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Shimla-based band’s upcoming music video trailer shows marvelous glimpses of Chanshal Pass and Dodra-Kwar

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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.

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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. 
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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.

Photo: K Kasturi

Photo: K Kasturi

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.

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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.

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Photo Copyright: ISPAT/Himachal Watcher

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.

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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

Artist Name Place
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)
Lyrics Ravi Chauhan Shimla

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.

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The band also shared some of their memories they had captured during their shoot in their mobile phone.
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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10

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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)

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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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Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18 Announced, These 4 Persons Would be Honored

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Shimla– ‘Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman’ Award has been announced for the year 2017-18, informed the Secretary Academy Dr. Karam Singh on June 6, 2020.  

The recommendation of the jury the winners have been announced, he said, adding that four Shikhar Samman (awards) would be given in the field of language, culture and literature for two years and Rs. one lakh each would be given to each awardee.

He said that for the year 2017, Prof. Keshav Sharma would be honoured for contribution in Literature and special achievements. Folk Singer Mohan Rathour would be honoured with Language and Culture Shikar Samman.

For the year 2018, Dr. O.C. Handa would be honoured with Sahitya Shikhar Samman, whereas Dinesh Kumari of Kangra would be honoured in Art and Culture sector.

The ‘Shikhar Samman’ is given to the Himachali writers in the field of art and culture and to littérateurs from the country who worked for the promotion of Himachali language, traditions and culture.

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Video: Replica of Himachal’s Bhimakali Temple at International Surajkund Mela Becomes Centre of Attraction

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Shimla- The replica of Bhimakali temple in the ongoing 34th International Surajkund Crafts Mela has become the main attraction. The real temple is located in Sarahan of Shimla district and dedicated to goddess Bhimakali.

Himachal is a theme state for this event. A large number of people are visiting to see the permanent structure of the Bhimakali temple, which has been built in traditional style.

Earlier, in the year 1996 also Himachal was the theme state and permanent replica of Maheshwar Devta temple was set up there. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism has organized the event in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs from 1st to 16th February .

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Besides this, five temporary gates and one permanent gate made in traditional Himachali style have been set up in the Mela ground, giving a glimpse of the state. Two-storey Apna Ghar made in traditional Pahari style has also been set up and a family from district Chamba is starting in it this family is providing the tourists with an experience of rural culture and lifestyle of the state.

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The stalls of handicrafts and handlooms of the state are also being much liked by the tourists. Various cultural programmes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the state are being presented during the Mela.  A large number of tourists are also visiting the information centre set up at the Mela ground.

 The government claims that in order to attract national and international tourists, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh is marketing and publicizing the tourism potential of the State.

The government claims such international level platform will help in the promotion of Tourism as well as rich cultural heritage, folk songs, handloom-handicrafts, cuisines of the state and these tourism-related products are the attraction for the tourists.

 

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