28122020-JTR-01.qxd 12/27/2020 10:26 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE LETTERS: IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO, FIXING RESPONSIBILITY MUST PAGE 2 Apart from people being careful, civic bodies and gaushalas should splice the loose ends, say city residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF JIO’s CABLES ‘CATCH’ FIRE, FIR LODGED Jalandhar: As many as 15 bundles of optical fibre cable of Jio (Reliance) which were lying in the open in the Surya Enclave area caught fire in the wee hours on December 26. An FIR in the case has been registered under Section 435 of the IPC at Rama Mandi police station on Sunday. The cops said they were not sure if the cables caught fire by accident or someone set them on fire. Sulakhan Singh, SHO, Rama Mandi police station, said, “Jio cables were lying in 15 bundles in the open in Kamal Vihar area. They caught fire in the wee hours on December 26. An FIR has been lodged. We cannot say whether it was done deliberately. We are going through the CCTV footage of the area.” TNS ADMN CONFERRED SKOCH AWARD The district administration has been awarded the precious Skoch Silver Award for improving service delivery through zero-pendency approach. This award is the highest and national-level honour in the country conferred by an independent organisation. PAGE 2 NOW, A CASE AGAINST THE TEAM OF GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI MAX 15°C | MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C Jalandhar, December 27 Basant Panchami is just round the corner and it has brought smiles on the faces of idol makers. After grappling with low demand and almost negligible business this year due to the pandemic, idol makers are hoping to make some profit during Basant Panchami. Manoj Kumar (55), a native or West Bengal, who lives near DAV College here, said: “While we almost lost our business this year, we are hopeful to get orders next month.” During Basant Panchami, the festival of kites, Hindus worship Maa Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture. Hence, Manoj and other artisans are making Saraswati idols these days. “Idols of different shapes and sizes are sold between ~3,000 and ~6,000. Demands usually come from residential colonies and temples,” adds Manoj. An idol takes 15-20 days to get complete. Owing to the lack of orders during Dasehra and Durga Puja, artisans have not stocked any idols this time and are taking up orders only for customers who are demanding it. In addition, lack of clarity on the expected demand is adding to the woes of idol makers, as they aren’t sure if they should go ahead and stock up or just make idols as per the demand. Manoj has been in the business for decades now. He said: “Our families are making huge idols of goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali for generations now. I never took any special training in making these idols. I just learnt the art by watching my parents and other family members SUNSET MONDAY 5:33 PM PAGE 4 Sony Sab is set to launch a renewed version of Wagle Ki Duniya, which had actors Srivastav and Achrekar. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:25 AM MONDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Classical maestros regale city audiences 145th Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan World’s oldest Hindustani classical music fest ends on a high note Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 An evening of cozy renditions at the compact Shri Ram Hall of the Shri Devi Talab Mandir marked the 145th Shri Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan which was held on Sunday. While the world’s oldest Hindustani classical music festival’s 145th edition remained a comparatively small affair this year in the wake of the pandemic, a limited gathering coupled with choicest music from classical maestros made the evening a quaint outing for music lovers. Started with ‘Mangal Dhwani’ from Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwini Shankar, the evening saw ‘Dhrupad Gayan’ from Prashant Mallick and Nishant Mallick, followed by a recital by three Jalandhar stalwarts – a sitar recital by Pandit Manu Seen, who was accompanied by Ustad Kale Ram on tabla and Pandit Ramakant. Pandit Lachman Singh Seen’s son weaved sitar magic into chilly evening. Tabla from veteran Pandit Ramakant and Ustad Kale Ram provided a stirring rhythmic high to the soothing recital. Dr Prashant Mallick and Dr Nishant Mallick; Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar; and Pt Manu Seen perform at the 145th Harivallabh Sangeet Sameelan in Jalandhar on Sunday. SARABJIT SINGH The festival ended with mellifluous strains of ‘Raga Madhuwanti’ crooned by Mishra brothers—Ritesh and Rajnish—with their Benares Gharana magic. Regulars at the festival, the younger Benares Bandhu dressed in traditional blues provided a tinge of much-needed nostalgia to the well acquainted Harivallabh audience. As they joked, they chose ‘Raga Madhuwanti’ for Idle for months, hope springs eternal for him this Basant Panchami Tribune News Service ACTORS BHARATI ACHREKAR AND AANJJAN SRIVASTAV REUNITE! As per reports, Gangubai Kathiawadi’s son Babuji Rawji Shah has filed a case against Bhansali and Alia Bhatt. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN IDOL MAKER Ajay Joshi PAGE 3 Lack of clarity on expected demand adding to woes, as they aren’t sure if they should go ahead and stock up or just make idols as per demand their first recital. Their rousing voices and seasoned vocals brought the festival to a high as it came to a close. The evening regaled the audiences, which had been looking forward to a concert of refined art for a long time amid the restrictions. The warmth of the music provided a balm to the souls starved of fine arts in winter season. Despite the small gathering and seating as per social distancing protocol – the disciplined audiences seated at equal distances proves a very successful experiment. This example could perhaps be repeated with larger crowd in the coming years. The cozy cushioned gathering in the midst of the winter brought a stirring close to the oneday festival. Two deaths reported in dist, 25 +ve City residents bang thalis in solidarity with farmers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 With 25 new cases of Covid, the tally reached 19,755 in the district on Sunday. With two more Covid deaths, the toll increased to 636. So far, there are 377 active cases in the district and 18,742 persons have been discharged, while as many as 228 people are under home isolation. Meanwhile, Kapurthala district saw two people testing positive for the disease on Sunday. JAL ROUND-UP Samples collected 4,63,897 Negative 4,24,069 19,755 Positive Active 377 Discharged 18,742 636 Deceased Sample inappropriate 3,809 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 27 Two days ahead of the next round of talks of protesting farmers with the Centre over the three contentious farm laws, the farming community on Sunday held ‘Thali Bajao’and ‘Boycott AmbaniAdani’ protest. Following the call by the Kisan Sanyukt Morcha, a large number of residents came out on the roads with utensils to show solidaritity with agitating farmers. The farm union leaders and residents assembled outside Reliance Trends, near Guru Nanak Mission Chowk and at Nikku Park. A protester said, “It’s been over a month now and farm- City residents bang thalis during PM’s Mann Ki Baat in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ers are still sitting on the outskirts of Delhi to safeguard their rights. However, the Centre is still unmoved.” Residents were urged to avoid products and servic- es of Reliance and Adani group. They shouldn’t accept them untill farmers, braving the cold on the Singhu and Tikri borders return home. Locals formed a human chain outside the Model Town gurdwara. Later, videos of ‘Thali Bajao’ protest were widely shared on social media by protesters. Meet the women feeding farmers at Singhu border Say this is the least they can do to help farmers, their annadatas, in their struggle Aparna Banerji here ❝We came Whileabout a fortnight ago. a jatha Tribune News Service families are making idols now. ❝Ourtook any special training. Ifor generationsart by I never just learnt the watching my parents and other family members. With a little amount of dry grass (used to give posture to the idol) we mostly use sand and water. I am selling idols in the city for quite some time now and the special sand used to make these is brought from Beas. It has a perfect texture and colour for shaping the idols. Manoj Kumar, AN IDOL MAKER FROM WEST BENGAL carve out the idols. With a little amount of dry grass, used to give posture to the idol, we mostly use sand and water. I am selling idols in the city for quite some time now and the special sand used to make these is brought from Beas. It has a perfect texture and colour ❞ for shaping the idols.” While his family, including five children and wife, lives back in his village in West Bengal, he comes here during the season to earn a few bucks. Durga Puja, Dasehra and Basant Panchami are the only three occasions in the year, when he earns money. Singhu, December 27 For the past over 11 days, several women are following a 7.30 am to 11 pm schedule. They cook, laugh and share stories at the Singhu border. Cooking langar for hundreds of people, a group of women from Chabbewal village busy themselves with a gruelling 16-17 hours’ schedule to feed the sangat at the Singhu border. The women said they came here to express solidarity with the farmers. Themselves from farming background, they said this was their way of pooling in for the struggle. Simranjit Kaur from Chabbewal says: “We came here about a fortnight ago. While a jatha from Hoshiarpur had originally c m y b from Hoshiarpur had originally come in, we have been joined by many more people now. More women keep chipping in, offering their services. Now, it's not just us. Everyone is keen on helping and doing their bit for farmers. We ourselves are from farming families. This is our way of expressing solidarity with farmers. Women from Chabbewal village, Hoshiarpur, cook langar at the Singhu border. TRIBUNE PHOTO come in, we have been joined by many more people now. More women keep chipping in, offering their services. Now, it’s not just us. Everyone is keen on helping and doing their bit for farmers. We ourselves are from farming families. This is our way of expressing solidarity with farmers.” With many people to cook for, these women are busy working throughout the day. Manjinder Kaur says: “We get up at 7 am and keep working throughout the day. We take breaks to rest or sleep, ❞ Simranjit Kaur, CHABBEWAL VILLAGE RESIDENT but since long hours of prep are needed for the langar, we are mostly cooking throughout the day. Hours go by in cooking, talking and we continued on page 2
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