18112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/17/2020 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b PRIYANKA IS BFC’S AMBASSADOR The British Fashion Council has revealed Priyanka Chopra Jonas as their Ambassador for Positive Change. PeeCee has been recruited by BFC in their efforts to drive home the message of change by using fashion as a platform to inspire future generations. TRIBUNE Teardrops Tiffany Haddish says fake eyelashes drove her to tears recently. She says being a Hollywood personality takes ‘blood, sweat and tears’. IANS CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 18 NOVEMBER 2020 As Tagore Theatre is set to re-open, the artistic community of tricity is geared up to infuse life into the cultural scene And the curtain is ready to go up Mona T ❝ HE cultural hub of Chandigarh, Tagore Theatre, which was closed in March due to the pandemic is set to open its doors. The very stage that has brought together scintillating performances and formidable acts has been missed by the culturati. The opening has the theatre goers enthused but everything comes with a safety check first. About time! Mukesh Sharma, director, Samvaad Theatre Group, is glad that finally Tagore Theatre is opening. “We have this addiction of hanging out at Tagore, catching performances. Now that the artiste in me, is raring to go back, feel the ambience with the hope to bring back stage produc- ❝ tions.” Through the lockdown, Mukesh turned his focus towards filmmaking. “Because of the lockdown, we didn’t work on any theatre production, but with this new move, we will work on one soon keeping the safety norms in mind.” A technician at Radiology department at the Government Medical College & Hospital-32, Mukesh understands that times are still not normal. “Coronavirus is reviving. So, we need to be careful, yet, we want the audience back. We will ensure all safety norms.” Not ready to endanger people “One major concern at this moment is darshak kya ayega?” asks Sudesh Sharma, founder, Theatre for Theatre (TFT). “Theatre thrives on its audience. Looks like people are still not ready to take any risk for entertainment.” He gives an example of cinema, how despite opening of multiplexes there is lit- tle footfall. He thinks theatre too has to wait for the audience to return. “While last few months have been rather tough on theatre folks, what good came out was the virtual platform that brought us all together to learn and train.” While the government’s nod to Tagore is a welcome step considering TFT’s 30-day winter festival is around the corner, Sharma would rather be safe. “Our winter fest is quite a spread from 9 am to 9 pm for 30 days with performances, work- Daughter of artists Arpita Singh and Paramjit Singh, artist Anjum Singh lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday HE year 2020 has been a year of restrict my palette sometimes, because losses. Young and progressive that sense of adventure tends to fade artist Anjum Singh left this world away if you are overconfident.” after six-and-a-half years of couraPure colours were her first choice and geous battle with cancer. Daughter of use of white and black for mixing celebrated artists Arpita Singh and meant contamination. In time, she Paramjit Singh, Anjum inherited cre- went on to acquire a degree in painting ativity from her parand printmaking from 1967- 2020 ents and followed it as The Corcoran School her profession as well of Art, Washington as passion. DC. That being her In her oeuvre, she first time out of turned mundane India, it opened a objects and symbols whole new world to to showcase her worry her, which later about growing materitranslated into her alism, urban conflowing, experimensumerism, and envital works. ronment degradation. In her last exhibiBased in New Delhi, tion titled I am Still she did her BFA at Here in 2019, she Santiniketan, West turned inward to draw Bengal in 1989. Then inspiration and it was in 1991, she did MFA her own body that from College of Art, become the muse. New Delhi. As a stuShe played with the dent at Santiniketan, PHOTO COURTSEY DIWAN MANNA perspective of medishe ventured into figucine. The intricate sysrative motifs as she was highly influ- tems, currents, flows, exchanges as well enced by Amrita Sher-gil. as point of breakdown that occur within A look at her paintings and you can the internal realm were brought into view see the artist had deep love for colours. in the exhibition. She threw light on the In one of her interviews, she even broken parts of her body, on the process of expressed her fascination with bright objectification in medical treatment. hues. “It is very important to know your There is an effort to make you stop and limitations. My problem is with colour. I think beyond the visible. am very comfortable using red and I She’s gone but will never be forgotten, know if something is not working, I can through her art, she will live on forever… use red to make it work. I consciously —Gurnaaz Kaur ❝ GIRL WITH A VISION SHE WAS A YOUNG ARTIST WHO HAD FOUND HER PATH. WITH A FRESH THOUGHT, NEW VISION SHE WAS OUT THERE TO WIN THE WORLD. THIS GIRL WITH HER OWN LIGHT WAS TAKING ART AHEAD TO THE WORLD. – PREM SINGH SO DIGNIFIED SHE WAS AN AMAZING GIRL. AND HAD SHE NOT BEEN STRICKEN WITH CANCER, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ABSOLUTE FRONTLINE ARTIST. I HAVE SEEN HER FROM HER SCHOOL DAYS. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. HER GOING AWAY IS DEEPLY SADDENING. – MADAN GOPAL SINGH FULL OF LIFE I WILL REMEMBER ANJUM NOT ONLY FOR HER DISTINCTIVE ART STYLE BUT FOR HER WARMTH AND ENTHUSIASM. DESPITE HER LENGTHY BATTLE WITH CANCER SHE WAS ALWAYS FULL OF LIFE AND ALWAYS SMILING. I HAVE SEEN HER WORK EVOLVE OVER THE YEARS. —BHAVNA KAKAR Anjum Singh at her solo exhibition titled All That Glitters Is Litter. PHOTO COURTESY MANISHA GERA BASWANI c m y b FOR US LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE OUR LIFE’S ELIXIR, WE CANNOT SURVIVE SANS IT FOR LONG. BEING A PART OF THE AKADEMI AND NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ANYTHING WAS QUITE IRKSOME. SUDESH SHARMA She will always be here T ❝ IF BY STAGING A PLAY, WE ENDANGER THE LIVES OF OUR AUDIENCE THEN WE ARE NOT READY TO TAKE THAT RISK SHOBHA KOSER ATUL SHARMA shops and ru-ba-rus. We have just started to chalk out the plan. We would adhere to all safety norms and would only go ahead if we think if we could do it without any risks. The aim of theatre is not to earn money but highlight social issues and if by staging a play, we endanger our audience then we are not ready to take that risk.” It’s possible to brave the odds Quite perplexed at the rising number of Covid cases, Shobha Koser from Pracheen Kala Kendra puts forth, “For us live performances are our life’s elixir, we cannot survive sans it for long.” While the webinars have kept her going, she hopes that along with the rest the cultural scene claims its space back. “We have started live performances for small groups ensuring social distancing; temperature checks and ‘no masks no entry’ policy. If Tagore opens, we would look forward to holding programmes there. Keeping 2/3 chairs empty, and safety norms, we believe live per- formances can be brought back too, after all people did celebrate Diwali.” We will do it! Atul Sharma, vice-president, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, welcomes the move. “Being a part of the Akademi and not being able to do anything was quite irksome. The opening of Tagore Theatre is a good move. We would be looking forward to the shows but with much emphasis on safety.
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