Archive for May, 2010

Amritsar born Farida Khanum– legendry Pak singer loves coming to India


FARIDA KHANUM


By SAANJH

The voice of Farida Khanum has enchanted listeners for decades, on both sides of the border. The legendary artiste, when she was in Delhi recently, said she had always got a lot of love from India, and that the arts made a huge difference to cultural relations – something that an initiative like Aman Ki Asha has reiterated often.

“Lijiye hum aa gaye, pahunch gaye aapke paas,” is what she says genially when the conversation begins. “Yeh pyaar mohabbat humein kheench laye. Bahut bhaag daud karke visa liya hai. ICCR and Roots to Routes ne bahut bhaag daud ki, bahut mehnat aur lagan se kaam kiya hai,” she says, in a heavy Punjabi accent.

Farida Khanum was born in Amritsar and spent the early years of her childhood in Kolkata before their family moved to Pakistan during Partition. How often has she come to Delhi? “Bahut martaba aa chuki hoon. Eighteen years ago, I came here for a performance for the Gymkhana Club. Getting an NoC was a big problem at that time. That was my first time in Delhi,” she says.

Narrating the story of her years in India, she says, “Meri padaish Amritsar ki hai, belong toh hum Punjab se hi karte hain, par hamari family ka rehna Kolkata mein ho gaya. My elder sister worked in theatre and films there. “Waise hum Punjabi hain, par asli soch toh meri Bengal ki hi hai, uske liye bahut kashish hai mere dil mein. Dono mix hoke kuch achha hi ho gaya ki Allah ne fankar bana diya, aur aap bachcon ko sunke khushi hoti hai,” she says.

“We left home at first because it was announced that India and Pakistan were to be partitioned and so was the state of Punjab. Uss waqt kashmakash hui, ghar jalne lage, maramari ho gayi. Toh hamare logon ne kaha ki Pindi (Rawalpindi) chalte hain, paas hai, mahine mein wapas aa jayenge. We took just enough stuff for a month, but we could never come back after that. Announce ho gaya ki Amritsar Hindustan mein chala gaya. Bachpan ka time tha, humein laga ki yeh kya hua. We started living in Pindi and then moved to Lahore. Hamare liye toh Lahore bhi naya tha, Pindi bhi naya tha. Iss wajah se do-teen saal uljhan rahi. Jo gaana seekha tha usmein difference aa gaya. Then I joined Radio Pakistan. Jab Allah Taala ko izzat deni hain, kisiko naam dena ho, toh aawaz mein bhi khoobsurti daal dete hain, aur logon ko achha laga. Naam toh mera Farida tha sirf, radio ke liye Farida Khanum kar diya.”

In the context of Aman Ki Asha, what difference to bilateral ties does she think art and cultural exchange can make? “Bahut farak padta hai beta, government ka bhi mood cool ho jaata hai, artiste ke aane mein ijazat de dete hain. Usse artiste bhi khush hota hai – unhe mauka milta hai ki Hindustan jaa ke apne fan ko sunayenge, apnon se milenge, tarse hote hain Hindustan dekhne ke liye, sochte hain sair hogi, dosti hogi, mohabbat badhegi. Zahir hai, aapki mohabbat mein koi kami hai nahin, woh yaadein bahut hi khoobsurat le ke jaate hain, woh kehte hain ki hum dobara aana chahenge. Yeh mel-jol, pyaar-mohabbat purana hai, lekin ismein zara si jo rukawat hoti hai, uske baad jo ijazat milti hai, usmein aur hi mazaa aata hai,” she says emphatically.

And what sort of response has she got from her fans here? “Jab bhi main aayi hoon, pyaar ke lafz hi likhe hain aapne. Artiste ka dil bada ho jaata hai ki itna toh main gaati hi nahin jitna inhone likha hai. Bahut achha lagta hai. Allah ka shukr hai, haalaat behtar se behtar ho rahe hain. Duayein hi dete hain hum bhi.”

The listeners here in India have always been connoisseurs of music, and regard for the arts is only growing. “Ustad Amjad Ali Khan sa’ab ke sahabzade kitna khoobsurat performance dete hain, mausiki toh yahan ki zindagi hai. Abhi ki baat nahin hai, purani baat hai ki Hindustan mein gaana hoga toh uska aur hi rang banta hai. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sa’ab bhi issi pyaar se yahan aa gaye, ki fan ko bhi aage badhana hai, naye bachchon mein,” she says.

And which younger performers has she heard and liked? “There are many, so many!” she exclaims. “Nazia Hassan and her brother did some good, light music, their kind of pop was very different and did so well. Lekin jo humara idhar ka kaam hai (classical music and ghazals, etc), ismein bhi bachche dilchaspi le rahe hain, zahir hai usmein bhi unka riyaz badhega, ismein bhi tarakki hogi.”

AMRITSAR’S GAZAL TREHAN TOPS INDIA IN CBSE XII EXAMINATION WITH 97.2 %


BY RASHMI TALWAR

————-AMRITSAR MAY 21, 2010 ———-Gazal Trehan student of DAV Public School, Amritsar shares the “ India Top position” in CBSE XII Board Examination results, achieving an overall aggregate of 97.2 percent score in the commerce stream.
Congratulating Gazal who is also Head girl of the school, a thrilled school Principal Mrs Neera Sharma informed that Gazal has never taken tuitions and has been a topper throughout her schooling.
Gazal while talking to media persons at school premises today accompanied by her parents Pradeep and Vinni Trehan said she wishes to pursue in the commerce stream in the top college of Delhi –Sri Ram College of Commerce and further for MBA in Finance and target for IIM( Indian Institute of Management) Ahmedabad.

Indian Television artists Dhani Drashti and Gurmeet Choudhry visit Amritsar


BY RASHMI TALWAR

……AMRITSAR May 21 st 2010 ————Indian television artists Dhani Drashti and Gurmeet Choudhry likes a Punjabi Jutti (Shoe ) at a shoe shop in Amritsar . Dhani Drashti and Gurmeet Choudhry visited Amritsar for the shooting of their upcoming television serial “Geet” which telecast on Star One Channel

23 STUDENTS TAKE ILL IN AMRITSAR AFTER CONSUMING IRON AND CALCIUM TABLETS IN SCHOOL


BY RASHMI TALWAR

……….AMRITSAR MAY 21,2010 ———– About 23 students of GOVT SEN SEC SCHOOL, GATE HAKIMA in Amritsar studying in standard I to V ,took seriously ill after taking iron and calcium tablets distributed by the school authorities . The Supplements were distributed under the Mid -Day Meal Scheme of the Government of India. It was allegedly that poor quality medicines were distributed amongst students of the school just before serving the mid day sponsored under the central government scheme led to the incident. One of the parents said that the supplements were of poor quality which could be gauged from the fact that they would break/crumble on removing their foil . The students were admitted in the civil hospital in Amritsar in a semi conscious state and were reported to be out of danger .

Cop shot dead, eve teaser injured in firing on Tarn Taran SP(D)


BY RASHMI TALWAR

——-Amritsar May 19, 2010———One cop Balwinder Singh was shot dead while an eve teaser Sonu @ Maninder Singh was injured by a bullet injury as he and two of his accomplices tried to flee from Pizza hut restaurant in Amritsar, after an exchange of fire with the police, in the heart of the city on Lawrence road here on Wednesday.Tarn Taran SP (D) Malwinder Singh had gone along with his family to Pizza hut a popular pizza joint when he saw three boys misbehaving with two girls who left their seat and sat on a table closer to the SP(D) . Upon confronting the three youths the SP(D) exchanged heated words following which one of the eve teasers took out a pistol and threatened everyone in the restaurant . As the three were trying to beat a hasty retreat from the restaurant the SP(D) called out to his body guards to catch the three . Following this the three started firing on the policemen who replied with a volley of bullets at the three who were trying to flee in a Maruti Swift white car no PBO2K 5906. Onlookers say about a 100 rounds were fired during which a bullet punctured the tyre of the fleeing car .Two of the eve teasers fled while one Sonu @ Maninder Singh sustained bullet injury on his back .In the incident a cop Balwinder Singh was shot dead . The maruti car has been taken into custody said Malwinder Singh

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