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Battle of Saragarhi comes alive
27.06.18 - TEAM PT
Battle of Saragarhi comes alive



As the words of Havaldar Ishar Singh echoed through the still night, there were tears in the eyes of many among the audience. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, whose book on the historic Battle of Saragarhi had inspired the amazing fusion of sight and sound, could also be seen turning emotional.

The Sight and Sound show on the Battle of Saragarhi came alive in S.A.S Nagar on Tuesday evening against the backdrop of a digital set, showcased on a 50 feet LED screen. As Havaldar Ishar Singh delivered those motivational words, underlining the call of duty that had led the 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army to their deaths while fighting the Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen, there was a chilling silence among the audience. It appeared as though the battle of 12th September, 1897, was being replayed in front of their eyes, more than a century after it was valiantly fought by the men belonging to 36th Sikhs.

Speaking before the start of the show, Amarinder lauded it as yet another step towards commemorating the event that had, over the years, got covered under the sands of time. The Chief Minister, who has been instrumental in bringing the important event back into the limelight with his book, said such shows could help create the much-needed awareness about the battle that is a vital part of Sikh history.
         
Keen for today’s generation to imbibe the spirit of gallantry with which the 21 soldiers took on the mighty force of the Afghan tribesmen, he pointed out that his government had also announced his government’s decision to incorporate the Battle of Saragarhi in school curriculum in Punjab.
         
The Sight and Sound show could further help in propagating the spirit underlying the battle, said Amarinder, adding that this most famous `Last Stands’ in military history should become a symbol of inspiration and motivation for the younger generations. 

According to Harbaksh Latta, the producer and co-scripter of the show, it took them eight months to weave together the tapestry of the events of that momentous day. The book penned by Amarinder Singh inspired him to take up the subject for his new Sight & Sound show – a concept that he says is different from the Light & Show on account of being a fusion of theatre and film. And the book, titled `Saragarhi and the Defence of the Samana Forts: The 36th Sikhs in the Tirah Campaign 1897-98’, became his chief source of all the research he needed to do for the realization of the concept, says Latta, who co-scripted the show with Keshav Bhrata.
         
The one-hour show, choreographed by 45 artistes/actors, is predominantly in rural Punjabi language, which the soldiers who fought the Battle mainly spoke. The Pashtun soldiers are seen speaking rustic Urdu while the British use a mix of English and Hindi in the show.
         
This was the third screening of the show – the first being in Patiala during the Heritage Festival, followed by another at the War Museum in Amritsar.
         
The show has been produced at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh, the bulk of which went into arranging the historic uniforms/dresses, replicating the guns used in the battle and getting the 36th Sikhs badges designed.
         
Besides several retired Army officials, the show was attended by Army Commander (Western Command) Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh; Corp Commander Lt. Gen A S Kler; GoC 1st Armoured Div Maj. Gen. JS Sandhu; and Col. Of the Sikh Regiment currently commandment IMA, Lt, Gen SK Jha.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Punjab Kala Parishad to confer Jaswant Singh Kanwal with 'Punjab Gaurav Puraskar'
25.06.18 - TEAM PT
Punjab Kala Parishad to confer Jaswant Singh Kanwal with 'Punjab Gaurav Puraskar'



CHANDIGARH, JUNE 25: The Punjab Kala Parishad would honour eminent Punjabi literatteur Jaswant Singh Kanwal with 'Punjab Gaurav Puraskar' on the eve of his birth centenary. The Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar and the Secretary General Dr. Lakhwinder Johal would personally honour the doyen of Punjabi Literature on 26th June at his native village Dhudike in Moga District.
         
Dr. Surjit Patar said that it is a moment of extreme pride for the Punjabi literary circles to have got the chance to celebrate 100th birthday of the shining star of Punjabi literature Jaswant Singh Kanwal. He further said that the momentous occasion would be observed by every personality connected with Punjabi literature at the residence of Kanwal at village Dhudike with the great gusto.
         
Divulging more, the Secretary General of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Lakhwinder Johal said that the parishad would honour Mr. Kanwal on the occasion with 'Punjab Gaurav Puraskar' which would include prize money of Rs. 1 lakh, a shawl and a citation.
         
The Media Coordinator of the Punjab Kala Parishad Ninder Ghugianvi added that on the momentous occasion of honouring Jaswant Kanwal at 4 PM on 26th June many big names of the Punjabi literary scene would also be present.

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BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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MUSIC COURSES TO BE OFFERED IN SINGAPORE
Shankar Mahadevan Academy associates with Maharashtra Mandal Singapore
21.06.18 - TEAM PT
Shankar Mahadevan Academy associates with Maharashtra Mandal Singapore



June 21: Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA), a music school founded by singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan, today on World Music Day announced a partnership-with Maharashtra Mandal Singapore (MMS), to offer Indian music programs to students in Singapore. This association will look at reaching out to Indians based out of Singapore and further enhance their music learning experience.

In a short span of eight years, SMA has built  a presence with students from 76 countries with nearly 20000 students across online, schools and corporates and affiliate centres. The Academy operates its online classes 24/7 and has conducted over 95000 virtual classes till date. 

MMS is a platform connecting the Maharashtrian diaspora in Singapore where denizens of the most dynamic state in India meet, socialize, exchange notes and celebrate occasions – including festivals - all under one roof. A home away from home, MMS endeavors to connect Maharashtrians with one another while sharing the spirit of Maharashtra.

Shankar Mahadevan, Bollywood’s most loved singer composer of India, quips," At Shankar Mahadevan Academy, our Vision is "To be the Harvard of Music worldwide" and our Mission is "Joy of Music". We want to make learning Indian music rewarding by making our lovely Indian tradition more modern, more fun and present our valuable traditions in music in a more contemporary way, yet keep a structured way of learning music and reach out to students all across the globe. At Shankar Mahadevan Academy, we provide courses that teach Hindustani & Carnatic Classical, Hindi Movie Songs & Devotional Songs, Grow with Music - a unique course designed for children, Voice Gym and even a Teacher Certification Course. The Academy brings high quality Indian music education online for the first time through it’s cloud based platform that allows students from anywhere in the world to have an online, interactive class with a live teacher. You have access to the OM Book which is a treasure chest of audio & video lessons and even an "OM Riyaaz" recorder which will help students  learn on the go and get instant feedback. We aim to bring the same quality of music education in Singapore and thank MMS for their support in conserving India’s music genres.” 

Ganesh Somwanshi, Founder, Krescendo Communications, Strategic Alliance Partner adds, "We are glad that we could bring two established organisations together on the same platform keeping in mind, a vision of reaching out to music lovers. Music has been close to our heart since inception and we noticed that there is a fair amount of innovation, the basis of Hindustani Music in Singapore remains strongly rooted. MMS and SMA with this association will keep Indian music alive in Singapore which in ASEAN region has one of the strongest traditions of Indian music lovers and learners.” 

Nalini Thite, President of MMS  talking about this association says,” MMS' mission is to cultivate and propagate language and culture via various initiatives. Art forms an important medium to achieve the same. We have great musical and artistic talent in our youth and adult members here. It is a pleasure to bring SMA’s courses to our members to hone their talent. Our members will get a special discount from SMA for these digital learning courses. Non-members can sign up with us and avail the discount. We welcome SMA to Singapore and are excited to be associated with it. We would also like to thank Ganesh Somwanshi of Krescendo Communications for introducing us to SMA and helping us in formulating this alliance.” 
 

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NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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INCURS THE WRATH OF HYPER-NATIONALISTS
Poor Priyanka Chopra
10.06.18 - ABBAS NASIR*
Poor Priyanka Chopra



THE WINDS OF hyper-nationalism are blowing across many parts of the world, but some of its funniest (for want of a better word) manifestations are reserved for our subcontinent.

The latest subject of the Indian hyper-nationalists’ fury is Indian film star Priyanka Chopra, who is playing the lead role in the US TV series Quantico. In the series, she starts off as an FBI trainee and later agent who works on a joint CIA-FBI task force to prevent the assassination of a ‘liberal’ woman president by hardliners in both the political and security establishments.

At one point, the fictional aspect of the series tests the patience of the viewer to the point where she shoots the attorney general of the US in a public place because he was conspiring to undermine democracy and is able to get away clean.

She goes on the run, is sacked from the FBI and then returns to clear her name and be reinstated. If I recall correctly, this was the first series. In the latest, Alex, the character played by Ms Chopra, is part of a ‘black ops’ team that works on US soil to thwart plots against the US.

Now you’d be wondering what here would incur the wrath of the hyper-nationalists. In the most recent episode, a New York professor at Hudson University disappears with weaponised uranium (10 kilos of uranium 235 whatever that means).
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The latest subject of the Indian hyper-nationalists’ fury is Indian film star Priyanka Chopra, who is playing the lead role in the US TV series Quantico.
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It is soon established that a group of ‘Pakistani Muslim’ terrorists have taken the husband and the diabetic son of the professor hostage and are forcing her to connect the uranium to a trigger with the aim of targeting a Pakistan-India peace summit over Kashmir in Manhattan with that nuclear device!

Of course, before any harm is done the black ops team raids the hideout of the terrorists and shoots all of them bar one. When one of her male colleagues is trying to interrogate the only remaining terrorist, Alex examines one of the dead terrorist’s corpse for clues.

And this is where Ms Chopra, or Alex, creates trouble for herself. She rises to her feet and says: ‘Rudrakhsha Mala’, a Hindu rosary. The last thing you’d find on a Pakistani Muslim … false flag operation … Indian nationalists trying to trap Pakistan with a mushroom cloud.

The aim, she adds, was not just to scuttle the peace talks … it’ll put America on India’s side forever. But the nuclear physicist, fearing for her family’s life, has other ideas. She picks up one of the guns dropped by a dead terrorist and forces everyone to head to the peace talks’ venue.
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To their credit, some of the serious sections of the Indian print media came to her rescue, pointing out this was fiction.
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The episode ends after a sniper takes out all the bad guys, including the head of the Indian intel team who, it turns out, had no faith in his own government’s peace efforts and was leading the false flag operation.

In the final moments, the lone, injured terrorist who escapes with the weapon is cornered with the trigger in his hand by Alex and shot when he tries to press the button to unleash a mushroom cloud.

This was enough for hyper-nationalist Indians to take to the social media and attack Ms Chopra rather viciously and raise questions about her patriotism. To their credit, some of the serious sections of the Indian print media came to her rescue, pointing out this was fiction.

A piece in the ‘Wire’ also said that nowhere in the series is she presented as an Indian. In fact, even in this episode an Indian-born FBI colleague tells her, he had mixed feelings about the incident as he thought the Pakistanis were bad. What do you know. You were born in Oakland, he says to Alex.
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But, I guess, this hullabaloo over a few sentences delivered by an actor in a work of fiction demonstrates how insecure this hyper-nationalism has made so many of us.
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I found all this frothing-at-the-mouth condemnation of Priyanka Chopra very funny to be honest as the fiction in the series has hardly any plausible element. It is fiction that often goes into over-the-top, utter-fantasy mode.

But, I guess, this hullabaloo over a few sentences delivered by an actor in a work of fiction demonstrates how insecure this hyper-nationalism has made so many of us. If you can’t tolerate even fiction, God help you when reality confronts you one of these days whatever it may be.

And please before some of you get upset, these thoughts are not about Indian hyper-nationalists exclusively. Wait till the episode is watched by their counterparts on our side of the border. I wish I could say with assurance their reaction would be different on what it said about Pakistan.

Also whilst the rogue Indian agents all appear in well-tailored suits, members of the Pakistani security delegation are attired in such sloppy uniforms that they look no more than caricatures of themselves. This took away any sense of reality.

Now either I cry blue murder at this or shake my head and look at it as a work of fiction designed to entertain and not offend. If I am seriously offended by the content nobody is holding a gun to my head to watch. I can always choose something more suited to my taste and sensibilities.

But we find it impossible to switch channels or just not read or hear what offends us. We have to be outraged and in a manner where someone’s patriotism and integrity is questioned at the drop of a hat. This, even if they were merely being a professional and doing their job.

The world we live in. Sigh.
 
*The writer is a former editor of Dawn. This article first appeared in dawn.com and is being reproduced here with the due permission of the author.
 
 
 

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AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

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WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR

ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES

SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab

OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES

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AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

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SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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