With its full Orchestra, the band climbed to the top of the highest peak in the Shimla district – Chansal Pass at 4,520 metres (14,830 ft) and descended to reach the other side Dodra and Kwar
SHIMLA- Recently, a Shimla-based music band ‘Ispat’ released the trailer of its upcoming video song “Bulbule”. Himachal Watcher received an opportunity to watch the complete music video prior to its release. The music and lyrics are delightful and romantic and the landscapes are stunningly beautiful. The video has bird-view drone shots of some beautiful locations in Shimla district. Considering that the video is mostly self-funded by the band members and is recorded in home-studio, it deserves a mention.
The band took only five days to complete the shooting of this music video despite traveling to one of the most remote and isolated region of Himachal Pradesh as well as of India – Dodra-Kwar, locked away between the steep-high Himalayan mountains. Dodra -Kwar didn’t have a motorable road until 2009 when first HRTC bus service was introduced by the govt. The region is about 200 km from capital city Shimla. The Chanshal ski slopes are considered the longest in South Asia by experts.
With its full Orchestra, the band climbed to the top of the highest peak in the Shimla district – Chansal Pass at 4,520 metres (14,830 ft) and descended to reach the other side Dodra and Kwar, two regions consisting of villages separated by gushing waters of river Rupin.
Trailer of ISPAT’s ‘BulBule’
Both Dodra and Kwar have their own rich socio-cultural history with marvelous works of architecture including temples.
So far, this part of Himachal, which has mostly remained unexplored due to tough geographical and climatic conditions, was hardly explored as location for shooting. The region is approachable only through Chansal Pass that remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall. Until 2009, before the region was connected with the nearest Rohru town via a motorable road, people used to trek for 2-3 days to reach the other side. But even this road isn’t less than an adventure and it can scare hell out of even skilled riders.
ISPAT has shown the region in a refreshing perspective with some wonderful scenes set in a hamlet of traditionally built, slate-roof houses. You also get short, but clear glimpses of the village and villagers in their traditional dresses.
Some scenes of the video are shot in Hassan Valley in Shimla. It’s a ‘Water Catchment Sanctuary’ with very dense deodar forest cover. Drone footage in the video will give you better idea.
Though, it’s was dangerous, the band took its chances and even filmed a swimming scene in Pabbar River. Then, there are some scenes set in Mashobra.
But the scenes of Chansal Pass and Dodra are most charming. Apparently, this part of the world is not meant for tourists. It’s for loners and travelers. There isn’t any hotel or inn here except a PWD guesthouse, which is not a privileged place to stay. At best, you can get home-stays.
That was about the location of the shooting. Himachal Watcher also got a chance to interact with the members of the band. All the actors and artists belongs to Himachal.
About the Band and Actors
|Singer||Varun Kainthla (22)||Shimla (Narkanda)|
|Lead Guitarist||Sunny (30)||Una|
|Bass Guitar||Sahitya Chauhan(28)||Shimla (Chopal)|
|Rhythm Guitar||Ravi Chauhan (29)||Shimla (Chopal)|
|Drummer||Manish Verma(29)||Shimla (Kumarsen)|
|Lead Actor||Sahitya Chauhan (28)||Shimla (Chopal)|
|Lead Actress||Pooja Chauhan (23)||Shimla (Rohru)|
|Anu Thakur (27)||Kullu (Banjar)|
As per the band, the song is actually a dedication to someone and the lyrics were written a couple of years back. Finally, the band is ready to release the music video ‘Bulbule’ on January 1, 2017.
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.
International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties
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.
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 .
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.
Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10
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)
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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