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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.

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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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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.  

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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

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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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