SHIMLA- “Gur Ka Halwa” a play highlighting the misery of farmers in current times was staged at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla a couple of days ago. The play was organized by the The North Zone Cultural Center Patiyala in association with Department of Language Art and Culture Himachal Pradesh.
The story of play revolved around a poor farmer who was in debt to a rich money lender. Farmer was forced to mortgage his wife’s jewelry to meet his daily life struggle may that be of providing basic needs like food to family and education to his daughter or medical treatment for his old father.
Father’s patience gives up as the money lender offers to buy his young daughter and farmer and his wife decides to murder their daughter by giving her poisonous “Gur Ka Halwa”. Play failed to do justice to the theme as there was hardly any story line. The play came like a flat faced narrative without much of modulation there was no climax and ended abruptly.
The boy who comes and informs about various schemes was more of an announcement than anything else. If performed as street play there too it is doubted that it would have done any justice to government programs and schemes when it came to enlightening people.However no doubt the question that it wanted to raise The – that though government is providing with various schemes for farmers but still many are not aware about the benefit and hence are forced to end their lives or make wrong decisions. In Farmer is enlightened about the scheme and hence he is filled with a new hope.
Use Offerings Made at Himachal’s Hindu Religious Institutions Only For Hindus, Employ Only Hindus: HP Govt
Shimla-The Additional Chief Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Language, Art & Culture Department has issued a notification barring the use of offerings made at the Hindu religious places or institutions for non-Hindu Communities.
Directions in this regard have been issued to Commissioners (temple) under Section 27 of the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1984.
“All the receipts or offerings including gold and silver of the Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments shall be used only for the purposes pertaining to the welfare and other activities relating to only Hindus. No receipts or offerings shall be used for the purposes associated with activities relating to Non-Hindus,” the notification said.
Further, now, no non-Hindu person would be given any sort of employment at the Hindu religious institutions/places.
“All the officers and officials including the personnel related to security etc. whether appointed or deputed or taken on outsourcing basis shall be out of the persons professing the Hindu religion only,” the notification said.
No further clarification was provided regarding the intended purpose of this move.
Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events
Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.
The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.
It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.
Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe
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.