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Three-day fest at the Gaiety Theater Shimla by Himachal Cultural Research Forum & Theatre Academy Mandi

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SHIMLA- Artists from Himachal Cultural Research Forum & Theatre Academy Mandi brought their productions on stage for city theater lovers. The three day festival was organized by Academy in association with Indian Cultural Ministry, Department of Language Art and Culture Himachal Pradesh and Language Art and Culture Academy Himachal Pradesh at the historic Gaiety theater.

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During the festival three plays were staged including Baki itihaas which was inspired by Badal Sarkar’s play and directed by Yashraj Yadav. Play forced the audience to retrospect about their self-centered and monotonous lives. The question that is posed before us is that, “Are we really living a meaningful life?” people are getting indulged in various vices and in spite of living in a close relationship we all have skeletons in our closet which can force us to take our own lives as it happened with the character in first half.

Himachal perfomance group

In other half of play, the suicide of the same man was given new outlook as this time he played a teacher who goes insane after an incident of getting attracted to a young child sexually. He is haunted by his thought as he caught some student watching porn in class which was a mirror to his thought for that young girl that was killed by bandits.

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Mohandaas directed by Sukumar Tudu was based on novel written by Uday Prakash showed a struggle of young Mohandas born in a poor family. He manages to get an important job at the ‘Oriental Coal Mines’. However, his success story is brutally disrupted when somebody steals his identity and takes his place in his name. A tale of identity theft becomes a searing condemnation of bureaucratic corruption and conspiracy.

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Last but not the last Eida Bhi hua directed by Seema Sharma and based on Anton Chekhov’s stories was staged. This one was a completely different play as it had variety of emotions including insensitivity of man towards another man who he pays to see him drown on one hand whereas on other story of a father who considers himself to be ultra modern and takes his son to a sex worker as his birthday present.

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Soon he realizes he is not that strong and instead takes his son to buy an umbrella as a gift.

Play also offered a story of a Casanova who always manages to win hearts of married women but this time his new catch stirs his inner core and ultimately he becomes a sober married man and only to meet fellows like him.

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The whole festival was in good taste as spectators enjoyed the shows. Cast for all the play was same and hence dialogues were missed here and there and there were times when actors repeated their dialogues.

However, considering the overall impact it a good break for the audiences as well as the hall that only sees tourist admiring its heritage structure or being visited by many field associated people to revitalize themselves after strolling on mall.

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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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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 .

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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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