Actress Kamini Kaushal visits PU,unveils plaque in memory of her botanist father Prof S R Kashyaphttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/actress-kamini-kaushal-visits-pu-unveils-plaque-in-memory-of-her-botanist-father-prof-s-r-kashyap/

Actress Kamini Kaushal visits PU,unveils plaque in memory of her botanist father Prof S R Kashyap

There is a need to instill the feeling of patriotism in youngsters today like it was earlier,said Kaushal.

“Films made today cater to only a specific section of society and people like us end up going back to those old films,” said veteran actress Kamini Kaushal,who was in Panjab University (PU) on Friday to unveil a plaque commemorating her father Professor S R Kashyap,an eminent botanist at the Kashyap Block in PU’s Department of Botany.

Actress Kamini Kaushal,whose real name is Uma Sood,was among the popular actors of her time and still does cameo roles in films. Her last appearance was in Chennai Express.

When asked if she still enjoyed working in films,Kaushal (86),said,“Things have changed and working in films is different these days. Films are made only for the younger generation. My last performance in the movie was just because Shahrukh Khan and I wanted to work together once.”

Kaushal added that she enjoyed writing and telling stories to children more than working in films.

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“I enjoy connecting with people through stories much more,” she said.

However,the veteran actress who was honoured with the Kalpna Chawla Excellence Award lamented,“People are still unaware that a Bollywood movie — Neecha Nagar — won the 1946 Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival. Kaushal was a part of the 1946 movie.

“Nobody remembers it and the movie never received the recognition that it deserved from the people in the country,” she said.

Talking about her father Kaushal said,“It is the proudest moment of my life to come to the varsity at a time when my father is being remembered.”

Kaushal added,“People on both sides of the border respect him till date. I was so surprised when I was invited to the Government College University in Lahore a few years back. I found my father’s office,where he had taught Botany for years,had been kept as it is with all his office items,pictures and memorabilia. Nothing was misplaced or removed.”

Recalling the time with her father,she said, “He was honoured by the British government but remained Gandhian at heart.”

“He spoke nine languages and had a brilliant photographic memory. Research remained his priority all through his life,” she said.

Calling upon the younger generation to be good human beings,Kaushal said,“There is a need to instill the feeling of patriotism in youngsters today like it was earlier. The Gandhian philosophy is as relevant today as it was then.”

S R Kashyap Annual Lecture announced

Chandigarh: On the occasion,vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover announced the university would institute the Professor S R Kashyap Annual Lecture in the botanist’s memory. After this,Kashyap’s daughter,actress Kamini Kaushal,announced an endowment of Rs 3 lakh for organising the lecture. Professor Grover informed that eminent agricultural scientist,M S Swaminathan,would be contacted to deliver the first lecture. ENS