HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014


Play on drug abuse staged at Kala Bhawan

One of the leading drama ensembles, The Sur Saanjh Society, staged their ninth annual production ‘Saudagar’ at the Randhawa Auditorium of the Punjab Kala Bhawan on Wednesday.

Kid from Jalandhar to make Bollywood debut

After making a mark in a teleserial, 12-year-old Avneet Kaur from Jalandhar has a bagged a film with one of the biggest banners in the Hindi film industry, Yashraj Films. She is all set to appear in Pradeep Sarkar’s upcoming movie Mardaani starring Rani Mukerji, who is plays a fierce cop in the film.Avneet thinks that she is really lucky to get her first break with such a big star. “It was a great experience working with her as I was amazed to see her acting skills and dedication towards her work. She was so friendly on the sets which made me comfortable around her,” shares Avneet.

When the cardiologist gave his heart away…

“I joined PGI, Chandigarh, in January 1986 and four months later he asked me to marry him,” Dr Yashbala, 51, a Chandigarh-based gynaecologist, tells us how she first snubbed her would-be husband, Dr Jagmohan Singh Verma, 57. Dr Yashbala, who was studying at the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, popularly known as PGI, admits: “Instead of being flattered, I asked him how dare he!” Dr Jagmohan, who was extremely reserved, did not pursue the matter further despite studying in the same environment day after day. Today, he is a noted cardiologist in a private hospital in Mohali.

Actor Dharmesh Tiwari dies at 63 in Chandigarh

Actor Dharmesh Tiwari, who is remembered for playing Kripacharya in epic TV show ‘Mahabharat’, died here on Wednesday. His friends said the cause of death could be diabetes. He was 63. Tiwari is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Finally, a film on 'Komagata Maru' incident

The tragic Komagata Maru incident, whose 100th anniversary falls this year, is finally going to unfold on the big screen as part of a co-production treaty signed between India and Canada.

Size matters in Tricity malls

A little over a decade ago, Chandigarh got its first mall in Fun Republic. FR, as it was popularly known, was the address to hang out with friends and family. Then we got DT and in quick succession came the rest, including Centra Mall, and before they knew it Chandigarhians were spoilt for choice. So when Larsen and Toubro’s Elante Mall arrived on the scene last year, there was an initial hesitation as many wondered if the tricity had already reached saturation in terms of the mall culture. A year on, we have a completely new story to share.

I am from this (Punjabi) soil: Mukul Dev

With a career that started back in the 90s, actor Mukul Dev has run the gamut of the entertainment industry; the formula films of the 90s, television and now what is touted to be the first ‘creature’ film to be made in Bollywood by the forerunner of horror genre, director Vikram Bhatt.

Viral Video: Hip-shaking Oxford students get love from Shakira

Riding on viral waves, a group of students from the Oxford University called 'Out Of The Blue' have managed to impress Shakira through their latest video that was made to raise money for a children hospital.

Honour your friends this friendship day

Friendship day is around the corner. Youngsters in the tricity are looking forward to celebrate the day with friends. Friendship day is a special occasion dedicated to the one of the most precious bonds in our lives, that gives it a special charm and adds great importance to it.


New generation ‘Jai-Veeru’ MANDEEP SINGH MULTANI, 20, and Rakshit Gupta, 19 Meet our new generation Jai-Veeru from University Institute of Engineering and Techology (UIET), Chandigarh. “Dosti is all about taking bullets for him,” says Rakshit, who feels totally blessed and proud to have someone like Mandeep. Their friendship is not less than a filmy action movie; they stood against each other during university elections, 2013, in a highly charged up atmosphere but eventually ended up being friends. Despite having been friends during their childhood years, the duo met after seven years. That is what we call destiny. Now they are inseparable.

An artist in IIT alumna

Artists are born and not made seemed to hold true for young engineer Sai Priya Mahajan, an alumna of the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, whose paintings were displayed at a solo exhibition at the Shobha Singh gallery of the Punjab Kala Bhawan on Saturday.

Recital by virtuoso Khandve regales audience

City-based Indian National Theatre(INT) in collaboration with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organised their annual ‘Malharotsava’-an evening of music of the rainy season at Bhavan Vidyalaya in Sector 27 here on Saturday.

Saving lives one app at a time

Global Shapers Chandigarh Hub launched a free Android mobile application,, that serves as an online blood bank and aims to eliminate the gap between demand and supply of blood, saving precious lives not only in the tricity, but across India and soon around the world.

Theatre fest ends amid standing ovation for ‘Lohakut’

The three-day third TFT Summer Theatre Festival concluded at the Randhawa auditorium, Punjab Kala Bhawan, on Wednesday with Punjabi play “Lohakut” getting a standing ovation.

So, who is your mentor?

With a new generation, come new ideologies, new technologies and a new way of life. Fortunately, our culture, more or less, has open-mindedly welcomed this transition period and is ready to make the best out of it.
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