Art & Culture
Shimla’s Talai Chhinj Mela declared as district level fair
SHIMLA-Chhinj Mela of Talai held in gram panchayat Cheog near Fagu in district Shimla was declared as ‘District Fair’ by Himachal Pradesh Government. Chief Minister made the announcement and also witnessed the wrestling bouts in the Chhinj.
The possibilities to construct stadium at Talai, where the popular fair was held would be explored, Chief Minister said, and added that reorganisation of PWD division Theog would also be done by including Gram Panchayats Cheog, Dharech, Satog and Bani in Division No. -I Shimla.
The fairs and festivals were rich repositories of diverse culture and traditions of the State. It is important for us to preserve our culture so that the future generations can also get acquainted with it. The mela Chhinj Talai was gaining immense popularity all over the State. Traditional sports like Chinj, thodo etc should be preserved and promoted, he added.
State Government has launched World Bank funded “Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project” at a cost of Rs. 1,115 crore. 10 Market Yards/ Collection Centers have been established during three and a half years with an outlay of Rs. 27.45 crore, he claimed. Chief Minister also announced Rs 50,000 for Mela Organizing Committee.
Anirudh Singh MLA Kusumpati constituency demanded a stadium and anti-hail guns for facilitating the apple growers of the area.
Art & Culture
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.
Art & Culture
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.
Art & Culture
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.