Art & Culture
Second International Film Festival Shimla to show 62 films including 15 Himachali short films
SHIMLA-Two day long 2nd International Film Festival (IFF) Shimla kicked off at the historic Gaiety Theatre on Saturday.The festival is being organised by the Himalayan Velocity in collaboration with Department of Language & Culture and Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, HPU, Himachal Tourism as co-organisers.
Students of department of Journalism and Mass Communication, HPU also received an opportunity to participate in the festival with their short film, the ‘Peccant Pie and R-square’ and ‘Chambiali Rap’ music video.
During the two day film fest 62 films including 15 films produced by Himachali film makers would be shown
Dev Kanya, a local film director and producer briefed about the IFF and other aspects of the documentaries, short films and animations to be screened during the two days festival. Her film ‘The Reddening Tree’ based on women issues and minorities would also be screened on the occasion in the festival.
Read: HPU students rock ‘Shimla Film Fest’ with shortfilm ‘Peccant Pie and R-square’
The festivals was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal. Push Raj Thakur, Festival Director welcomed and honoured the CM on the occasion. The state felicitated the budding producers and directors who are participating for the first time in the festival.
The art films carrying social message for the society require to be screened more frequently other than commercial movies. Short films and documentaries based on socio-economic aspects and on life and struggle of common man besides other real issues like environment etc. helps promoting independent cinema and provide good platform to independent filmmakers.
The organizers are hoping that the festival would place Shimla on the International Film Festival Circuit.
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.