SHIMLA- Most adorable celebrations of Holi are those of children. Owing to natural tendency to get attracted to inherent joy of life, which is visible in its purest form during early childhood, kids are attracted to colors and playfulness, like fireflies .
Awesome Kids, a pre-school and day care centre in Panthaghati, Shimla, shared with us some pictures of its Holi celebration with little angels.
What else to expect from pre-school kids? We had no reason to not share these pictures, which are nothing else but cute smiles and tiny hands holding ‘pichkaris’.
The pictures go with school’s tagline “Colors of Childhood”.
From these pictures, we noticed an admirable feature, the foremost requirement for a playschool- a safe, clean and green, and open space to play. The queen of hills does have this disadvantage – lack of sufficient space for playgrounds.
Majority of schools have managed to cut small portion of hills to provide small grounds, and that is, too, for formality sake. Most of the pre-schools running in Shimla are confined to compact rooms with usual toys.
But the Awesome Kids Shimla has a wonderful vast view of horizons over the layers of mountains and garden where kids can communicate with nature.
It reminds us of a few lines that OSHO, a great, enlightened philosopher, used to say,
If you want to grow roses into your garden, forget about the roses and think about the rose bush: the roses are destined to come at the right time.
Other than a need for working parents, nowadays pre-schools are both trend and a booming business. The kids in cities are more commonly to come across this stage of their long journey into the academic world. So, parents and pre-schools must understand the very essence of this message. .
This pre-school in Shimla city has almost everything that a modern and sophisticated pre-school in larger Indian cities offer – CCTV camera surveillance of every corner of school premises, clean & hygienic rooms, water-filters, open and colorful rooms with lot of space for movement, modern toys, computer assisted learning programs, trained and caring staff, and scientific approach for stimulating growth with learning techniques.
This goes with an effective approach that stresses:
I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla
Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.
Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.
Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.
The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.
He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.
He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.
I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,
Ranjan told Himachal Watcher
His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.
After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,
Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.
Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.
Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.
Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.
About his love for painting, he said,
I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.
It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.
Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film
Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.
Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.
Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.
The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.
In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.
The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.
Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.
He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.
His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.
Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs
Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.
The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.
Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.
The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.
The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.
The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.
The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.
There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.
The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.
The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.
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