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Art Exhibition 2016 at Gaiety Theatre Shimla enthralls all




SHIMLA- People of city got an opportunity to experience the magic of art in the form of an art exhibition held at the historic Gaiety Theatre organized by form Department of Visual Arts of Himachal Pradesh University, from May 3 to 5.


The recent art exhibition in the historic Gaiety Theatre attracted lots of art lover. The collective effort by seventeen the young dynamic artists form Department of Visual Arts of Himachal Pradesh University was definitely worth an appreciation.

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The recent art exhibition in the historic Gaiety Theatre attracted lots of art lover. The collective effort by seventeen the young dynamic artists form Department of Visual Arts of Himachal Pradesh University was definitely worth an appreciation.


Him Chatterjee, Chairman Department of Visual Arts HPU expressed his joy over students’ achievement saying,

Art is one of the powerful evocative and articulate forms of expressions of human experiences and that learning to express oneself through art is to learn the beautiful and universal languages of the human soul. So in order to spread the language of Art, the Students of Department of Visual Arts have done good efforts to present their creative paintings in the form of the Art Exhibition-2016. I have seen the students growing ever since they entered in the Department. They Worked hard and evolved their own styles. I am sure, this Exhibition will encourage them. I wish them a brilliant success in life,

As in words of Dr. Nand Lal Asstt. Prof. (Department of Visual Arts Himachal Pradesh University),

Learning to paint is quite easy but becoming an artist is not. Learning to Paint is learning to see, not just details but what is significant enough to paint. We go through life visually. If painting do not confirm to those visual impacts it means we do not see correctly. You can’t paint what you cannot see. All the young artists worked hard and developed their own styles to express their feelings. I wish them a brilliant success in their life.

All Artists used various possible mediums like oil, acrylic, water color, pencil and charcoal to name, to give wings to their creativity. People got an opportunity view numerous themes ranging from human life transformation in work of Manash to complexities of modern life where like Bull (theme) people are circling round and round and reward is not even close to them.

Himachali Art

On other hand Himachali culture is celebrated and on other one could have experience woman being celebrated as Symphony. Work of Dev celebrated Shiva shakti and on other hand Sushma woks depicted horses that shouts never say die attitude against all odd. Blend of Yog was also experienced in during the show.

Like it is said “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight”, over all it was a great show and one can hope to see some new bright faces changing the face of art in Himachal.

During the exhibition nearly 40 paintings were exhibited that gave an insight into the minds of the young seventeen talented artists; (including Rekha Sharma, Geetanjali Verma, Sheetal Bharti, Poonam Mehta, Dinesh Attry, Sushma Thakur, Anshil Sharma, poonam Chauhan, Devvrut Vishwakarma, Swati, Aarti, Yashodhara Raje Bundela, Ruchi Bamta, Manash Pratim Talukdar, poonam Hetta, Shetal Verma and Dharam Chand).

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10




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)


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



Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18

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



Bhimakali temple in Surajkund Mela 2020

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 .

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.

Himachal at surajkund mela 2020

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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