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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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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.  

Mandi shivratri pictures 2021

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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 . 

CM Jairam Thakur not wearing mask

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




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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