ‘Nandi.’ Furthermore, he threatens to seek goddess Parvati’s intervention in the matter if the Lord refuses to embrace him.
As the scenes suggest aura of Shiva that encompasses limits of race, cast, religion, and nationalism and appeals to his fans worldwide, the very existence of Lord Shiva has been associated with quantum physical theory of creation of universe. The modern quantum physics relates its fundamental concept of creation of matter at subatomic level. At subatomic level, the particles, that are responsible for all creations in this universe, perform an energy dance; much like the one Lord Shiva has been depicted performing in Indian mythology.
There is no exaggeration about this association and A book “The Tao of Physics” by Fritjof Capra has aptly explored this association. Even the European Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva-CERN had installed a two meter tall statue of Nataraja – the form of Shiva depicted in dance pose, in 2004.
When being asked about future explorations, Badra said that he was determined to explore Indian folk music and give it a place on international platform. He is fascinated by culture of his native state Himachal and wants to reach out to pioneer folk musicians and singers of the state.
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.