No supervision from the local organizers or from Children Film Society, hardly any adherence to time schedule, no refreshments to students, no words of encouragement
SHIMLA- It does not make any sense to talk with a common sense to a person who has almost all thinking common with almost all people all the time, and remains confined within own circumference of ‘I’, ‘ME’ and ‘Myself’ and often has the view or sentence with the word ‘YOU’ and something similar is experienced when it come to dealing with art and culture promotion in the city.
Recently, the children film festival held at Gaiety Theater made news not for the quality of films that were being screened but unfortunately for DC reaching the venue to inaugurate the festival and only to be received by a vacant hall.
However, later the festival was inaugurated by Addl. District Magistrate G.C. Negi but it really pains to see the careless attitude when it comes to screening of festival. There was not a single representative present on the spot on second day from the organizers party.
First time as per the reliable sources such festivals is seen where there is no supervision from the local organizers or from Children Film Society. There is hardly any check if the time schedule is followed or not and above all children are not even provided with refreshments that came all the way walking from different parts of Shimla to be part of this festival.
The most ironic thing in the festival is that it is claimed to be held with a hope to inspire students and to entertain the children through educative films, a film featuring Shreya Sharma (Mehak Mirza) a local girl who has worked in a film like “Blue Umbrella” goes unnoticed. It was responsibility of the authorities to formally invite her or atleast inform her about the screening of film (which she however learned from someone else before any formal intimation might be sent as per the time of writing of this article it was not).
It does pain a lot for not able to say a different and caring thought being felt inside, but it feels even more agony by saying out the same and then seeing the indifferent attitude of the people towards it. as one of the spectators was asked if he knew that she was a local girl living in particular place his attitude too said why do I care.
Majority of the spectators do not even recognize her and hence remain in dark. If the festival is to educate students we need to tell them and make them familiar with artists who are starting as children and not wait till the time they become big names like Preity Zinta or Kangana.
More than thousands of students were part of this festival and yet not a word of appreciation for the ones who are trying hard to make the state proud.
Devdhun Played by 2200 Bajantris at Kullu Dussehra Enters ‘India Book of Records’, Fest Concludes
Kullu-The international Kullu Dussehra concluded on Monday with great fanfare and enthusiasm. More than 281 deities from various parts of Kullu district participated in this cultural extravaganza.
Other than Mega Natti performed by 4000 women on October 12, over 2200 Bajantris (instrumentalists) congregated at the Atal Sadan ground on October 13 in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to play ‘Devdhun’
Devdhun is the sound that resonates after playing different traditional instruments when deities move out of their temples to join local festivals. ‘Devdhun’ has been entered as a record in the India Book of Records with a record 2200 Bajantries playing the musical instruments simultaneously.
The Mega Natti performed in 2015 by nearly 10000 women at Kullu Dussehra has already entered into Guinness Book of World Records.
On Monday, Chief Minister presided over the concluding ceremony held at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra, Kullu. He announced to increase the nazrana (honorarium) of local deities participating in Kullu Dussehra festival by five per cent. He also announced an increase of 25 per cent in distance allowance (Duri Bhatta) given to the deities.
He announced 15 percent increase in remuneration of Bajantaris, who accompany the local deities to the festival besides increasing the amount for celebrating Haripur and Manikaran Dussehra from Rs 75,000 to Rs one lakh and for Vashisht Dussehra festival from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs. 75,000. He said that the ‘Gur’ of the Deities would be provided a separate amount of Rs 1000.
Kullu Dussehra provides a livelihood to the indigenous community as they provide them with a platform to display their products for a much wider audience. This festival was also contributing immensely in promoting tourism in the State with tourists visiting Kullu to watch this cultural extravaganza from the world over.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government would ensure that this event not only become a regular event but also an added attraction of International Kullu Dussehra. He said that in the present era of cut-throat competition, our age-old culture and traditions were slowly vanishing and urged the people to come forward to conserve the same. He announced Rs. 5 lakh from his discretionary fund to the Bajantaries who performed during the event.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the building of Press Club, Kullu for facilitating the journalists of Kullu district.
He distributed prizes to the winners of different events on the occasion and released Souvenir brought out by the Dussehra Organizing Committee. He also released a poster of documentary ‘Gallantry Saga-BRO, released a booklet published by State Language and Art Academy and a souvenir ‘Atal Samritian’ published by Kullu Sanskriti Vikas Manch.
Chief Minister was also presented with a book ‘Indigenous Building Practice System in Western Himalayas-A Comparative Study’ authored by a young author, Architect and expert in traditional Kathkuni house, Rahul Bhushan.
Video: Mega Natti at Kullu Dussehra 2019 Performed by 4,000 Dancers to Send Out Message of Cleanliness & Nutrition
Kullu- International Kullu Dussehra Festival on October 12, 2019, witnessed a traditional dance “Natti” performed by four thousand women at the Dhalpur’s Rath Maidan. It event was named as “Mega Natti or Manha Natti”. Women from various parts of the district including Manali, Sainj, Anni, Banjar etc participated in the dance. Not only a large number of locals swarmed the Rath Maidan to witness this majestic scene, but visitors from foreign countries also witnessed and captured it in their cameras.
This year’s theme was Swachhta (Cleanliness) and Poshan (Nutrition). These thousands of women, dressed in the traditional attire of Kullu district, danced on the beats of traditional folk songs and instruments for one hour. During the first 25 minutes, ‘Natti’ was performed by Anganwari workers to send out a message on cleanliness.
The tradition of performing “Natti” by a group of thousands of women had begun in 2014. While about six thousand women had participated in ‘Natti’ in 2014, in 2015, 9,892
women had performed during Kullu Dussehra, which was recorded in the Guianese Book of World Records.
Since 2014, this tradition continues, and every year Mega Natti is organized on different themes. In 2015, the theme was “Save Girl Child.”
Cabinet Minister Govind Singh Thakur also attended the event as the Chief Guest. The Deputy Commissioner, Dr Richa Verma, was also present on the occasion. Both participated in the dance too.
The District Administration has been receiving appreciation for its efforts to highlight the traditional culture of Kullu and the messages of awareness it is delivering through this event.
While Dussehra in other parts of India is celebrated for only one day, in Kullu, the celebrations continue for a week. During this period, approximately five lakh visitors, including domestic and international, attend the weeklong festivity.
HP Govt Should invite Hollywood, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. to Shoot Films in Himachal: Makkar
Shimla– Through new Himachal Pradesh Film Policy 2019, the state government is endeavouring to promote the state as a popular destination for filmmakers, said Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and Information & Public Relations, Sanjay Kundu, while interacting with the Chief Executive Officer of Producers Guild of India, Kulmeet Makkar, who met him regarding the film policy of the state government.
Makkar said that since Himachal offers offer natural grandeur and splendid environment, the state government should also invite Hollywood, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other channels to shoot films in Himachal Pradesh.
He informed the Principal Secretary that leading producers like Ramesh Sippy and Subhash Ghai have established centres for media and entertainment education in Mumbai for instance, Ramesh Sippy has established in collaboration with Mumbai University, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment. On similar lines, the Himachal Government may think of establishing such institutes for skill development of its youth so that they can pursue their careers in the film and entertainment industry.
Kulmeet Makkar invited the Chief Minister to visit Mumbai and interact with the Bollywood producers and cinema builders (like PVR, INOX etc). He said the Chief Minister may discuss the film policy of the state with the producers and invite the cinema builders to establish modern cinema halls in the state.
Besides, the producers could also be invited to shoot films in the state and suggested for familiarization visit of film producers to virgin destinations of the state like Chanshal, Pong Dam, Bir Billing and Janjehli etc.
Deputy Director (Technical) of I&PR department briefed about the main features of the film policy of Himachal Pradesh. A film facilitation office would be opened soon in the Directorate of Information and Public Relations with email, web page and presence on social media for ensuring liaison and interaction with the film industry, he said.
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